It has been a few years in the making, and now Santa Fe Brewing Co. has a new beer hall to show off this new year.
“It’s been a vision that’s finally culminating,” said Brian Lock, owner of Santa Fe Brewing Co. “Five years ago is when I actually pulled the permit itself to build the entire complex, so it’s kind of phased over several years. The first phase was the building of the warehouses and finished product storage and then installing the new canning line high-speed filler, and then the second phase was kind of brew house and new taproom, and it’s finally coming to an end.”
The first floor of the 6,000-square-foot beer hall features the main bar. Behind the bar is a large window that provides a view into the brewery’s canning facility. A large community table provides seating. Visitors can also peruse a retail shop that showcases local artists who use Santa Fe Brewing Co. cans and bottle caps to create jewelry such as bracelets and earrings. Other brewery-related items can also be found at the store.
The beer hall’s second floor has a large outdoor patio deck that overlooks the beer garden. Inside, there is plenty of seating, including a lounge area with some couches. A private party room on the second level can be rented out. The private space can accommodate up to 25 people. The room has a window that looks into the warehouse, where the new brew house is.
“We also have our history wall, and that’s on our second level as well, where we kind of dedicated this entire wall with niches to display the packaging that we have kind of evolved over the years with,” Lock said. “There’s another one that has articles and photos over the years since Santa Fe Brewing has been around. It is a good kind of history lesson on the brewery, because we’ve been around for 30-plus years now. We have a decent history.”
Lock split the landscape development into two phases. The installation of a big gas fire pit is part of the first phase. The current bark on the beer hall grounds will be replaced with sod. The second phase will begin in the spring and focus on adding yard games to the beer garden. The area will feature horseshoe throwing pits and either a few miniature-golf holes, bocce ball or another outdoor game.
“When it’s all said and done, I’ll probably be looking at 60,000 square feet of outdoor beer garden,” Lock said.
The brewery also will be opening its second Albuquerque taproom in the spring inside Tin Can Alley, at San Pedro and Alameda NE. Tin Can Alley is being developed by Roy Solomon, who is also behind the shipping container development Green Jeans Farmery, near Carlisle and Interstate 40, where Santa Fe Brewing Co. opened its first taproom in Albuquerque.
“Architecturally speaking, there is some shipping containers incorporated in the build-out, so it’s kind of a mix between traditional buildings and containers, which visually gives it a lot of interesting angles,” Lock said of Tin Can Alley.
The entire area of Tin Can Alley is licensed so people can walk around with beers they purchased from Santa Fe Brewing Co. Guests will also be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the Sandia Mountains from the taproom’s upper level.
“The way it was oriented, the views of the Sandias are going to be spectacular, because we have a nice patio and deck that’s going to look right at the Sandia mountains, and it’s going to be great in the summer and the warmer months,” Lock said. “It’s just a big outdoor rooftop patio.”
Santa Fe Brewing Co. will release its cider in cans in the late winter or early spring. It will be canning a straight apple cider as well as a tropical punch cider. The brewery is looking to launch a couple of hard seltzers in the spring, as well. Lock is considering planting fruit trees for use in its ciders.
“There’s enough room at the main location that we can easily throw some fruit trees there, because we’re almost on 8 acres out here at the headquarters,” Lock said. “We’ve got a lot of room and some space where we could throw in some fruit trees. It’s nice not to be landlocked or tied to a certain property and be limited on the growth because of that.”