Santa Fe Brewing Company
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.64/5 rDev -1.1%
Not exactly what I was expecting from one of the widest distributing breweries in the southwest, this place has the vibe of an all-ages frat house. Nice looking bar area, but that's about it as the rest if the brewery seems as though it hasn't been improved upon in the 20+ years of business. We found the balcony on the second level which has really nice views of the mountains and a well patronized ping-pong table. Beer is mostly what hits distro, but the pricing is almost absurdly cheap even on packaged beer. The bar was slammed almost constantly and the single bartender on duty seemed a bit frazzled, which was understandable. Overall a fun place, but not anywhere I'd take the family.
06-05-2014 03:58:54 | More by blindpiggie
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
I grew up in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico and often heard about this place, about shows here, and never knew back then that a local, homegrown establishment was leading the charge to bring good craft beer to America's homes. For 25 years---their anniversary party was 6/29--- these guys have been offering good beer and I was shamefully oblivious to this for at least 18-20. That's appalling.
Do yourself the favor and find out about this place. Pay a visit. Drink the beer. I can't vouch for the food because I didn't eat any, but remember first and foremost this is a brewing company. Appreciate the beer.
Here's my rundown of the beers I really enjoy:
Imperial Java Stout- The java in the name is your clue. This thing pours dark as night and could easily be confused for a cup of coffee. But it's smooth, has a great mouthfeel and can even be drank on a hot summer day.
Happy Camper IPA- Again, a smooth and drinkable beer. This beer is more malty than hoppy on the nose, but the hops come through on the tongue. It's a fine balance of malts and hops. A great BBQ beer.
Freestyle Pilsner- Clean, crisp, exactly how the European forebears have been doing it for ages. Another summer beer or for when you're too full for a big beer.
Saison 88- A brand new beer that debuted at the anniversary party. This is a great summer drink as well. Wheaty, fruity, with hints of wine or grapes, this had a good complexity to it.
Chicken Killer- A barleywine, this one is less hoppy than most I've encountered recently. There are certainly wine-like elements to this beer, though this comes from the prune, plum, raisin hints on the tongue.
Kickin Chicken- This beer I like, although it will throw off many. It's a barrel-aged version of the Chicken Killer, so in theory it's a barleywine, but it took on some major sour characteristics. If you like sours, you'll like this.
There are a number of other beers on tap like the Brown, the Pale Ale, and the State Pen Porter that I've enjoyed in the past but can't remember well enough to comment on. Bottom line, the beer here is good.
As for the venue, it's very different from other breweries in New Mexico. The tap room is small, but the outdoor patio and the second floor patio are unique.
Oh, and the $4 pours are a steal!
09-16-2013 21:53:15 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.64/5 rDev -1.1%
My friends and family frequent this tap room on our trips to Santa Fe. The service is always great. One server happily put a Spurs game on the TV for us during the NBA playoffs. You can order food from a few nearby restaurants and the beer is great!!
08-24-2013 20:15:05 | More by jonharter
5/5 rDev +35.9%
Right outside of town in santa fe is the santa fe brewing company, a great place to get a great brew. This hidden gem produces some great beers, including kickin chickin bourbon barrel aged barleywine and the imperial java stout, 2 of my favs that i think are some of the best in the style worldwide. Get the sampler of all the beers on tap, i believe it was $5 or $6, best all time deal the last time i was there, for that price i tried all 11 of there beers on tap and chicken killer from an open bottle. Brewery was getting some new and better equipment last time i was there, the tour was very good, and the tasting room is small and quaint, the bartenders know what they are talking about. All in all a great place that every time im in santa fe i make sure to visit!
06-27-2011 23:01:19 | More by calcio360jrd
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
Way out of town right close to the State Pen this is a place for locals ( unless you are a big beer fan you would never drive this far out of town) to eat and have beer. I went at lunch and it was semi busy with military guys (officers) drinking Ice Tea at the next table. The vibe inside is low key and relaxed but the food is decent and the beer selection is pretty good with the State Pen Porter being the best beer. Get the sampler as some beers are not great. The brewery is across the parking lot and you can buy canned six packs there though Trader Joes has them cheaper for some reason.
03-15-2011 17:13:40 | More by canucklehead
3.16/5 rDev -14.1%
Went here with my girlfriend. They had 8 beers on tap. I tried the Dopplebock, which was too bitter for the style. The hefe-weizen was excellent and required another pint. The Belgian Dubbel was not good at all. They forgot to use Abbey yeast, and the beer tasted like candi sugar in excess. The pale ale was OK. The IPA was pretty thin bodied for the style, and a little too bitter. The brown was ok, and the blonde was actually pretty damn good, really easy to drink. On average, I would give the beers a 3.75. The service was OK. Although it was sit down, you placed your order at the bar. There was a coin-op pool table, and the 3 15bbl fermenters were on display behind a glass enclosure. The bathrooms were almost as large at the bar itself. We didn't have any of the food. Pretty easy location, only a minute off I-25 with plenty of parking. The brewery is located right next door. I got the impression they bottle a few of their beers.
05-01-2008 17:40:48 | More by Mitchster
Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe, NM
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.