News and Events
Pedro Jimenex Sherry Cask Finished COlkegan
November 5, 2020
Colkegan PX, a new expression of Colkegan Single Malt, a limited edition, sherry cask finished, single malt created for Santa Fe Spirits' 10th anniversary.
Cowboys and Indians: Spirits of the West
October 7, 2020
Cowboys and Indians wrangles up the best of the west in their October 2020 issue. Find Wheeler's Gin in the collection of "gutsy gins."
Colin Keegan Looks Back at Ten - Looks Forward to the Next Ten
October 6, 2020
“I never really doubted that we would make it. The last few years have been difficult, especially 2020, but we have such a strong team willing to hunker down.” He pauses. “It is very different from what I envisioned at the start.”
SF Reporter: Best of Santa Fe 2020
August 20, 2020
Congratulations to us! Once again we won the Santa Fe Reporter Best of Santa Fe award for Best New Mexico Distillery! The field seems to be getting bigger each year, so thank you to everyone who voted for us! We can't wait until we can open our doors again and have you over for a drink.
Cline’s Corner: August 14, 2020
August 20, 2020
Lynn Cline interviewed Colin on her August 14th, 2020 edition of Cline's Corner, on KSFR. Colin Keegan, founder/owner of the award-winning Santa Fe Spirits, talks about pivoting his distillery from producing spirits to making and distributing hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant during the pandemic, and other topics.
We may have had to close our tasting rooms due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped crafting cocktails. For some time we’ve been thinking about bottling a line of ready to drink cocktails so people could enjoy a delicious Santa Fe Spirits cocktail at home without the trouble of buying multiple ingredients, measuring and mixing. It turns out Coronavirus was the impetus required for us to get from thought to bottle! In May we debuted our first three bottled cocktails, all perrenial favorites in our tasting rooms: the Mesquite Manhattan, NM Negroni and the Nut Job. For June we’ve released two new summer cocktails: the Estrella and the Conexion. We have several more in the hopper; our plan is to create a bottled cocktail for each of our spirits. This line of bottled cocktails is currently exclusive to our tasting rooms for our Beta testing phase. Once we perfect the recipes with the perfect combination of taste, popularity and shelf stability, we plan to release our RTD line for distribution.
CURRENT HOURS - HAND SANITIZER!
June 4, 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions our hours have changed. Distillery Tasting Room (7505 Mallard Way, Unit I) is open for curbside pickup of hand sanitizer, our full line of spirits and our ready to drink cocktails Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm. Please order in advance and we will have your order ready for you. email email@example.com for an order form. Downtown Tasting Room (308 Read Street) is currently open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3:30 - 9:30.
The Whisky Advocate checked in with a few distilleries to see how they're surviving - or trying to survive - in the current climate.
SF Reporter: Don’t Drink the Hand Sanitizer
April 29, 2020
Who was that masked man? Colin poses for a socially distant photo in the parking lot at Santa Fe Spirits distillery.
Business Insider: The 10 best whiskey brands you need to try, according to 2 renowned experts
April 27, 2020
In this COVID-19 world it's nice to have something positive in my in-box, and it's really nice to be reminded that, even though all we're producing right now is hand sanitizer, Santa Fe Spirits is foremost a whiskey distillery! This article from Business Insider was a most welcome addition to the Monday morning emails.
We’ve got hand sanitizer!
April 14, 2020
Available for pick up at the distillery Mon-Fri. PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org for order form. Once we receive your order we will call you back to schedule a time for you to pick it up! click on orange We've got hand sanitizer! above to see sizes, prices and FAQs.
Single Malt Blending Experience & Signature Bottling: Create Your Own Whiskey Blend
Event on March 14, 2020
Maxim: The Best American Whiskeys to Try Right Now
February 17, 2020
As usual, Santa Fe Spirits is in good company! Maxim's list of American Single Malts gave an honorable mention to Apple Brandy Finished Colkegan, calling it "as smooth as your favorite Speyside."
Barrel Project Contest!
January 21, 2020
Do you have an idea for something you want to create out of an old Colkegan barrel? Now could be your chance! We have twelve 2L barrels at the distillery that are in no condition to go into our barrel aging kits, so we’re going to see what else they can become.
