Santa Fe Brewing Co. Opening New Beer Hall in Home City

By Ron Davis, Albuquerque Business First

Santa Fe Brewing

December 18, 2019 – The opening of Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s new beer hall and garden on Friday marks a continuation of the company’s efforts to be a destination brewery.

Patrons visiting the two-story, 6,000-square-foot beer hall at 35 Fire Place will be met by 32 taps and memorabilia commemorating the brewery’s history of more than 30 years. Windows across the facility provide a glimpse of the production process from beginning to end, as well as views of the beer garden and mountains nearby.

Other features include a Santa Fe Brewing Co. merchandise store, office and event space and live music.

The completion marks phase two of an expansion, said Brian Lock, owner and president of the brewery. It cost about $5 million, he said.

The 60,000-square-foot beer garden will also open Friday but the brewery will continue to touch up the area over the coming months. The garden will have a fire pit, space for outdoor games and a food truck that will have the brewery’s menu.

View the accompanying slideshow to get a sneak preview of Santa Fe’s newest beer hall.

Santa Fe-based Lockwood Construction served as general contractor on the project. Albuquerque-based McCLAIN-YU Architecture provided architectural direction. Nusenda Credit Union provided financing for the project, Lock previously told Business First.

Friday’s grand opening will be the first of two taprooms the brewery will open in the coming months. A second taproom is planned to anchor the Tin Can Alley project in Albuquerque, which is expected to be completed in early 2020, according to previous Business First reporting.

Santa Fe Brewing Co. also has an Albuquerque presence at Green Jeans Farmery.

Founded in 1988, Santa Fe Brewing Co. brewed 32,680 barrels in 2018, taking the top spot on Business First’s largest New Mexico breweries list. The brewery also has 40 full-time employees.