Santa Fe Spirits was founded by Colin Keegan in 2010 with the goal of becoming the Southwest’s pre-eminent artisan distillery. With products ranging from silver whisky to barrel-aged apple brandy, Santa Fe Spirits is a relatively small distillery proud to be producing exceptional spirits designed to capture and accentuate the essence of the Southwest. Please stop by the distillery for a visit and we will be happy to show you what making world-class spirits are all about.
Colin Keegan Whiskey Aficionado and Owner
Upon leaving his native country of England in 1990, Colin moved to the British Virgin Islands where he met his wife, Suzette. Two years later, Colin and Suzette decided to move to Santa Fe with their daughter Phoebe, where Colin continued his successful career as an architect and Suzette found endless inspiration for her paintings. The Keegans soon realized their dream of living in Tesuque, a traditional farming community just outside of Santa Fe, and built their home on a mature apple orchard with trees ranging from young saplings to massive centenarians. The orchard produces a great variety of heirloom apples, and every fall apple picking and juicing is an enjoyable and rewarding activity. However, the orchard is so productive that the abundance of apple cider is always an issue. Thankfully, a solution was literally fermenting the whole time, although Colin did not yet know where this solution would take him or how long it would be before it became a reality. Colin has always appreciated good Scotch and Brandy, so when the economy took a turn in 2009 he closed down his architectural business in order to concentrate on building a distillery where he could produce his own style of these traditional spirits. For Colin, the birth of Santa Fe Spirits in 2010 was the dream of a lifetime.
John van Drimmelen, Chief Operating Officer
John brings to Santa Fe Spirits more than 30 years management experience from different countries around the world. He is a mentor at SCORE and a member of the SFBI’s Council of Business Advisers. As COO John is responsible for the day-to-day management of Santa Fe Spirits, and he joined our team to bring his wealth of experience to help us realize our growth ambitions.
Caitlin Richards, Business Manager
Caitlin earned a BA in Drama with a communications focus from Hofstra University, which left her well suited to a career in the restaurant and spirits industry. She has spent time in all three tiers of the industry; Caitlin spent 10 years as the general manager of a busy Santa Fe bar before trading hats to work for Southern Wine and Spirits. In 2012 she went to work for KGB Spirits, and fell in love with the craft distilling industry. Caitlin is thrilled to be able to continue her craft spirits journey at Santa Fe Spirits.
Steffany Landers, Distiller
Steffany was raised in Oklahoma and Washington state. She originally moved to Colorado to attend Culinary School and worked in the Boulder area as a Pastry Chef for many years before making the switch over to distilling. She has worked in distilleries in Upstate New York, Colorado,and now New Mexico. She is looking forward to hiking, biking, and eating her way through Santa Fe and Greater New Mexico.
Mike Kelley, Distiller
Mike was raised in Bryan, TX. After attending culinary school in Corpus Christi, he spent the next 10 years cooking in the fine dining industries of Austin, Brooklyn, and Cork City Ireland. The move to Santa Fe came with a career change as he found an avenue for his love of process and craft in a distiller apprenticeship at Santa Fe Spirits. Two years later, Mike has come to admire the authenticity in the people and the products of SFS and the high desert life. He is an avid cinephile, and enjoys the outdoors, livin’ small, eatin’ good, and clean fingernails.
Joseph Golden, Sales Director, New Mexico
Joseph Golden is a New Mexican and has been living in Santa Fe for over 25 years. He graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico earning a degree in communication and a minor in business management and has over 16 years of sales experience working in the food and beverage industry. He is a creative, well traveled, personable individual who enjoys fly fishing, skiing and many other outdoor activities. New Mexico is his home and his extensive knowledge of sales and distribution within the state will help Santa Fe Spirits reach its goal of being the premier micro distillery in the southwest.
Heidi Wheeler, Sales Director, Colorado
Heidi was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She moved to Colorado four years ago for a wines sale position. She has lived in Grand Cayman, California, and Nevada over the years…most of that time working in the bar industry. She enjoys Bikram yoga, skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, concerts, and traveling the world.
Dylan Wrobel, Distillery Tasting Room/Events/Social Media Marketing Manager
Originally from Massachusetts, Dylan returned to Santa Fe for the third time in the winter of 2018. He spent a year at St. John’s College, and later finished his studies in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Apart from bartending, Dylan has also worked as a communications intern for the Democratic Part, a kayaking guide, and as a carpenter. When he’s not giving tours of our distillery or organizing events, he spends his free time writing, and exploring the beauty of New Mexico’s vast landscape. Despite the logistical challenges of being in the desert, he hopes to one day run his own farm, and open an oyster bar.
Greg Butera, Read Street Tasting Room Manager
Greg Butera was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His temporary move to New Mexico straight out of high school ended up being permanent, preferring the mild temperatures, arid climate, and slower pace of the high desert. A professional musician all of his life, Greg is mostly seen playing fiddle or guitar in the various bars around Santa Fe, but Santa Fe Spirits is the only place where you can find him behind one!