Punch: The State of American Craft Whiskey
August 14, 2019
Clay Risen sets out to answer the question where is American whiskey today? And is regionalization the future—or is it already here? taking a look at the American craft whiskey scene ten years after the insurgence of the spirit.
"If you’re fond of peaty Islay scotches, there’s a whole new world of smoke to discover in America. Distillers are using peat, mesquite, hickory and more to impart both subtle and strong smoke flavors on single malt, rye, and other styles. Stoke the flames of your enthusiasm for the smoky stuff with these whiskeys." So heads the Whisky Advocate list of smoky American whiskeys. Originally published in Fall 2018, this list was re-released in July 2019.
Uproxx.com: The Best Whiskey in Every State 2019
August 8, 2019
Uproxx.com just publised their 2019 list of The Best Whiskey in Every State, and I think you know where I'm headed with this, yup, Colkegan!
Last week Colin, along with over 150 other craft distillers and members of both DISCUS and ACSA, traveled to Washington D.C.to participate in a public policy conference about the future of the Federal Excise Tax cut, which is due to expire at the end of 2019. (Read this Forbes article for all the info).
Santa Fe Reporter Summer Guide: Take a New Path
June 12, 2019
Each June the Santa Fe Reporter publishes their summer guide, a slick insert that lets locals and visitors know what they shouldn’t be missing over the next couple of months. This year’s edition covers everything from fishing, to dining to ...deodorant. Fortunately for Santa Fe Spirits, the Reporter wants people to know that drinking exists beyond the Margarita Trail. In Take a New Path, Zibby Wilder creates his own trail, offering suggestions for where to go for a glass of wine, a beer, or cocktails. This might be the first time that Santa Fe Spirits and Evangelos are mentioned in the same column, but that just shows what a well-rounded list this is.
Atapino is featuring in some very tasty sounding cokctails in Durango, according to Lis McLaughlin in the Durango Herald (May, 29, 2019).The group of bartenders interviewed don't appear to be at a loss as to how to showcase our unique spirit!
Does American single malt need to broken down into subcategories? And how would you do this - by region, like Scotch; by ingredient; wood used in aging? Wayne Curtis explores where American single malt might be headed in The Emerging Styles of American Single Malt, (Daily.sevenfifty.com, May 23, 2019). He discusses the question with several notable distillers (Colin Keegan among them), but the answer hasn't yet emerged.
"Imbibers would be remiss to skip a visit to the Santa Fe Spirits tasting room. The craft distillery produces exceptional liquors, from gin to apple brandy to whiskey, often employing local ingredients, such as in the whiskey-based Atapino liquer, made with oak, pinon, and ponderosa."
Vinepair.com: Craft Across America
April 15, 2019
"With no legal definition of “craft,” it’s easy to dismiss it as a marketing term. But maker culture transcends jargon. Across the United States, independent, locally minded producers create products that showcase heritage crops and area traditions. Now, anyone thirsty for small-batch drinks with regional flavors can find them in communities and cities across America. Here are 50 truly local beverages made in all 50 states. If you’re planning a cross-country road trip, make sure to leave room in your trunk for these souvenirs." Vinepair.com
Liquor.com: The Best Whiskey in Every State
April 12, 2019
"You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating: We’re living in a golden age of whiskey. Never has more whiskey made in more places than right now. And that’s especially true here at home. After a decade-long craft distilling boom, it’s now possible to find top-quality bottles made in every state in the country."
Colkegan Apple Brandy Cask Finished Wins Silver Medal at American Craft Spirits Awards 2019
February 22, 2019
Awards season for spirits doesn’t get quite the fanfare as award season for movies, but there are some similarities; certainly “it’s an honor just to be nominated” and “this means so much coming from my peers” are feelings we can relate to. This means so much, as it’s coming from our peers, is exactly how we feel about Colkegan Apple Brandy Cask Finished Single Malt winning a silver medal at the American Craft Spirits Awards. Though we bask in the glory of all awards we win, the ACSA award holds a special place as it comes from an organization dedicated to small distillers.
5280: Why Santa Fe Should Be Your Winter Road-Trip Destination
February 15, 2019
Shauna Farnell tells 5280 (a Denver magazine) readers why they should head south to Santa Fe for a winter get-away.
