Santa Fe Brewing Company

Santa Fe Brewing CompanySanta Fe Brewing Company
Santa Fe Brewing CompanySanta Fe Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

35 Fire Place
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87508-4493
United States

(505) 424-3333 | map

Notes: Santa Fe Brewing Pub And Grill is located right next door @ 27 Fire Place.
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slander from New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Saw it off the highway some on our way up to Santa Fe, we seek it now in reverse outbound a-town. As we turned on the road to, I spotted a coyote and then Davo panicked when the pic needed to be taken (honestly, he just froze. Davo, not the coyote). It’s funny because 2 minutes later he claimed that it was he who spotted the coyote, when in fact, it was my I spy (and I’d already named him ‘Craig’ so you know it’s for reals). Continued up the road and parked and went to the brewery tasting room and pulled on the locked doors and looked with eyes and saw the darkness inside and felt the sadness and checked the hours and said ‘WTF? They’re supposed to be open ‘til 10’ and asked a guy in the parking lot the what what and he pointed to The Bridge, which is here where we are now. Thank you, parking lot guy…

It’s a long low building across the parking lot with a large outdoor space fronting. Inside, it’s bar to the left and chill space to the right and beyond. We will set up at the bar because that’s where the beer be. Long ‘J’ shaped hook copper topped bar with a service break, vertical wood base, & copper topped foot box, too; seating for 2 dozen on brown leather wood stools. 8 logo handles on a stainless ‘T’ tower pasted with brewery stickers on the main run of the bar and another on the backside hook. Mirror on the barback, growls shelved, & glassware below. Cold room for cans to go sits behind the barback. Glow lit logo piece light box, and strung baby holiday lightings (and I mean tiny little baby white lights; they are the coolest thing).

Draft selections listed on hanging slat boards in rows hooked (beer name, ABV, & IBU) and a few specialty beers on a board alongside (as they have not earned their place on slat boards as of yet). 14 beers up just now; 10 usual suspects? (Pepe Loco, Mexican Lager, 4.8%; Happy Camper IPA, 6.6%; Nut Brown Ale, 5.2%; Oktoberfest, 6%; Freestyle Pilsner, 5.5%; 7K IPA, 7%; Social Hour, Wit with Pineapple & Guava, 7%; Pale Ale, 5.4%; Java Stout, 8%; Chicken Killer Barleywine, 10%), and 4 specialty beers (Cabana Boy, IPL, 6.8%; Sunsetter, Farmhouse Ale, 5.3%; Diplomatic Immunity, Red Chile Chocolate Stout, 10%; Merky, DIPA, 8%). Did shortys of the Nut Brown Ale, Social Hour Wit, & Oktoberfest, and then got into Davo’s Chicken Killer Barleywine, which was really fucking nice. Chicken Killer Barleywine & Okto were best of show. I really would have liked to have gotten into that Red Chile Chocolate Stout but was cursed by driving responsibilities back to Albuquerque, dig?

A half dozen squared tables forward the bar populated by other people who know where the beer be. Some folks have their dogs running and doing the slide on the lino tiled floorings (we now know ‘Jack Shit’, he’s a Jack Russell/Shih Tzu mix). Pressed tin like ceilings with sunken spots, and the walls painted or wallpapered up with vertical windows and some narrow doors to the forward courtyard and side exterior seating for dirty, dirty smokers. A few tables, some copper topped bar counter ledge seating, & a few barrels riddled about for the stand around in that open area down past the bar. A pair of table shuffleboard games and a water station over there (me, pointing).

On the backside, a step down lower space with a band play area, a few bar tables of the raised roundie variety, & more copper topped bar counter run lining the ledges to the rear. Pool table in a small room on the far end and darts in the opposite corner. Large arched log rafter ceiling with skylight action and a staircase to a balcony off the stage area that wraps around atop for band viewing; cushy bench seating the length and shorty tables there.

Out front, the aforementioned courtyard with a covered stage area on the end. Concrete slab and slate ground work here, and a grassy patch along the forward fencings for the lying down on and shut up I’m not sleeping I’m just resting my eyes for a minute oh my god it’s so soft stop talking to me I’m not sleeping, no, I’m not, no, I’m not, no, I’m not. Some tables here and there and cornhole for the play.

Deetending tonight, she’s a Staten Island girl who got out. We applauded her for escaping New York City's least coolest borough. The place was pretty dead at damn near closing on a Monday night but the beers were good, and I could see this place being scene. We dug it.

