Santa Fe Spirits was founded by an Englishman and Whiskey aficionado Colin Keegan in 2010 with the dream of using local, organic ingredients to bring high-quality Scotch-style Whiskies and Calvados-style apple brandies to the Southwest.
Their award-winning lineup has snagged accolades from several prestigious institutions including the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and the American Distiller’s Institute.
Santa Fe Spirits is situated 7,000 feet above sea level at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in the heart of the Southwest.
Santa Fe Spirits was founded in 2010 by an Englishman and Whiskey aficionado Colin Keegan, whose vision was to grow local, organic ingredients to bring high-quality Scotch-style Whiskies and Calvados-style apple Brandies to the Southwest.
The artisan distillery boast a diverse line up including their Silver Coyote Pure Malt Whisky, Expeditions Vodka, Santa Fe Spirits Apple Brandy, Wheeler’s Gin, Colkegan Single Malt Whiskey, Atapiño and Slow Burn Liqueurs, Colkegan Apple Brandy Cask Finished and Colkegan Cask Strength Single Malt.
For a relatively small facility, Santa Fe Spirits produces a top quality product, using local, organic ingredients to bring high-quality Scotch-style Whiskies and Calvados-style apple Brandies to the Southwest.
Santa Fe Spirits utilizes both large continuous stills and small artisanal stills, depending on the product and desired result in flavor profile. Their Whiskey and apple Brandy are produced using a small batch artisanal still, while their Vodka and Gin utilize a continuous still and artisan still.
I was an architect for 15 years in Santa Fe, when the economy changed, i decided to turn a hobby into a profession. I educated myself in how to make Whisky and how to produce it on a scale that worked. And I started apple Brandy with my own little orchard. And then going into a range of products to fill out the portfolio.
Santa Fe Spirits is made out up of a distillery on the south side of town out here on Mallard Way, which has the aging rooms, in the actual distillery, you have a tasting room here and the warehousing and bottling that we do here.
Downtown, our tasting room is all about certain wonderful cocktails and talking and just giving educational talks about the Spirits.
We do have a lot of regulars who come here after work, we have a very nice happy hour scene. It's just nice to be on your way home and get to go to this kind of you know, secret bar that people like to have and drink their gin and tonic or drink their Whiskey drink. We have a variety of cocktails that change pretty regularly.
It's been great, people are really excited, we're getting the word out slowly. It started off a little slow. The beginning of the day is a little slow, but I mean, at night it really picks up, especially on Fridays and Saturdays it's packed in here.
The recipes of Santa Fe Spirits are based on well known traditional recipes with our own Santa Fe Spirits twist. We like to think that we're improving the Spirit, we like the flavor profile of what we're coming out with. We then put our different twist on, a good example is the Mesquite smoking of the Colkegan Whiskey. Insted of peat smoking, which the Scots did, we're Mesquite smoking, which is really what all of our products have is a regional feel to them.
Our Gin is very, very unique. We call it a Western Dry Gin. So what we do is we make a Juniper flavored Vodka, we then will handpick Cholla cactus blossom from the Cholla the cactus that grow right around the distillery. We go out in big boots and big gloves and actually handpick all the Cholla cactus blossom off of there. We also use white Sage, Osha root and we also use Cascade hops.
Public have been very supportive. Locally made products at Locally run businesses are becoming the thing of the moment, you know, people are moving away from big-box stores. People really enjoy coming here and meeting the people who make it, meeting the people who sell it, meeting the people who bottle it. The volunteers that help us bottle love to say ''I made that' bottle and I was a part of a small business, I helped to grow''.