Distiller Magazine: United We Thrive
February 7, 2019
"In 2007, fifteen curious classmates with one shared goal — to learn the art of commercial craft distilling — attended the first American Distilling Institute (ADI) Hands-on Whiskey Distilling Workshop at Stillwater Spirits in Petaluma, California....Workshop graduates have gone on to found their own distilleries, for instance, Colin Keegan of Santa Fe Spirits, Wes Henderson of Angel’s Envy, David Woods of Wiggly Bridge Distillery, Stephen Paul of Hamilton Distillers and Kirby Kallas-Lewis of OOLA Distillery."
AustinWhiskyVault.com Colkegan Trifecta review
November 6, 2018
These fellows are entertaining and they know their stuff! Hard to argue with a review that starts off calling Colkegan "one of the greatest smoked single malts" and goes onto say "anyone who likes smokey Scotches, do yourself a favor ... and try some Colkegan." The whole video is worth your time, but if you want to jump right to the Colkegan part of the episode, it starts at 7:11.
The Whiskey Wash: Santa Fe Spirits Colkegan American Single Malt Gets Brandy Cask Finish
October 12, 2018
When one looks across the ever increasing world of American single malt whiskeys, a standout in the crowd is easily the Colkegan from New Mexico-based Santa Fe Spirits.
October 3, 2018
Apple Brandy Cask Finished Colkegan - why the barrel matters, with coopering insights from Britney Wimsatt of Kelvin Cooperage.
Whisky Advocate: Buying Guide Fall 2018
October 3, 2018
In the Fall 2018 Whiskey Advocate Adam Polanski tried all three of our Colkegan Single Malts, here are his tasting notes.
"Tasting notes:... Bill offers “athletic socks after a light workout.” I don’t know what he’s reading, but I’m just suggestible enough to get on board with that idea."
Local Flavor - Roaming the Railyard
September 10, 2018
The Santa Fe Plaza. It’s central, historic, lively and lovely. It’s also just a minuscule portion of what Santa Fe has to offer. If you’re interested in broadening your Santa Fe experience a bit, the Santa Fe Railyard is a beguiling area to explore next. While the Plaza is bustling, a bit claustrophobic and maddeningly unplanned, the Railyard feels calm, airy, spacious and thoughtfully considered.
Scotchwhisky.com - 10 American Single Malt Whiskeys to Try
September 10, 2018
American single malt is on the rise, but with so much choice already available, where does a whisky lover start? From US-Scotch mashups to peated American malts, Jake Emen breaks out 10 exciting bottles to try now.
NM Magazine - Our Six Favorite New Distilleries
September 5, 2018
Englishman Colin Keegan embraces local ingredients to give his spirits a distinct Land of Enchantment taste.
Wine Enthusiast - Rugged Whiskies of the West
August 17, 2018
From single malts to Bourbon plus rye in a bottle, these free-wheeling Western whiskeys offer a taste of the great outdoors.
American distilleries are cranking out some seriously sophisticated single malt whiskies
NEW SPRING BREAK COCKTAILS AT READ ST. COCKTAIL BAR
March 7, 2018
Have you been to our downtown Santa Fe Tasting Room lately? Well, now is the TIME! Spring is upon us and our master mixologist and bar manager, James Reis has added some fresh and amazing new craft cocktails to the menu as well as reinstated the classic Sidecar featuring our Dry Apple Brandy!
Santa Fe Spirits 2017 Holiday Party
November 28, 2017
Come and celebrate with Santa Fe Spirits at the distillery and many other vendors with wonderful Holiday wares. Live music, good food, excellent cocktails great company. Who could ask for more
Grand Re-Opening Party at the Distillery May 5
April 28, 2017
We're having a party and you're invited
Most of the cyclists at this year's Outside Bike & Brew Festival are as serious about their finely crafted Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey, Wheeler’s Gin, and Expedition Vodka as they are about their Niner Jet9s, Devinci Spartans, and Colnago Arabesques.
Does anyone out there celebrate World Cocktail Day? Or World Whisky Day? Inane? Honored and respected? Crass commercialism? We can’t say we’d ever even heard of them before someone else brought them to our attention.
Oscars 88, French 75
February 24, 2016
Oscar viewing and Oscar parties pretty much go hand in hand these days. In fact, actually watching the Academy Awards ceremony to see who wins has become secondary, an excuse, really, to Oscar partying itself.
Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Party
November 30, 2015
Get your holiday shopping done in style this year
James Bond Had It All Wrong - A Short Treatise on Martinis
November 11, 2015
James Bond don't know jack about Martinis.
You Can Buy Our Alcohol Online
July 1, 2015
We can ship our spirits to about half of the United States
June Was a Great Month for Press!
July 1, 2015
Santa Fe Spirits has been killing it with the media
2015 Gold Medal from American Distiller's Institute
Colkegan Wins Big!
Join the Santa Fe Spirits Society!
March 18, 2015
The more you drink, the more you save!
The Best Bars in Santa Fe
March 10, 2015
From Cosmos to Collins, good bars should stock good booze and know how to mix a mean drink. Here are our choices for some of the best in Santa Fe:
While making whiskey may look easy on TV(I promise we’re nothing like those dudes on “Moonshiners”), there is an art to crafting a spirit that pleases discerning palates. And there is an even finer art in creating a product that is consistently excellent like our Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey.
‘Tis the Season for Holiday Cocktails
December 23, 2014
Looking to wow your guests this holiday season? Look no further! Last week, Santa Fe Spirits tasting room manager Molly Norton taught a class on holiday themed cocktails to make at home for your family and friends. Here we will share a selection of recipes with you for your holiday gatherings!
December 3, 2014
The tradition of aging whiskey in barrels dates back centuries, but where did this tradition originally come from? When was it that someone had the idea of putting alcohol in wooden casks to improve the flavor? It turns out that when barrels were first used to store spirits or wine, it was not because people wanted to add oak flavor to the alcohol. In fact, they had no idea that the use of barrels would affect the liquid inside at all. The use of barrels as a form of storage can be dated back to the Celts circa 350 B.C. The technique of bending wood was most likely borrowed from boat building and barrels were used because they were very strong and could withstand wear and tear. They were also able to be rolled around and stacked tightly. Barrels would be used to transport anything from liquids to metals to food that needed to be preserved, such as fish or olives. At this point, it would be a waste to get rid of the barrels so they were reused to transport again. However, you don’t really want your olives tasting fishy (or maybe you do) or your whiskey tasting of sulfur so a method of charring the inside of the barrels was adopted.
Cocktails to Keep you Warm this Winter
November 12, 2014
With the temperature dropping to the low 30's this November day and snow on its way this weekend, its time to share some of our favorite Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy cocktails that are guaranteed to keep you warm this winter.
The Apple Brandy Story
November 5, 2014
Many people know that our Apple Brandy was the catalyst for starting Santa Fe Spirits as a company. Our company's owners, the Keegans, live in an amazingly beautiful part of Santa Fe called Tesuque. This valley houses the tesuque river and is by far one of the most luscious and vibrant parts of our desert city. Now, in Tesuque the Keegans own an apple orchard and several years ago they began inviting friends over to pick and press apples, sending all of them home with more apple juice than they could hold. The idea to make apple cider and then distill brandy was born from the great juice they could produce from the New Mexico apples.
It’s Time for Creepy… Crawly.. Cocktails?
October 30, 2014
Halloween is a time for ghosts, for vampires, for costumes, and lets face it... for cocktails. As you get older Halloween gets less about trick or treating (they wouldn't give you any candy anyway) and more about dressing up and having a good time with your friends. Now, you probably don't want to be drinking blood this Halloween, but you can definitely still have spooky themed cocktails that will put you in the holiday spirit. Here at Santa Fe Spirits we wanted to take a look at some fun cocktails that we could put our own twist on while keeping them delicious.
Santa Fe Spirits Moves South
October 22, 2014
There are some awesome South American cocktails that are slowly but surely making their way into the U.S., although their popularity isn't quite what it should be considering how tasty they are. At Santa Fe Spirits, we decided to take a look at two South American classics and see if we could make them using our own spirits.
Cocktail of the Week
October 8, 2014
Basil Old Fashioned 3 oz Silver Coyote Whiskey 2 muddled basil leaves 2 muddled Luxardo Cherries One slice of fresh orange Brown sugar and bitters Muddle the basil, cherries, sugar and orange together in a pint glass. Add ice, and Silver Coyote Whiskey and bitters. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Add and cherry and orange garnish.
