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Blue Corn Brewery

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Blue Corn BreweryBlue Corn Brewery
BA SCORE
86
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 84
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4056 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87507-2604
United States
phone: (505) 438-1800

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Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

I went to Blue Corn on a night I had just arrived on a business trip from the East Coast. It was toward the later end of the evening, perhaps an hour before closing.

The atmosphere and decor was very typical of the Santa Fe area. There isn't a single place I've been out there that doesn't carry a Southwest theme, which I like - everything consistent. There was a big fireplace in the middle of the restaurant, the lighting was dim.

As a vegetarian, I truly appreciate restaurants that list the items that are vegetarian or can be made vegetarian. This menu included that feature. Also, not being from the Southwest, my knowledge of the cuisine is limited so when I asked the waiter for his recommendation about the food, he made his suggestion quickly and confidently. I thought the food was good but not outstanding. The place had an overall "chain" restaurant feel and the food was on par with that. It was enjoyable, it was filling, but I wasn't raving about it later, the way I have about some of the local places.

It was sometimes hard to get the waiter's attention... since it was near closing there weren't a lot of other patrons but I suppose there are other responsibilities that go with closing.

As for the beers, I tried the Plaza Porter, being a porter fan. I wasn't disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this drink.

I would go back to Blue Corn, but I don't know that it would be my first choice. However, it was open significantly later than the more local restaurants (most of which closed at 9 pm!) - I believe it was open until 11 pm, and this was a Thursday night. A good choice, if you are looking for something "reliable" with decent hours and at least one good beer (since I can't speak for the others!)....

BlueHammer, Mar 16, 2006
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Photo of Mitchster
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%

Typical brewpub appearance, located near an outlet mall of sorts. The dining room is punctuated by three tall copper fermenters and a long bar. I had the beer sampler and wan't impressed with any of them. On average, I would give all the beers a 2.25 or so. They were all thin bodied and were quite skimpy with the malts. The pale ale was the best of the bunch, but still not up to par. The stout wasn't terrible, but the ESB was awful. The service was quite quick and our waitress was nice. We loved their homemade salse and the blue and white corn chips were served warm. Parking was a little tight during dinner hour. I am not inclined to go there for the beer, but the menu looked decent. The entrees were in the 12-15$ range.

Mitchster, May 01, 2008
Photo of xymyl
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

The waitress was very attentive and helpful. After we were done eating, she found answers to a couple questions that I had. Not confident in her answers, she said, "I'll get the brewer". The brewer (Daniel Jaramillo) wasn't there but the brewers assistant Justin Hamilton came out and talked for a few minutes and answered a couple of other questions I had. Everybody is busy in a brewery, so I appreciated him taking the time.

All of this excitement took place at the southside location which houses the brewery. Very nice atmosphere, copper tanks and malt bags on display toward the entrance. Only thing I noticed was that some of the malt bags had stains on them. That scared me but all the beer was in great shape, no salsa or mustard flavors (or whatever those spills were). Simpsons malts were in heavy supply which was good. I like Golden Promise! Even saw a guy grab a couple of bags and take them back to the brewery. Of course, maybe they are just display bags that they move around a few times a day just to make you feel like the whole place is a brewery. Either way, it is a stupid place to keep malt, but it adds to to the charm.

Enough negativity, this place was just what I was hoping for. Good Mexican food with better quality beer pairings. I really liked the food (had a new mex combo platter).

The beer was surprisingly good. I'll add individual reviews on some of them too. But here are a few basic notes: St. Erins Stout was a great example of a Dry Irish Stout, just slightly sweeter and more robust. A great beer.

The new Sleeping Dog Stout was very complex and interesting a lot sweeter with more burned and roasted notes than the St. Erins

The Honeymoon wheat is worth getting a $1.00 sample glass. Very interesting, like drinking orange flowers. Great for someone who "doesn't like beer", but for a real beer drinker a sample will be plenty.

The Marble Red Lager was also a great example of hitting a basic style without blanding it down. Very drinkable.

