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Santa Fe Cider Works opened in 2012 as a smaller but very successful cidery serving the Santa Fe area. Producing just under 5,000 gallons of hard cider per year, it remains a local favorite in northern central New Mexico.
Santa Fe Cider Works changed hands in November 2018, and while the goal is to increase our annual production to meet increasing demand, we will continue to ensure each batch remains hand-crafted verses mass-produced. In March 2019, we plan to move the cidery to a larger facility at the south end of Santa Fe. This will give us substantially more space, allowing room to bring in additional tanks to increase cider production and also devise a third recipe. We’re thrilled at the extra space to produce test batches of various blends for potential future ciders!
Co-owners Brian and Barry have been friends since they first met in California while serving in the United States Air Force in 1987.
They traveled with their families from one assignment to another throughout the country, finally landing in beautiful Colorado in 1999. From there, Barry was stationed in Alaska for a year before returning to Colorado Springs. Brian was accepted for a special duty assignment and worked in US Embassies throughout the world. Barry retired in 2003 after almost 21 years and has since worked in defense contracting. Brian retired in 2011 after 26 years and continued working in the US Embassy in London.
Over the years Brian and Barry discussed numerous business ventures but never found quite the right fit. In early 2018 they discovered Santa Fe Cider Works. Looking for adventure and new opportunities in an industry filled with endless potential and growth, they jumped at the chance to join a competitive, but close-knit, family of the hard cider industry. Santa Fe Cider Works was purchased on
13 November 2018.
Dave is a career pharmaceutical/biotech/medical device professional with over twenty years of experience. He is a native of New Mexico and has worked as an instructor/teacher at all grade levels as well as in hospital surgical departments. His interest in the craft brewing industry dates back to the mid-nineties.
Around 2006, Dave began to seek an understanding of the myriad available craft brew styles. He has visited numerous breweries and tasting events throughout Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, eventually acquiring a taste for different flavored ciders. In 2017, Dave decided to "retire" and change careers, enrolling in the Brewing Technology program at CNM in Albuquerque.
Besides a love of craft brews/ciders, he will bring extensive experience in quality, production, and process development to Santa Fe Cider Works. He is looking forward to being a part of our growth process and our production of new ciders.
From a small town near Traverse City, Michigan, Stephanie graduated from the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, honors magna cum laude in Studio Arts. Stephanie has lived in Santa Fe since 2013 and works as Office Manager of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
Passionate about cider and products that benefit the local community, Stephanie looks forward to applying her artistic knowledge to the Santa Fe Cider Works Brand. She supports the team through marketing and social media.
Brendan Lopez, one of our cider-crafters, is from New Mexico. He grew up in a rural area near Santa Fe and spent a good portion of his youth outdoors. Brendan completed high school at a local charter school and went on to study a few different subjects, including culinary and creative writing. However, he currently attends school for Computer Science.
The brewing industry has been a large part of Brendan’s life and he started as a packaging technician for a local brewery. He learned how to operate a Cask packaging system, as well as work with a fairly large bottling line. During his time with that company, Brendan participated in an event where he created a hazelnut cream stout to be served. Shortly after, he went on to work for another local brewery as a brewer’s assistant and cellarman. He discovered more of the intricacies of brewing and learned a lot more of the scientific processes that transform wort into beer.
Brendan is passionate the industry and is always looking to learn more. His goal is to hone his skills as a brewer and to learn more about creating cider. “I’m new to making cider, and I think it’s a great challenge to take on," he says. "I would love to learn everything that I can about making cider and make the best possible cider that I can.”
Santa Fe Cider Works is not currently seeking new employees, however, you may submit a resume for future opportunities. Contact email@example.com