SANTA FE, N.M. — Not far from the Plaza, where businesses typically cater to tourist traffic, there’s a new taproom aiming to catch the eye of young locals with new or unusual craft drinks.
What started as joke-like banter between New Mexico Hard Cider owner Craig Moya and Boese Brothers Brewing Co.’s Sam and George Boese about opening a new bar eventually led to a budding business partnership, Desert Dogs Brewery and Cidery.
The taproom, which opened on San Francisco Street Sept. 1, offers favorites from both Moya’s Cerrillos Road cider-based pub and Boese Brothers’ popular Albuquerque bar/brewery, in addition to new drinks that have been developed collaboratively.
After searching in both cities, the business partners fell in love with 112 W. San Francisco. The suite formerly used by the Santa Fe Culinary Academy worked because of its downtown location, outdoor patio and “rustic, Southwestern” feel, said Sam Boese.
Though Desert Dogs has had a flow of both tourists and residents since opening, the owners say their focus is on attracting a local following. Sam Boese says they intentionally stay open later (???) for people who work at nearby restaurants or bars to come and relax after a shift. The bar also includes free foosball, pool and mini-shuffleboard.