Second Street Brewery
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 73
Beer Avg: 3.67
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
4.66/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $
(This review is for the Second Street location, they have another location in the Railyard area)
Beer is not one of the first things that come to mind when one thinks of Santa Fe, NM. But that is changing. There are several very good places to taste the local brews and Second Street is one of the best.
As a local brewery the selection varies with on a monthly basis. Once they run out, you have to wait for the next batch. The seasonal options range from good to excellent. I tend to like trying different styles as they come up, but the standbys of IPA and Kolsh are always welcomed and available.
The names of the beers that they have available are on hanging wooden signs, but to get more detailed information on them, check out the 'menu' on the table. The listings have the ingredients as well as the ABV ratings other data. (Note, they don't serve harder alcohol, only beer and as I recall, maybe a couple varieties of wine as well as soft drinks. Remember, this is a brewery.)
If in doubt, request a sampler of their current offerings. Well worth the small investment, but I rarely find one I don't like. The narrowing process is more to help me select the best choice.
The service is very good. If you have any problems, they work hard to correct them. Ernie Bob is a great asset to the staff. He makes you feel like you've known him forever by the time you leave. And by now, he will just bring me what he thinks I'll like best.
The food is good for the typical bar variety. The green chili cheese fries and fish & chips are two standbys. But the daily specials usually offer a great value that pleases.
All in all, one of my favorite places to meet up with friends after a tough day at work. Usually, on Thursdays - Saturdays, they feature local musical acts in the evening.
Whether you are a visitor to Santa Fe or a local, it's a great place to have a bite and taste some unique beer.
01-29-2013 02:11:47 | More by CBearNM
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I am reviewing the new location right near the railyard. I went in during that dead 2-3pm time and found it light and new looking inside with a minimum of funk. The bartender was a great guy who talked to me about the beers and made my short stay enjoyable. The beers are good with their Kolsch being top notch ( it is their entry level ale ). The IPA was the best I had tasted in Santa Fe and the Octoberfest was better than Santa Fe Brewings version. Too bad they don't bottle or can any of their beers as they are a hidden gem . The food was pretty good with some nice green chilli stew on offer.
03-15-2011 17:21:01 | More by canucklehead
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I finally made it to this original spot. They have another location in the railyard district closer to downtown Santa Fe. I usually go there on my way through town. This place is much bigger than the branch. With a huge fire roaring as you walk in. The typical SF crowd, an amuzing care free mixed bunch. Good service and good food. I always spend more money than I plan to, but the check is always correct. Welcome to Santa Fe I guess. And I always bring at least one growler to have filled. This place is a little pricey, even happy hour pints are $3.50, and a growler refill is $10.50. Same with the food-the reubub sandwich is also $10.50. Yet I will go back again, because the beer is right! A must try in SF.
02-01-2011 22:47:14 | More by knm
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $
This place is easy to pass and sits back behind another building with a very small parking lot. We had to park down a dirt path by a bike path which was a bit odd especially because the bar wasn't really that crowded.
Once inside the place is a big 1/2 warehouse feel with warm wood paneling and big beams. There was a musician playing which was good but we could still hear everyone at the table talking during conversations. There was a nice patio but it was still a bit to cold to head out there. The bar is a small little half round bar in the very back corner of the room with a 1/2 open kitchen on the wall in front of it.
We ordered drinks and I asked for a vienna lager and got a Pale Ale which was very tasty and ordered another and our server was polite but didn't seem to know much about the beers. We ordered appetizers as they looked better than any of the entrees. The guacamole with tomatillos and just a hint of jalapenos was wonderful, however the mussels steamed in beer were not. 4 of the 12 were not open and the beer used was pretty bitter. We ate a few of them but couldn't finish they as the mussels tasted off. After we left we thought we should have told them they were really bad so others don't order them. They tasted a bit like they were old but the beer kind of masked that taste.
The beers were written on wooden hanging signs and written on a chalkboard with up coming beers which was a big help but they didn't really have any printed description of seasonals.
This was a nice brewpub with some decent beers but I will stick to the local fare to snack on when I go back.
04-16-2009 18:34:31 | More by rhoadsrage
4.2/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for drinks, too full from lunch to try the food. Very cold day, but despite that there were a couple people enjoying a pinon fire in the chiminea on the patio. Once inside it was a large area, orange and red rough walls and high ceilings. Large bar in the back, bar was full but there were some tables available. We ordered some beer samplers, and a glass of locally produced mead. Beers were all nice examples of the style, with many of them ranging towards hoppy (three pales or IPAs in the sampler). All of the beers were well made, and the staff was friendly and attentive despite a busy atmosphere. The food going out looked great - I definitely want to give it a try next time I'm in the area.
12-29-2008 00:53:55 | More by rowew
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the second time we have visited and it was just terrific again. They have a bountiful selection of very good beers. I had the blond and ESB. My wife and her brother stuck with one of their two IPAs. Anytime a brewpub offers more than one IPA, it gets extra points in my book. They had live music the night we visited and it was unnecessarily loud, so I've rated the atmosphere a little lower than I otherwise would. It gives of a relaxed hipster vibe; nobody was judging anyone on how they looked, which was a good thing after driving in all the way from Steamboat Springs. Food was great. I had the Salmon Salad, my wife had green chili and her brother had a steak. We all were pleased. Despite being very busy, service kept beers and water full and politely and promptly answered all our questions. We couldn't have asked for more.