"The preeminent artisan distillery in New Mexico — and possibly in the entire Southwest — is Santa Fe Spirits... The distilling team crafts a range of traditional spirits like vodka, gin, and whiskey — but for an unexpected gift, seek out some of the more distinctive, creative concoctions."
Vinepair: American Single Malt Distillers Are the Wild West of Whiskey
November 21, 2019
"American single malt whiskey sits squarely in the shadow of two behemoths: bourbon, a.k.a. America’s native spirit; and Scotch, an institution that has monopolized the single malt category for centuries. As such, forging a path in the category has proved challenging for American distillers, which are competing not only with Scotch, but with single malts from Japan, India, Taiwan, and New Zealand."
Whiskeycast.com: Colkegan Cask Strength Tasting Notes
November 5, 2019
Chocolate and Whiskey Pairing with Kakawa Chocolate House
Event on November 22, 2019
"Publishers Stephanie and Walt Cameron are sharing some of their favorite finds around New Mexico in edible’s newest department, Eight Around the State. For this issue, they searched for distilleries with great craft cocktails. The craft cocktail movement has slowly made its way into New Mexico and the distilleries are leading the way. Every batch of spirit and every cocktail these distilleries are making is truly artisanal and created by hand with love."
Rocky Mountain Bride New Mexico 2019
October 18, 2019
You just never know where we'll turn up next: Rocky Mountain Bride thought Atapino would make a great groomsman's gift (page 22). We have to agree. Though we think it would be equally good for a bridesmaid's gift, a father of the bride gift, mother of the bride gift, wedding photographer gift... Honestly, the bride should have some just for herself!
USA Today: Best Craft Gin Distilleries
October 15, 2019
USA Today 10Best travel guides scour the country to find the 10 best in myriad categories. A panel of experts partner with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees in each category, and the top 10 winners are determined by popular vote. Recently they ran their 10 Best Craft Gin Distilleries of 2019 and we're tickled pink that we came in fourth place! In a horse race that would make us an also-ran, but considering how many carft gins are around today, number four in the country is pretty impressive!
Cowboys & Indians: Taste of the West: Santa Fe
October 8, 2019
Ellise Pierce gives a quick pick of things to try in Santa Fe in the October 2019 issue of Cowboys & Indians, and Santa Fe Spirits made the list!
Crafted in Hotel Chaco continues to garner press as a hot new place to go in Albuquerque, as it should! A bar that focuses on New Mexico wine, beer and spirits is a great way for a local hotel to showcase some of what New Mexico has to offer. The latest article, in the Albuquerque Journal, quotes Daniel Gutierrez, head of Crafted’s wine and spirits program, saying that Wheeler's Gin is "the most distinct New Mexican spirit that we have." That's what we strive for in our Wheeler's Gin, so we're happy to hear that!
Albuquerque Business First: A look at Hotel Chaco’s new wine tasting room
September 30, 2019
"Wine and spirits connoisseurs can sample local favorites at a new tasting room in the Sawmill District. Business First toured Crafted, a new 841-square-foot tasting room at Heritage Hotels & Resorts' Hotel Chaco in Old Town. The tasting room features wines and spirits from across the state, artwork by local artist Jodie Herrera and indoor and outdoor seating. The tasting room will be open daily from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m."
4th Annual New Mexico Distillers Guild Spirits Festival
Event on October 5, 2019
Albuquerque Journal: Fighting Hunger: Brewery, vineyard, distillery team up to benefit food bank
September 26, 2019
"Tap Into Craft and help resolve hunger. Marble Brewery, Lescombes Family Vineyards and Santa Fe Spirits are teaming up for the second year for the Tap Into Craft, which benefits Roadrunner Food Bank. The effort will run through September."
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: Best of Santa Fe 2019
July 24, 2019
We won! Best distillery in Santa Fe, 2019! Each year sees more competition in this category, so THANK YOU! to everyone who voted for us. "For a town our size to have multiple distilleries is lucky enough, but Santa Fe Spirits' signature takes on liquids like gin with local botanicals, vodka and a smoky whiskey are also distinct and well-crafted. Santa Fe Spirits has been a mainstay at SFR parties, are the proprietors of a popular downtown tasting room, recently acquired a presence in Costco and are on the shelves in lots of other stores."
alibi: Craft Cocktail Week
July 12, 2019
By Dan Pennington What is a craft cocktail? In the modern era, we’ve learned to treasure specialty drinks for certain qualities. The freshness and quality of the ingredients. The skill and preparation that goes into crafting them. The unique alcohols and flavors found and combined to create something out of this world.
