Santa Fe Brewing Company
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 2,371
Beer Avg: 3.62
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
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
5/5 rDev +35.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
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
Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe, NM
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.