Hotel near Best Breweries in Santa Fe, NM

There’s never been a better time to be a craft-beer lover in America, and the great state of New Mexico has certainly embraced the microbrewing renaissance with gusto.

As a guest of ours at La Posada de Santa Fe, you’ve got a heapful of great beer options ready to hand in the Land of Enchantment’s capital city, rated one of America’s best beer towns by Travel + Leisure. Let’s review some of the very best destinations for connoisseurs of the suds!

Santa Fe Brewing Co. (35 Fire Pl.)

This is New Mexico’s oldest microbrewery, and it remains a major crowd favorite. Year-round staples include the Happy Camper IPA, the Santa Fe Nut Brown, the Freestyle Pilsner, and the State Pen porter, while seasonal brews—such as wintertime’s malt-tastic Adobe Igloo—and limited-release Ever Changing Series beers help round out the offerings. And if you’re a fan of that wild and wooly world of Belgian beer, you’ll want to sample Santa Fe Brewing’s Los Innovadores Barrel-Aged Sours, believe us.

Blue Corn Brewery (4056 Cerrillos Road)

Another long-running Santa Fe brewery, Blue Corn combines well-made beers with a tasty and thoughtfully chosen food menu. You can pair such easy-drinking beers as the Road Runner IPA, the Atomic Blonde Lager, and the Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout—which earns its name honestly, having taken gold at the Great American Beer Festival in both 2007 and 2014—with delicious regional cuisine featuring many local and seasonal ingredients.

Second Street Brewery (Three Locations: 1814 2nd Street, 2920 Rufina St., and the Santa Fe Railyard)

With three locations around the city, you’ll have no trouble finding an opportunity to taste Second Street’s high-quality craft brews—a lineup of more than 60. From English-style bitters and German pilsners to American single and imperial IPAs, Second Street’s variety ensures a pint or taster flight for everybody. (And there’s pub grub available, too!)

Chili Line Brewing Co. (204 N. Guadalupe)

Named for the bygone Santa Fe to Colorado narrow-gauge railroad, Chili Line Brewing specializes in smoked beers, aka rauchbiers, which get their one-of-a-kind tang courtesy of flame-dried malt. These smoked beauties come in many styles, from lagers and Hefeweizens to IPAs and stouts.

Dual Brewing (1228 Parkway Dr.)

Another specialty brewery, Dual focuses on Belgian-style brews, which many consider the real elites of the beer world. Tradition and creativity go hand in hand here, with wonderfully diverse results: barrel-aged sours, seasonal Saisons, strong ales, wits, plus Scottish ales and Belgian-style IPAs.

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