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.
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 on both sides 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.
Noya Gilmore, Head Distiller
Noya was raised in Santa Fe but left after high school and moved around a bit before beginning her first career as an iron worker in California. Eventually forced to consider a new career due to injuries, she went back to school and graduated from UNM with a BS in biology and a chemistry minor. The distilling industry is an ideal blend of her backgrounds in construction and science and she looks forward to a long career in the distilling business.
Jimmy McCabe, Distribution Sales
Jimmy has spent his entire adult life in the beverage industry. Whether in the restaurant and bar industry or in sales and distribution, he has always enjoyed the challenge and excitement of this diverse industry. Growing up in New Orleans, he got his start in some of the city’s most historic establishments. After stints in Boston, Boulder and Vail Colorado, Jimmy finally settled down in Santa Fe where he entered the world of spirit distribution sales. After seven years in the industry, he has found a new home with Santa Fe Spirits.
Adam Vincent, Marketing Manager
Adam first came to Santa Fe in 1998 to work for a bicycle trade magazine. He fell in love with the mountains and would spend most of his time riding the trails or snowboarding the slopes. When the magazine was purchased and moved, he took a job with a bicycle manufacturer (in Little Rock, of all places) doing sales and marketing. His journalism and marketing experience led to a job with a content marketing firm in Phoenix, but he and his family were clamoring for a move back to Santa Fe since they left in 2004. That dream finally came true in 2013. A year later, he met Colin and started talking to him about taking over the marketing for Santa Fe Spirits. Today he works on marketing, social media, events and more for the award-winning distillery.