Sipping in Santa Fe

After last week’s trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, I thought it was only fair to head north about an hour to Santa Fe. Great galleries, stores, museums? Check. Fantastic architecture and beautiful natural surroundings? Check. A beer scene? You bet!

Second Street Brewery

Second Street has been around since 1996, with a second location opening in 2010 and a third in 2017. I visited their second location in the Railroad District. In addition to a brewery, they have a full restaurant with a menu that puts a New Mexico twist on classic bar snacks. My bartender asked a lot of questions about my beer preferences and offered a bunch of free samples before settling on some pints.

Brews to Choose

  • The IPA is apparently gluten-removed I’m not sure how different that is from gluten-free) and is one of the best non-glutenous beers I’ve had. I’d also recommend their sweet Cream Stout.

Duel Brewing

I’ll just say this up front – Duel blew me away. Everything at Duel is brewed Belgian-style. That means the tastes are bold and the ABV are often pretty high! I tried four different beers there and each was better than the last. They are located a little ways south of the downtown just behind the Meow Wolf art space. The kitchen serves fun snacks and meat and cheese boards. Want something small? Go with the Starving Artist: rye sticks, asiago cheese, olives, and mustard for only $5.  For those not able to make it up to Santa Fe, they also have a location in ABQ.

Brews to Choose

  • The Fiction IPA is really good and different from your everyday IPA. I had a fantastic sour called The Stille of the Night that doesn’t look like it is available anymore. And keep an eye out for the Rye Goya, an imperial stout which clocks in at a dangerous 15.2%!

Side Quests

Two spots to eat while in town:

  • The Pantry is an exceptional greasy spoon diner to grab breakfast
  • Cowgirl downtown has a great green chile cheeseburger and a good set of local beers on draft.

Sights to see:

  • The Georgia O’Keefe Museum is downtown and worth the trip. In addition to her paintings, it also features an extensive photo collection of her time in New Mexico.
  • The Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel: who built this mysterious spiral staircase? No one knows! (or at least, they aren’t telling). The construction of this staircase was the subject of a 1998 film starring William Peterson and Barbara Hershey.

I flew in and out of Albuquerque so made side trips both on the way up and back.

  • On the way up: stop at Puye Cliff Dwellings. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Santa Fe and located on the Santa Clara Indian Reservation. Take a tour of the cliff top dwelling,  learn about the history of the Pueblo people, and take in some amazing views.
  • On the way back: take the slightly longer trip back via the Turquoise Trail and stop in Madrid, NM. It’s a former ghost town that’s been reclaimed by a community of artists. Buy some funky art, pottery, gems, or even space rocks!

Later this week we’ll take our first look at the brew mecca that is Portland, Oregon! But until then…

Best Brews!


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