08-01-2008 23:38:28 | More by dpkpr
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I got off of the bus feeling a bit disoriented, so I purchased a map, anticipating a ride into their city center. I was pleasantly surprised to see that 2nd Street was quite nearby and better yet, the brewpub was within a five minute walk. Things were definitely looking up!
By looking up, I spotted their sign pointing into a small cul-de-sac. Walking in, a sign on an old barrel asked me to "Please Seat Yourself." There was a small seating area off to the right; lots of standard restaurant tables and chairs in the center; some high butcher block tables and stools all of the way aft, on the left; and a patio area outside on the left side of the space. The half-moon shaped, laminated blonde wood bar was all of the way aft on the right side, just beyond the kitchen.
This place seemed to me to be just what I had imagined that a brewpub in New Mexico would look like. There were high ceilings with lots of suspended lamps and fans, a couple of skylights, and a warm color scheme. The paint looked as though it may have been sponged onto the walls and began as a deep reddish-orange near the floor and as it crept upwards, the shades gradually reduced to a bright lemon-yellow, giving a fiery feel to the place. My server that afternoon was Josh Wiley and following my yummy lunch of fish tacos, he took me into the brewhouse to meet Rod Tweet, their brewer and his assistant, Jordy Dralle.
Beers: Five were on-tap when I visited - IPA (6.0); Golden Ale (4.5); Cream Stout (5.2); Rod's Best Bitter (4.9); and Hefeweizen (5.1) with Otowi Pale Ale (5.1) and ESB (5.6) currently out. YMMV. All were good, but the IPA was my pick, as usual.
05-24-2008 21:59:29 | More by woodychandler
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited this place whilst on holiday from the UK 8 Sept 07.
A taxi ride out from downtown Santa Fe which costs about $12 each way which was worth the money.
Difficult to find, its right next to the Santa Fe Southern railroad line which passes close by.
Sat outside in the patio area but got pretty pissed off with the flies and insects - nice sunset though.
As for food. I had the Herb roasted chicken and the Mrs had fish. Both were less than $10 and very plentiful.
Beers were pretty good and when we arrived it was still "Hoppy Hour" and the beers were $2.79 a pint - that is pretty cheap.
I was well impressed with the Golden Ale - A superb refreshing quaffing ale that you can just pour down your neck on a hot day.
The only beer I tried that I though was average was the IPA.
The beers on tap were pretty much the same as you seem to find at most American brewpubs, standard range beers with the odd imaginative special. Beers on tap on my visit (unfiltered):-
Rods Best Bitter
10-23-2007 11:47:43 | More by SidSales
4.16/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has a decent crowd and a good selection of beers on tap. The service is just fine and I have no complaints. The beer is really good. During the week I stayed on my last visit, and the couple of trips I made there, I had the ESB, the IPA, and the RIS. All of them were solid to really good. Refreshingly far away from the whole plaza/railyard area. On this last visit I didn't have any food, but from what I had from them the time previous, I wasn't impressed. Don't get their chicken fried steak, especially if you know what a good chicken fried steak is supposed to taste like. The gravy is all weird. Back Road Pizza is just across the street from here, so I suggest going there if you're into good pizza and/or the gender-queer scene. As of a few years ago, Back Roads didn't have a booze license, and they would allow you to take growlers of beer from Second Street Brewery there. If that's still the case, I would suggest doing that in place of eating here.
04-30-2007 06:39:41 | More by goochpunch
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
This is the local's brewpub in Santa Fe, just a few blocks off of Cerrillos Road. It's not far from the downtown plaza, but it's hidden enough to make it clear that you're not in the tourist/art gallery mecca that is the old downtown.
From the outside, Second Street looks like an old warehouse, and its adjacency to some old train tracks reinforces the feel. They've got one long dining room with a few patios that allow for outdoor seating as well. Last time I visited Second Street, my friends and I lived it up for an afternoon of good beer and food in the warm Santa Fe sun. This time, I came through during a late winter weather spurt so I sat inside and listened to the live music--the Bill Hearne trio (a group that tours the Four Corners brewpub scene) and enjoyed my beer and dinner.
The atmosphere here is good--the liveliness of the crowd and the music give Second Street a friendly feel and the service was friendly. Unfortunately, that doesn't make up for ho-hum beer and skimpy plates of food. They had seven brews on tap--an IPA, two pale ales, a best bitter, a blonde ale, a cream stout, and an imperial stout. I sampled all of them except the imperial stout, and had pints of the IPA and blonde. All of the beers were competently done, but none of them stood out. My buddy and I had brought in an empty growler, intending to fill it with their best house brew and we left empty handed.
The food suffered from a slightly different problem: my reuben was tasty, but it looked as though they had served me a sauerkraut sandwich with a pair of slices of corned beef. The chefs here need to amp up the amount of food they're serving if they're going to keep charging $8 for a sandwich like this. In hindsight, I would have paid about $2.50.
Overall, Second Street is a run-of-the-mill brewpub with average beer and a fun atmosphere. Go for the music and the people watching; have a pint, but don't expect anything that will blow your mind.
04-08-2007 16:37:34 | More by benito
Second Street Brewery in Santa Fe, NM
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.