Long narrow bar, extremely noisy and crowded when I arrived around 6:30 or 7:00 on a friday night. Nice lineup of their own beers. Extremely friendly service despite the crowds--the bartender poured me a taster without even being asked when I asked him about the base for their Reserve ale. Big points for that. Pours in all manner of sizes: 4 oz for 1.50, 10 oz for 3.50, 16 oz, 22 oz. Great to be able to order 10oz pours for the traveling beer geek interesting trying a few of their offerings.
And something really cool that I’ve never seen at a beer bar before, but that everyone should have. They had a huge flat screen TV showing BBC nature films: lions fighting with elephants, penguins huddling in the arctic winter, seals surfing, birds of paradise dancing, wolves chasing deer, the whole works. And to my surprise, this was far more popular than the football game on the other flatscreen. Lots of people watching -- intently -- and cheering on the various prey species as they ran for their lives. A very fun feature.
This is just a few blocks from the plaza and the downtown area. It’s hidden in a larger building with an unpaved parking lot behind it, you have to trust the map for this one. Inside is a long narrow room with the bar on the right and a couple of tables on the left.
They have most of the Marble regular beers on tap but not a whole lot of seasonal or one-off beers. That said they did have one special beer on (something called Rescue Craft Draft) and they had a "double white" which I don’t think is year round. They do offer flights so that helps if you’ve never had Marble before but since they are so common in NM it’s more likely that you’ll just grab a pint of something. I wasn’t a fan of the double IPA but I liked the barleywine OK.
They have tamales which were pretty good, so I guess that counts as food. The server was friendly. The patrons were pretty much just keeping to themselves, not much conversation going on. It seems like they’ve turned this into a dive bar. Oh well. Also, at the end of the counter is a fridge with bottles in it that you can take to go. Prices were OK on pints (and tamales) but the flight at $11 for 6 beers was a little steep.
A cool small little place near downtown Santa Fe. A tight area but the space is used well with a bar on one wall and tables on the other and a nice feel. Service was alright though only one person was working a Friday night and they were a bit overwhelmed. There were 12 beers available on tap with samplers possible and 2 beers in bottle, but they were only for mug club members... Prices were fine and thought it was a nice place for a beer.
Their downtown location was nicely located right on the Plaza but they are moving to a new "undisclosed" location. Beer is good but offers marble only products with the occasional guest beer. The Imperial Red is good when its in stock...
You wouldn’t think it from the outside, but this is a very nice place. It’s a coffee shop/tasting room/ restaurant. There is an outside deck overlooking downtown Santa Fe and a separate room featuring comfy seats, shuffle board and a TV. The beers here are stellar. A good variety was also available. I wish I was hungry because they have an awesome pizza menu with toppings like smoked duck and prosciutto. This was one of my favorite stops on my journey.
cubs (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | January 14, 2013
Located in an indoor mall in downtown Santa Fe. It’s a bit tricky to find but well worth the visit. The service and beers were outstanding. If you can’t make it to the ABQ location, definitely stop in here for some fantastic brews. On another note, the shitters are down a dark hall at the other end of the mall, fail. Shitters: D+
Came in here on a quiet Sunday night in Santa Fe. In the upper level of a shopping center, with a deck that faces the Plaza. Couldn’t be a more central location. Modern decor. Service was so nice. One guy working but he was a dynamo. Told us to have a seat and have us table service. Then came and talked to us later when he had a minute. They had 6 regulars and 8 rotators. Really good stuff, too. I had no idea this brewer was doing such great stuff. Wow. No beer brewed here but a perfect taproom for the Albuquerque-based brewer. A must-visit in Santa Fe (probably the only must unless you are here long enough to do more).
Located in a place overlooking the plaza. Nice bar with plenty of seating, in and out. Food was ordered from a pizza shop next door and it was great. Beer is really solid, especially the India White Ale. Definitely would recommend.