Start your ale adventure at Santa Fe Brewing Co., New Mexico’s first and biggest craft beer brewery. Launched in 1988 with the prized Santa Fe Pale Ale, Santa Fe Brewing Co. today brews a dozen seasonal and year-round beers. See the magic at work on a weekly tour of the brewery facility, and then sip some samples to find your favorite ales. Don’t forget to pick up a six-pack or two to take with you. Like many other area breweries, the Santa Fe Brewing Co. grows its own hops on a small farm in Rinconada, near the banks of the Rio Grande. Maybe that’s the reason why the new 7K IPA has become New Mexico’s best-selling craft beer.
Enjoy a lot more than just craft beer while you’re here. The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing—the brewery’s onsite venue— presents cool concerts by local and touring musicians and bands, surrounded by monstrous mountain views. The new Beer Hall at HQ serves beer, cider, wine and limited fare. There’s also a beer garden— a paradise of grass and trees where you can drink in nature’s beauty.
For a more intimate brewpub experience, head to Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s Eldorado Tap Room, off Highway 285 south of Santa Fe, in La Tienda. Choose from 14 taps, as well as wine and cider. Mingle with the locals and watch
football, soccer, tennis and more. In warm months, the patio is a popular place for people and dogs. Live music is often on tap, too.
Locals love to shop La Tienda, where the general store offers chic clothing, home decor and more. Grab a shot of espresso at the Coffeehouse, which also sells imported jewelry and textiles. Find sustenance at the authentic Thai Bistro—popular with locals.