Uproxx.com: American Single Malt Whiskey Explained, Plus Our Favorite Bottles Right Now
June 28, 2019
American Single Malt Whiskey is starting to get the recognition it deserves. Zach Johnston gives an overview of ASM as well as his picks of the best on the market right now in his June 28, 2019 article. Once again Colkegan finds itself in good company, and listed among the best of the best in the country.
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."
Whiskey Wash: Smoke on the (Fire) Water
April 2, 2019
Dave McCowen of The Whiskey Wash uses this great analogy to explain how whiskey gets its smoke, and why there are so many differentiations in American Single Malts.
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."
Local Flavor: Apres Slope
January 17, 2019
In the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Local Flavor Magazine Melyssa Holik rounds up the best apres-ski spots in Santa Fe "where you can defrost your body and restore your soul."
We’re Big In Japan!
December 11, 2018
Paul Flint, our distributor in Japan, forwarded us this review of Colkegan in Whisky Galore Magazine. We’re still waiting on the translation, but the 87 leads us to believe that they are saying good things about us!
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.
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."
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.
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
Event on December 16, 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
Brandy Cask Finished Colkegan Release Party
Event on October 13, 2017
We're having a party!
NM Distiller’s Guild Inaugural Celebration Sept. 23 in ABQ
Event on September 23, 2017
Grand Re-Opening Party at the Distillery May 5
Event on May 5, 2017
We're having a party and you're invited
Santa Fe Spirits Expands to Japan
August 29, 2016
Santa Fe Spirits expands to Japan
Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Party
Event on December 5, 2015
Get your holiday shopping done in style this year
Things to do in Santa Fe: Cask-Strength Release Party
Event on November 20, 2015
Join us for our Colkegan Cask Strength Release
You Can Buy Our Alcohol Online
July 1, 2015
We can ship our spirits to about half of the United States
The new liqueur, called Atapiño, is made from local ingredients like piñon nuts and ponderosa pine resin.
Colkegan Wins Big!
Join the Santa Fe Spirits Society!
March 18, 2015
The more you drink, the more you save!
Things to do in Santa Fe: Cocktail Dinner with Georgia Restaurant
Event on March 10, 2015
Spirit Tasting at Whole Foods Market on Wyoming and Academy
Event on December 19, 2014
We will have a spirit tasting from 4:00 pm. to 6 pm at Kokoman Fine Wine and Liquor in Pojoaque Friday, December 19th. Come out and try some of our award winning spirits!
Spirit Tasting at Kokoman Fine Wine and Liquor
Event on December 19, 2014
We will have a spirit tasting from 4:00 pm. to 6 pm at Kokoman Fine Wine and Liquor in Pojoaque Friday, December 19th. Come out and try some of our award winning spirits!
Tasting Rooms Closed 12/16
Event on December 16, 2014
Our tasting rooms will be closed December 16th for our staff Holiday Party.
Kaune’s Spirit Tasting
Event on December 18, 2014
We will have a spirit tasting at Kaune's Market Thursday Dec. 18th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Come by and taste our award winning spirits!
QB’s Spirit Tasting in Pojoaque
Event on December 12, 2014
New York Times Mention - 36 Hours in Santa Fe, Visit the Tasting Room
November 27, 2014
No matter what season, food, culture and nature buffs will find ample reason to linger in and around Santa Fe.
11 holiday gifts for alcohol drinkers by Fortune Magazine
November 24, 2014
Each holiday season, liquor companies celebrate the most festive time of the year with a batch of unique, unusual, and sometimes luxurious alcoholic concoctions recommended by Fortune Magazine
Tasting at QB’s Packaged Liquor
Event on November 21, 2014
Come check out our spirits at QB's Packaged Liquor in Pojoaque today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Reporter Pop Up Dinner at Santa Fe Spirits (VIDEO)
November 6, 2014
The SF Reporter hosted its first "Pop-Up Dinner" at the splendid Santa Fe Spirits Distillery. SFR staffers had a wonderful time mixing and mingling with our loyal readers, arts and music enthusiasts and fellow foodies.Check out the great food and fun that was had in October.