The Angel’s Get Their Share
October 8, 2014
Have you ever wondered about the overwhelming alcohol smell that hits you the minute you walk into a barrel aging room? If you don't know what I am talking about, I highly suggest you make a visit to our Santa Fe Spirits distillery at 7505 Mallard Way, even if it is for the sole purpose of walking into the barrel room and breathing deeply. Although you really don't need to breathe deeply. This smell is one of those ones that hits you full on, the kind that you feel not only in your nostrils, but all over your body. This smell is a force capable of knocking you right over. But of course, in the best way possible. The truth is, all you are smelling is the evaporated alcohol present in the air. All liquids evaporate and alcohol is not exception, but in such a small and confined space, the results are far more obvious. The whiskey (or brandy etc.) that is hanging out in the air above our barrels, and the barrels in any other aging room, has a unique name. It is called the Angel's Share.
September 23, 2014
Behind our Santa Fe Spirits Tasting Room bar we have four infusions set up: black cherry vodka, wild berry vodka, jalapeno vodka, and mint vodka. Often when people try these infusions they immediately ask if we sell bottle of them. Unfortunately we do not, but what we make sure people know is how simple infusions can be to make. Getting sick of your low-cal vodka soda with a splash of lime? There's a way to spice up that flavor while adding a negligible amount of calories to the drink. Try putting some fresh or frozen berries into the bottle, let is sit for a day or two, and voila, something new. Infusions are a quick and easy way to be creative with your cocktails as well as impress any guests you may have over at your place for cocktail hour.
Cocktail of the Week
September 10, 2014
Ramble on Rose 4oz Expedition Vodka 2 lychee fruits 2 basil leaves>/li> ½ oz ginger simple syrup Rose water Muddle lychee fruits with basil leaves. Add ½ oz ginger simple syrup and 3 small drops of rose water. Fill pint glass with ice Add 4oz Expedition Vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf
Santa Fe Spirits’ Newest Face
September 8, 2014
This press release featuring our newest face and head distiller, John Jeffrey, made it into the Santa Fe New Mexican last week. Check out how awesome he is! Santa Fe Spirits, Santa Fe’s own micro distillery has added a brand new member to its team. John Jeffrey will be taking over in the Mallard Way distillery, producing Santa Fe’s own artisanal hand-crafted spirits, ranging from their Calvados Style Apple Brandy to their Colkegan Mesquite Smoked Single Malt Whiskey. Hailing most recently from Middleton, Wisconsin, John got his official start in the spirits industry while completing his master’s degree in Food Chemistry at Michigan State University. During this time, John was head of R&D for the Artisan Distilled Spirits Program where he designed and produced spirits for more than fifteen start-up companies.
The Perfect Cocktail: It’s More Simple than You Think
September 3, 2014
In our Santa Fe Spirits tasting rooms we love experimenting with different cocktails, and with such great spirits, who wouldn't want to have some fun? However, you can't pretend that only have five spirits isn't a challenge when it comes to creating new cocktails. There's only so much you can do with five spirits to work with. So how do we come up with new and unique cocktails that can showcase our award winning products? The answer is as simple as syrup... simple syrup. Now sometimes people get confused when they see simple syrup listed as part of a cocktail recipe, but let me tell you, it's called simple for a reason. Simple syrup is a mix of sugar and water.. easy right? The ratio can vary anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 sugar to water and the water just needs to be boiling hot. Boil water on the stove, add sugar, stir, let cool, and voila, simple syrup!
The Perfect Whiskey Glass
August 22, 2014
Its been called a tulip, its been called a snifter, its been called a glencairn.... but no matter the name, what is it that makes this glass the PERFECT WHISKEY GLASS? The glencairn glass was originally developed by Glencairn Crystal (go figure) in an attempt to make a glass that could mimic the glasses that are used in whiskey labs and distilleries around the world in order for whiskey producers to get the most effective taste and create the best product. The glencairn glass is one of a few types of glasses that have been designed specifically with whiskey in mind, but it is the only glass that has been endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association. It is little wonder, given this history, that we at Santa Fe Spirits have chosen the glencairn glass as the ideal way to serve our mesquite smoked single malt whiskey, Colkegan. Although Colkegan is not technically a Scotch because it is made in the United States, it is made using the same malting and distillation process as a traditional Scotch (if you replace peat with mesquite), and we don't want to be left out of this great glass phenomenon.
SFS Downtown Tasting Room Celebrates its One Year Anniversary!
