On the positive side, the beers that I tried were pretty good, the food was not bad, and the value was appropriate for the downtown location. However, the selection of beers was not amazing, and the service was slow and lazy. The setting was pretty good with outdoor patio seating but its definitely not a place I would seek out on a return visit.
Bit hard to find despite the very central location, but that’s common in Santa Fe. Excellent food and pretty decent house brewed beer. Kudos for variable serving sizes, allowing a sampling without getting too inebriated. Recommended.
Downtown location across from the Coyote Cafe. Open chain-restaurant feel. Ten or so beers on tap, all of their own making. To my surprise, the green chile tamales were actually among the better meals I had in Santa Fe this trip.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 4, 2014| Updated December 8, 2014
Visited October 15, 2014.
Didn’t realize that this is the only still-open location. Stopped in on the way out of town. Actually tried the night before but they were closed by that time. It’s a bit confusing if you come in on Water St since you have to walk all the way through the building to the pub which is actually on the next street over. Luckily there are signs through out the building that lead you there. Also, along the way there are plenty of trinket stores as well as a few art galleries. One of them was pretty neat. Lots of metal sculptures made of welded metal. All expensive as hell but it was neat looking.
The pub is very open even if you have to walk through a long hallway to get there. They have 10 house taps going which include 6 year round beers and 4 seasonals. One of the seasonals was a Berliner and they advertised trying it with the peach syrup but they were out. Oh, and the Berliner was $2.25 a pint, as it should be. The service was friendly and kept the waters coming. Not much else to say since this stop was only to try a quick tick of the Berliner and head out to Albuquerque. Certainly better bars in the area, like the Draft Station right upstairs, and it was dead during my visit, but they’ve got 10 house beers so there is that.
**edit: looks like the brewery tasting room is open but for whatever reason I’m not seeing it in the listing here.
Oakes (832) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 29, 2011
Downtown location is less sports bar than the Cerrillos location. It is a bit more like a restaurant, though there is a bar area in the back. It was pretty empty on our visit. The beers I am not crazy about. If you’re downtown there are better places.
second floor interior mall vibe. main area is a restaurant, bar in the back, 4-5 taps, 1-2 seasonals/specials, i can’t remember. but i do remember the beer being unmemorable. didn’t eat. low ceilings and dark interior feels like a cave when i want to be outside.
A rather large brewpub/restaurant in downtown Santa Fe. Wooden floors, very NM feel, with several restaurant areas and a large bar. The tap list includes 5-6 regulars and 2 seasonals (I found the regulars to be meh and the seasonals to be pretty good). The food menu is fairly extensive, pretty much all Mexican food (but good Mexican food). A chill place overall, but the beer was not good enough to make this a place I really care about returning to.
Sort of a weird setup to the place, a labyrinthine feel between disconnected rooms, and a very disconnected bar at the very back of the joint. Two televisions that don’t necessarily line up well to serve all the seating angles. Selection was a standard brewpub list with the oddly similar seasonals of hefe and wit. Quality was here and there, some decent, some not so much. I enjoyed my fajitas, though they were pretty straightforward, and I’m no expert on fajitas. Pint prices a bit high for the gravity/hopping rates of the beers. I can admit that it’s not a shining star, but I still enjoyed my time here.
This place was tough to find - crammed inside one of the arcades downtown - this place tries really hard to be an authentic New Mexican place, and kind of fails at it - decent selection of about 8 house-made beers - sadly, most of the ones I tried were not very good - the food was all "new mexican cuisine," which, upon trying the food, lead me to believe that this translate to "poorly made tex-mex" - the green chile made it better - I would pass on this place - go to the Marble Taproom instead.