Case Study: Santa Fe Brewing Company

2 May, 2018

Santa Fe Brewing Company is Santa Fe’s oldest and largest craft brewery. Their canned and bottled beers can be found in 10 states: New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Utah. Their entire selection of flagships and seasonals can be found in four taproom locations in New Mexico. In 2013, Santa Fe Brewing Co. started a hop farm in Rinconada, NM alongside the Rio Grande. Four varieties of estate grown hops are harvested at their hop farm, including a wild hop indigenous to Northern New Mexico and one of the only native North American hops suitable for brewing.

Year round favorites include Happy Camper IPA, Imperial Java Stout, Santa Fe Pale Ale, Santa Fe Nut Brown, State Pen Porter, Hefeweizen, Chicken Killer Barley Wine, Black IPA, and Santa Fe Gold.

About the Company

  • Established in 1988 in Galisteo
  • Santa Fe Brewing Company has won numerous awards for its beer has become a leader in New Mexico's micro brewing industry
  • Value-added agriculture producer
  • Uses 100% natural well water for their products
  • All bottled products are bottle conditioned – a unique process to allow the product to go through a second fermentation in the bottle
  • Committed to environmental sustainability

Economic Development Toolbox

  • LEDA investment of $250,000 in 2015 to help expand their facility by 55,000 square feet, as well as contribute to construction costs for energy efficient wastewater treatment upgrades
  • JTIP commitment in 2013, 2015 and 2016 for a total of $68,821
"Craft brewing is a fast-growing industry across the U.S. and we want New Mexico to be a leader in providing the best microbrews and hops."
- Brian Lock, Owner/President