August 13, 2014
Last Friday, the SFS team celebrated its first year in its downtown location at 308 Read Street. This anniversary celebration was accompanied by the grand opening of our brand new outdoor patio! This location has been an incredible way for Santa Fe Spirits to greatly increase its interaction with the Santa Fe Community as well as visitors to our great city. Over the past year, we are proud that our tasting room has become a favorite spot for many locals who are able to come by for a chance to sample all five of our artisanal spirits as well as order from our ever growing menu of hand-crafted cocktails.
Cocktail of the Week
August 13, 2014
Scotch Lassie Now this one is my personal favorite! 2 1/2 oz Colkegan Whiskey Squeeze 1/2 fresh lime 3 dashes if barrel aged whiskey bitters Ginger beer Mix whiskey squeeze and whiskey bitters, pour over ice, and fill to the top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.
But Vodka is just Vodka right?
August 6, 2014
When I tell people that our Santa Fe Spirits Expedition Vodka is a corn based vodka, they generally look at me and either ask "what is vodka usually made from?" or "Oh, so its gluten free?" Well, each question has an interesting, so lets look at both. What is vodka usually made from? Vodka can be made from any starch or sugar rich plant, generally wheat, rye, corn, or potato (although there can be many others). Where vodka first came from is a much disputed question, but we know that the first vodka was made in Eastern Europe, and it was originally used, like Gin, as a medicine. While it is generally believed that Polish, Russian, or other European vodkas were potato based, the spirit was actually made most commonly from Rye, though the ingredients could vary far and wide dependent on the most available, and the most affordable, ingredients.
The Malting Process
July 29, 2014
For those of you that have visited the Santa Fe Spirits tasting room (and those of you that haven't), you may remember that when describing our mesquite smoked single malt whiskey, Colkegan, we mention that it gets is mesquite flavor during the malting process. But what exactly IS malting?
Cocktail of the Week
July 23, 2014
Fresa Fresca 2 oz Wheelers Gin 1/2 oz honey simple syrup 1/2 lemon squeezed 1/2 lime squeezed 2 strawberries 3 basil Leaves Soda water Boil 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup water, and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Muddle strawberries, basil, and honey simple syrup in a pint glass. Add ice, Wheelers Gin, and the juice from the lemon and lime. Shake vigorously. Strain into glass with ice. Top off with soda water. Makes 16 drinks.
July 23, 2014
Last week, Santa Fe Spirits representatives had the opportunity to attend an event in Denver called the Whiskey Rebellion that was held at The Curtis Hotel. This event was a great opportunity for Colorado locals to try whiskies from around their state as well as from both New Mexico and Wyoming. For us, it was an ideal opportunity to showcase our brand in a market that we are still breaking into. The event was put on by Water for People, a non-profit organization based in Denver that is able to bring clean water to underprivileged regions of the world.
Cocktail of the Week
July 17, 2014
Apple Brandy Classic Sidecar Here is our cocktail of the week! 3 oz Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy 2 oz lemon-lime mix (margarita mix can work) Sugar for rim Lime for garnish Fill shaker with ice, Apple Brandy, and lemon lime mix. Shake and serve up with a sugar rim. Garnish with lime wedge.
A Western Inspired Gin
July 16, 2014
What is gin? When I tell people that come through my bar that gin is a flavored vodka they look at me like I'm crazy. But it's true! Vodka is a neutral grain spirit distilled as many times as people want in order to make it as odorless and flavorless as possible. Gin is the same neutral grain spirit infused with Juniper Berries. Where the first use of Juniper berries came from in unclear, but gin seems to have sprung up from Jenever, a spirit distilled from malt wine and made palatable by the addition of Juniper, which was also added for medicinal reasons. No matter where it started, gin is not gin without the addition of Juniper berries, and even though juniper can be found somewhere on every continent, in the U.S., we like to think of it as something southwestern. We have to deal with Juniper allergies more than almost everyone else, why not claim them as our own?
Let’s Get Started
July 16, 2014
SFS Five Products When you think of New Mexico, what do you picture in your mind's eye? Desert sands, margaritas, dry climate, good food, Breaking Bad? What probably doesn't occur to you are artisanal hand crafted spirits. However, New Mexico (like most of the country) is jumping on the micro-distillery and micro-brewery train. And believe me, they are not about to get left behind. Several articles have come out lately touting the brilliance of the craft beer scene in the state, but what about the craft spirits?