Top 25 Cities in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 SANTA FE
October 21, 2014
Chow down on enchiladas from The Shed and biscochito cookies from The Chocolate Maven paired with coffee from the quirky closet-sized Holy Spirit Espresso, then make sure your day ends at Santa Fe Spirits' new tasting room.
Still on the Hill
Event on October 25, 2014
Santa Fe Spirits will be heading to Still on the Hill spirits festival in Breckenridge, Colorado next weekend! Make sure to come check it out and taste some great spirits from us as well as other Western micro-distilleries!
Get Into the Spirits, Local Flavor October 2014
October 8, 2014
If trying an adult beverage is appealing to you but you aren't much of a beer drinker, not to worry, Santa Fe Spirits, has two local tasting rooms in Santa Fe.
The Local Flavor Buzz, October 2014
October 8, 2014
More expansion news for Santa Fe Spirits. Their downtown tasting room at 308 Read Street has officially opened an outdoor patio, adding 12 seats and an outdoor space to the popular tasting room. And a big welcome to new head distiller John Jeffery!
Tours and Tastings
Event on October 11, 2014
Santa Fe Spirits will be offering Tours of our distillery and Tastings of our spirits this week: Wednesday-Thursday: 1-6 p.m. Every Hour. Friday-Saturday: 3 - 7 p.m. Every Hour. Please Call ahead to schedule your tour today! (505) 467-8892 The tour and tasting package costs $10 per person.
SFS Pop up Dinner with the Santa Fe Reporter
Event on October 2, 2014
On Thursday, October 2nd, we are very excited to be teaming up with the Santa Fe Reporter to host a pop-up dinner in our barrel room! We are happy to welcome chef Xavier Grenet of L'Olivier restaurant in Santa Fe, who will be preparing delicious food paired with delicious Santa Fe Spirits cocktails. The barrel room is where we age our Apple Brandy and our Colkegan Whiskey and has an amazing aroma of oak and spirits in the air! Please join us if you can. For more information follow this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-dinner-and-spirits-tickets-13165178403
SFS Dinner with De La Vega’s Pecan Grill and Brewery
Event on September 18, 2014
We will be having a dinner with the awesome De La Vega's Pecan Grill and Brewery in Las Cruces next Thursday the 18th! The dinner is $49 per person and features a four course dinner with each course paired with one of our award winning spirits. We'd love the support, so anyone in the Las Cruces area check out all the info here: http://www.pecangrill.com/Events/The-Santa-Fe-Spirits-Dinner-September-18th-630pm.html
Silver Coyote September
September 8, 2014
This September we have a great deal going on! If you come into either of our tasting rooms and buy a 375 ml of our Silver Coyote Whiskey you will receive your choice of one of our Santa Fe Mixes Mixers! Either a Prickly Pear or a Fresh Lime Margarita mix to take home and make your own great Silver Coyote cocktails with! Don't forget to use #silvercoyoteseptember when you enjoy our whiskey this fall!
Santa Fe Spirits and Blue Corn Brewery Beer-Cocktail Dinner
Event on October 16, 2014
Santa Fe Spirits is pairing up with Blue Corn Brewery for an awesome Beer-Cocktail dinner! This event will take place on September 18th and features some awesome beer, cocktail, and food pairings. Check out the great menu and go to http://www.bluecorncafe.com/brewery-thursdays-at-the-brewers-table
SFS at Aha Fest
September 4, 2014
This year, we are very excited to be a part of Santa Fe's fourth annual Aha Fest! Aha Festival of Progressive Arts will be taking place Sept.13-14 at the Santa Fe Railyard. The free Sunday event will have live music, entertainment, food, and drink! Please come out and join us for this awesome event!
Banking on Birdies
July 30, 2014
Make sure to check out Santa Fe Spirits at the Banking on Birdies annual golf tournament on August 18th! This event is put on by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and we are very excited to be a part of it!
First Anniversary of our Downtown Tasting Room!
July 23, 2014
We opened our Downtown Tasting Room a year ago and we want to celebrate its success with you! Please join us for a great night of cocktails and appetizers with drink specials and birthday pricing on August 8 between 5-9. We will also be celebrating the GRAND OPENING of our new outdoor patio! We would love to see everyone there!