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.
Leif West, Sales Director, New Mexico
Leif is a native New Mexican with a passion for open spaces and the outdoors. He received his BA from the University of New Mexico with a focus in Communications and Advertising. Leif has worked for over 20 years in the hospitality and beverage alcohol industry in New Mexico. He has curated and run successful bar programs in some of the top accounts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Leif spent 5 years with Southern Wine and Spirits as a Mixologist, Spirits Educator and District Manager. He most recently held the position of Regional Director of Beverage for Heritage Hotels and Resorts in Northern New Mexico. Leif’s passion for Craft Spirits and mixology is infectious.
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.
Todd Walker, Read Street Tasting Room Manager
Weston Simons, Interim Mallard Tasting Room & Events Manager
Weston Simons is a New Mexico native who grew up in Bosque Farms. He started his career as a bartender in 2014, mentored under Sara Matthews, owner of Borracho’s craft cocktail bar in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Since then he has worked in many craft cocktail programs, created custom cocktails for countless events, and taught classes on Spirits, ar Technique, and Hospitality. He loves Classic Cocktails and is an unabashed Liquor Nerd. He is happy to be working for Santa Fe Spirits, and is excited for a chance to geek out about their products with you!