Organic Primal Pale was a real standout as a Double IPA. Big, balanced and very drinkable despite its 9%+ Alcohol.

What a great place to stop for lunch on a long long road trip from almost Mexico to almost Canada. I'll be back for lunch on my next AZ to MN road trip.

xymyl, May 24, 2007
Photo of jim102864
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Located in a shopping mall zone, traffic was busy near this brewpub, but using my trusty Neverlost in my rental, I found the place 5 or 6 miles out of the center of Santa Fe quite easily. A paved parking lot started this visit off on the right foot (another place I visited earlier in the week had a dirt driveway). Far and away the cleanest and most modern of the three brewpubs I visited during my business trip last week to Santa Fe. A nice place to stop in for decent brews and a pleasant, though not overly interesting atmospere. The bar itself is U shaped and has large, colorful renditions of the labels of several of their house beers on its surface. Each label is cartoonish and obviously done by a professional artist. I tried the End of the Trail Brown Ale...malty and flavorful. Also, the Plaza Porter which had a mild smokey flavor and was a respectable rendition of the style. Place was very busy last Thursday early evening. Liked the large copper fermenters located immediately adjacent to the bar. A nice spot to visit for a few and perhaps sit a while and watch the ball games on the several tv's near the bar. A good spot by Santa Fe standards and one I'd visit again if in the area in the future.

jim102864, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

I went here for a quick lunch at the bar. The brewery/cafe is oddly located on the second floor of a trendy and touristy shopping plaza kind of building in Santa Fe, so it's easily convenient to get to from all the major attractions (like the Plaza). The bar area was very modern and all the beer labels remind me of college sports team mascots. The menu selection was great - lots of choices, and a good amount of spicy-ness (typical of the southwest). I had the chipotle chicken sandwich which was quite spicy. They had a large selection of beers and served a tasting sampler.

kdoc8, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

I have been here a few times on my travels through New Mexico. For one the food is lacking huge. I hate New Mexico except for the food. Blue Corns food does not stand up to its local competetors when it comes to southwestern food. The beer is mediocre and there are a few enjoyable ones such as the Plaza Porter. To be honest I actually found the homemade rootbeer to be the best drink they offered. Thats not a bash against their beers its just simply really good rootbeer. My girlfriends mom lives in Santa Fe and she says nobody from New Mexico actually eats at Blue Corn. So if you in New Mexico ask around for great local places. The food is great in New Mexico and most local places with wonderful food have a decent beer selection as well. I do not reccomend Blue Corn unless you have a craving for some awesome rootbeer!

ryantupy, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of porter17
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

This place was in the center of town and was packed when we were there. There were a lot of tourists there. The place was packed but the majority of their business is from food not beer (I didn't eat but it looked and smelled great.) I had a sampler, whcih had 7 or 8 beers and there was a wide variety. They had a brown but not porter or stout---guess because it was almost summer. Bummer. The beers, on average, were ok--nothing bad but no real standouts. The quality was ok. They care about their beers but, again, food comes first. The service was very good and the atmosphere, which was lively when we arrived (we even sat out on a little terrace they have), was exactly the opposite when we left--- a few people were at the bar but they I think they were getting ready to close since the dinner croud was gone. It was only about 11 or 11:30 PM, and it was a Friday night. Overall, worth the stop, just go early. I'd advise giving the food a shot to.

porter17, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of briman
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

Seems like a typical brewpub, decent but not memorable beers. Good selection, did the sampler which contained 7 beers that night. The one beer I didn't like at all was the brown, it had a very odd taste, and wasn't what you would expect from a brown at all. The golden, pilsner were pretty much average. The pale, red, & wheat beers were better, but again not outstanding. The best of the bunch was easily the porter...great balance, and finish. If I went back I would definately stick to that beer. My only complaint was that the night I went the service was a little spotty, which seemed odd since there were only a dozen people in the place.

briman, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

I have attended several Blue Corn locations in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The atmosphere is comprable to Chilies or any other typical bar and grill resturaunt. It is almost always crowded and noisey and, in Santa Fe, full of tourists. I have found the service to be consistently sub-par. You can wait a long time for a table, an even longer time for a waiter, and I have been served cold food at the Cerillos location.

