This place is a great place but I am allergic to pubs who serve their beer in a fíííing plastic cup, thatís never ok. They only serve their own beer wich I think is awesome and shows great confidence, the bartender was cranky and that in combination with the plastic mug debacle made the grading much lower than it propably deserved.
Both locations offer a similar atmosphere, where itís quiet enough to talk to people yet itís dark enough that you donít have to be reminded that youíre drinking during daylight hours. Like the other location there is an irritating alley way to get into if you want to park. The building itself is nice looking.
They have eight taps which seem to rotate regularly. Most of the stuff looked like it would be year round but the wall next to the bathroom tells a different story. They have a sign for each beer theyíve had on tap and itís easily three dozen. During my visit they had two IPAs, a kolsch, a rauchbier, an Oktoberfest, an amber, a cream stout, and a mild. Not the most exciting lineup in the world but it seems to sell. As it turns out the second IPA was for the New Mexico IPA Challenge. Not sure thatís really fair, unless they have a rule that La Cumbre isnít allowed to enter.
The service was friendly and offered free tastes of several beers. They do individual tasters or they can give a splash of the beer for free. For things like the rauchbier and the amber I just went with a free taste, since those are inherently inferior styles. Prices were pretty good when you factor in the free tastes. I could see making this part of a pub crawl with Marble and all the stuff near the plaza.
A nice location in the Railyard with a large patio and a nice space inside. Our server was friendly and helpful and knew some things about the beer. There were 8 beers on tap and a sampler was available. Had a cheese and cold cut plate that left a little something to be desired. Prices were a bit high. A cool place overall.
Located near an old railroad depot. Parking is not plentiful. I ended up with a spot a couple of blocks away. Interesting space though everything felt a bit cramped. They had 8 beers on tap which were solid but Not spectacular. You could say the same thing about the food. Decent local place but not really a destination.
Great location if youíre touring around near their location. Impressive space with a decent selection on tap. Definitely has potential.
Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 29, 2011
I probably like the 2nd St location better than the Railyard, but they are similar. The bar area is smaller here, and the patio faces north so you donít get as much sun. I guess in July thatís a good thing, but in the autumn itís not as good. The beers are okay - same as the brewery location. The website is updated daily for the beer list, something all breweries should do. I really appreciate that from these guys. Service here is fine, the food is the same as the other location.
This is in the Railyard district, which is Santa Feís attempt at urban. Not a bad job of it, considering the size of the town. On weekends is the best time to come down here, day or night, because of a festive atmosphere. From the brewpub patio you can watch all the action, and the people watching in Santa Fe is great--better than youíd think. There are live bands and DJs at the Railyard depot sometimes on the weekends, and of course farmers market on Sat makes this brewpub one of the better places to sit in warmer months when the patio is open and you can watch it all. I have to say, though, the kolsch was off at this location and I think the beers are overall better at flagship Second Street location.