Santa Fe Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -16.3%
The third and final stop on my brewpub tour of Santa Fe. SFBC is located not far from the junction of Cerrillos Road (Santa Fe's main thoroughfare) and I-25. I first noticed it when biking into a nasty headwind on the frontage road and was happy to return the following day.
It was a cold day in Santa Fe, so the patio was deserted, but at lunchtime there were a fair number of folks in the small tasting room. The kitchen, main dining room, and concert space are set off away from the bar. It's a big, largely underused space, and there's not much to speak of in the way of decoration other than a lot of Santa Fe Brewing Company merchandise. I can imagine things being much nicer on a warm day when the patio is open or when there's a concert, so plan your visit accordingly.
Their set-up for service is a little odd as well: you order your food and drinks at the cash register and then pick up your own food when it's ready from the kitchen. I passed on food, having eaten just an hour or so earlier, but I did try the sampler--about three ounces of each beer and only for $6.
They had eight brews on tap: pilsner, blonde, wheat (hefeweizen), pale ale, IPA, nut brown, Belgian dubbel, and "imperial" java stout. They also serve a doppelbock and a barleywine, but neither was on tap. The Santa Fe Wheat (Hefeweizen) was the best of the lot--refreshing and not cloying in its sweetness. I enjoyed the pilsner and the blonde as well, found that their pale ale and IPA were unbalanced towards bitterness, and thought that the Belgian and nut brown were underwhelming in terms of flavor. The java stout was very good, though there was nothing "imperial" about it; that, of course, is merely a marketing problem. Were I to return, I would happily order a pint of the wheat or the stout.
Since craftbeer options in Santa Fe are limited, SFBC is a de facto 'must see' if you're doing the craftbeer tour of Santa Fe. But it's not anything overwhelming. So go and support local craftbrew, and do it when they've got live music.
04-09-2007 14:19:31 | More by benito
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
A bit of a drive from the center of town in this high desert country that I visited last week. 10 miles isn't exactly cross country, but it took awhile to get there due to moderately heavy traffic at rush hour. Anyway, this combination brewery immediately across the driveway and brewpub is located in a remote area, away from the Santa Fe Center and somewhat off the beaten path for less adventureous tourists and business travelers. The bar itself is rather small, seating maybe 10 tops. It had a wonderful copper surface and sat in an open dining area with an adobe type fire place in the corner and several tables and chairs nearby. Amazing tin ceiling with an intricate design. Nice selection of 7 of their own on tap plus one imperial stout that wasn't available (wouldn't you know it). Enjoyed both the porter and dopple bock. Didn't enjoy the slow talker sitting next to me who had an opinion about everything, but the engineer from Los Alamos came in and shut the guy up with his pointed yet humerous commentary about life in this "artists enclave". Good spot to check out if you're willing to drive away from all of those Georgia O'keefe posters, postcards and jewelry stores downtown.
03-20-2007 01:01:28 | More by jim102864
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
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
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
I found this via the beerfly trying to see what options I had on my business trip. The good news - great beers on tap and friendly staff. The not so good news - very limited menu. The website does not hide the short menu. That said, I would go again. The brews were great - we had the barleywine, the stout and the hefeweizen. The food was good and served quickly. I liked my burger - green chile as an option. The cole slaw was a thai inspired creation that worked wonderfully! If you get a chance go!
06-21-2006 16:50:29 | More by barleywinebrewer
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
Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe, NM
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.