Aug 21, 2020
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2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

The beer is great but the short, arrogant bar tender who is a dude with little man syndrome kept bullying the other bar tender who appeared to be relatively new.

The short jabronie with the flat bill cap verbal bullied the other bartender who was a super kind older guy with long hair. (I didn't catch their names)

At one point the short white patriarchy Oompa Loompa with self esteem issues found a piece of broken glass on the ground behind the bar and accused the nice bar tender of "trying to get someone hurt" the little person took the broken glass and poked the older guy in the arm causing him to bleed. The older guy was clearly irritated, hurt and embarrassed but remained professional and didn't make a scene.

The younger guy then started making loud comments verbally bullying the older bartender making all the customers feel uncomfortable. Ruined the experience, made me and everybody at the bar feel super bad for the old bartender from New York, who's probably trying to just get by.

Nov 27, 2019
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lackenhauser from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Was last in Santa Fe 2 years after these guys opened. Not even sure if they had a brew pub to visit then. Anyway stopped in at the end of The Turquoise Trail. On the side of Rt 14 but no way in the back entrance somewhat weird the gate was locked. Saw what I assumed was an employee leaving on a small dirt path so we drove in that way. Later figured out you are to go maybe 400 yards north and make a left down to their entrance. The pub itself is across from the brewery/tasting room in a building labeled The Bridge-again somewhat awkward to figure I dove right in. Maybe 10 beers on tap. Service was right there-prompt and friendly. Had the porter and one of 3 IPAs on tap. The porter was great and the IPA prety good as well. Scored some Chicken City barleywine to go. Very positive experience once we figured out the lay of the land.

Aug 19, 2018
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I stopped in here out of necessity a few year ago. We rented a Mustang convertible to take a "back roads" road trip from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. My hair was recently shorn, and I was not wearing a hat. By the time we got close to Santa Fe, by scalp was scorched. Lo and behold, we encountered this oasis of good bee and good food. We had the most incredible (and massive) chicken enchiladas. I would love to make a return visit!

Jun 07, 2015
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Ron22 from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

One of the reasons I miss living in Santa Fe. I can't wait to go down there this month and stock up on my favorite beer! No food selection, but not the reason I would go there. Service needs improvement, they aren't the friendliest place in town - but I was there for the beer only.

May 13, 2015
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Did a flight, service was good despite some taproom congestion. Beers were OK to good, but not great. Might stop again if I'm in the area, but wouldn't make a special trip.

Nov 13, 2014
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Irrenarzt from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Santa Fe Brewing isn't exactly a tourist mecca, but the beer is clean (mostly) and the locals will likely burn a bowl with you if you ask around. There is a funny septic tank smell at times, but that's being resolved as they need to tap into the local sewer line.

Overall, it's still the best Santa Fe has to offer.

Sep 24, 2014
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blindpiggie from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Jun 05, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Sep 16, 2013
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jonharter from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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!!

Aug 24, 2013
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calcio360jrd from Florida

5/5  rDev +31.2%
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!

Jun 28, 2011
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mar 15, 2011
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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.

May 01, 2008
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goochpunch from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Ended up here on my most recent trip to Santa Fe. I went on a night where there was a show, but I didn't feel like shelling out the 10 bucks for some local band I'd never heard of, so my company and I were delegated to the dining area. One of the barmaids was awesome and the other was a bitch, so I give it a 3. They had a good selection on tap, covering a lot of areas. I had the wheat eber, which was awesome, and I had the Java Stout, which was pitiful. I've never eaten here and I don't even know if they serve food.

Overall, I prefer the older location, back when I went to school in Santa Fe. The crowd used to be more college students and 20-somethings. Now it seems like your typical Santa Fe douchebag watering hole. Full of pretentious dicks.

Apr 30, 2007
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benito from Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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.

Apr 09, 2007
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jim102864 from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Mar 20, 2007
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barleywinebrewer from New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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!

Jun 21, 2006
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Wolfsdenbrew from New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Went for lunch and a few brews one Saturday while shopping around Santa Fe with the misses. Brewery is housed in one building and the pub is right across the parking lot. Nice huge patio with an outdoor bar and music stage for live concerts. Southwestern decor inside with another stage and bar. Had 8 or 9 beers on tap. Somewhat self-serve, order at the bar and they bring the food out to you. Mostly sandwiches, apps and salads. Was told that there was no plans for a full dinner menu right now. Food was really good and the beers were just as good.

Jun 07, 2006
Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe, NM
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