The only reason to go here is for the beer, which is quite tasty. I have had four or five of their beers now and they range from decent to really good. They always seem to have something new on tap and attempt unusual styles. The food is really a poor specimine of New Mexican quizine and is pretty over-priced. It isn't totally awful, but you can do SO much better. My advice is have a beer here before or after eating elsewhere.

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

I hit Blue Corn after 2nd Street Brewing as I headed back to Albuquerque. This brewpub is located in a strip mall and maybe a little hard to see if going westward.

You walk in and the bar is to the left and the dinning area is straight ahead. The ambiance leans towards a sports bar. Generally I dislike sports bars (4 TVs), however, the beer, food, and service was excellent.

I tried a 10oz pull of the Chama Amber 2 and the End of Trail Brown Ale.

The Chama Amber 2 at 6.8 ABV was malty sweet, with a slight trace of hops-what initially hit me was alcohol. I did enjoy this beer and would have liked to have had a full pint but as I was driving that wasn’t an option.

The End of Trail Brown Ale was a nice inoffensive beer-nothing special but not bad either-this reminded me of Shiner Bock-light on the body and the hops-a good beer to have with New Mexican food.

The food was good-some of it was great. I had the New Mexico sampler of four. One beef enchilada, one beef taco, one beef tamale, and one chili rellano. The best of the four was the chili rellano.

I enjoyed this place I would have liked it more with less TV.

bradybeer, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of loren01
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

The wife and I visited Blue Corn this summer on our vacation. I must say that the Blue corn was the highlight of our stay in Santa Fe. Didn't care for the town much but this place is top notch. Had a bite to eat and a beer during lunch hour and liked it so much we came back for supper. I had just one beer, the Hefe, which was outstanding, kind of reminded me of a Paulaner Hefe. The food was probably the best Mexican food we ate the whole trip. Service was great both times we were there and the prices were not too bad either. Overall I would highly recommend this place. good things.

loren01, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

More restaurant that brew pub, but the brews are very, very good (including an exceptional Pale Ale). In addition to the pale ale, I had their ESB and Brown Ale--both of which are well above average on a nationwide scale.

As a Bostonian, perhaps I'm a better judge of Seafood than SW cuisine, but I would describe the meals my family shared as excellent. The fare is Mexican and is as good as anything I've had in this part of the country.

If you find yourself in Santa Fe (which is a magnificent place to visit without the beer), I recommend that you go out of your way to visit this place. Beerwise, this is something of an oasis in the SW.

smcolw, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of DarthMalt
4/5  rDev +7.8%

If Santa Fe doesn't get your Yuppie/Gen-X/BA endorphins raging, then Blue Corn Cafe will.

Indigenous drinkin' buddy and I hit here at 2:00 in the afternoon, so we ponied up to the "deserted" [HA! HA! Get it?] bar to sample the local micros.

Not too shabby. If you were to expect New Mex's micro scene to be as desolate as the landscape, you would be horribly mistaken!!! Blue Corn's brews bring back the best of what micro brew has to offer. The High Altitude Pale Ale is as glorious an unfiltered, dry-hopped masterpiece as there is, and their IPA is basically the APA x2.

Service is friendly, and the atmosphere is classic, Mexican dreamscape, with bacteria-free U.S. water-works as an added benefit.

A definite stop on the definite tourist trap. Blue Corn excels!



PS - Although not part of my itinerary, the restaurant looks as though it rules (Serious, upper-hotel-deck, double-conference-room, Mexican-tiled, Pueblo-roof-rafters service for the peak hours. A definite "must-do" next time out.)

DarthMalt, May 13, 2003
Blue Corn Brewery in Santa Fe, NM
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.