Founded in 1988, Santa Fe Brewing Company was the first brewery in the state of New Mexico. Not only is the brewery the largest in the state, but it's also environmentally friendly and technologically advanced. Santa Fe Brewing has become a Santa Fe staple for its brews, food, and taprooms in "The Land of Enchantment."
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With a large variety of beers to choose from, Santa Fe Brewing breaks up their selection between flagship beers, seasonal beers, and barrel-aged sours. The flagship beers include staples like the 7K IPA, the Happy Camper IPA, the Java Stout, the Freestyle Pilsner, and the storied Chicken Killer beer. Two sours are permanently featured on the menu, along with rotating seasonal options. Every few months, Santa Fe likes to change it up with the addition of seasonal beers like Sunsetter (Farmhouse Ale) and Lustgarten (Dark Lager).
Santa Fe Brewing Company has a long history of barrel aging with Brettanomyces and other autochthonous yeast. One of the sours on the menu, the Kriek barrel-aged sour, won a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. The barrels are held in an underground, temperature-controlled barrel cellar made from recycled shipping containers. The barrel cellar holds tastings and can also be rented out for events.
With a focus on farm-to-table brewing, Santa Fe Brewing started a hop farm in Rinconada, NM, next to the Rio Grande. Four varieties of estate-grown hops are grown in Rinconada and are used in one wet hop beer brewed every autumn. One type, Neomexicanus, is a wild hop indigenous to Northern New Mexico and one of the only native North American hops suitable for brewing.
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