Making it as a successful restaurant concept has never been an easy feat. Making it, and lasting as a successful business in Santa Fe is even more impressive, something restaurateurs take great pride in, something they can celebrate. For Santa Feans to embrace you, for visitors to seek you out while in town, you have to be special, you have to produce an outstanding quality product, and you have to demonstrate that your proof of concept and proof of the pudding, is in fact, in the eating (and the drinking).
Rowley Farmhouse ales has done just that. In five years, RFA has become one of the few go-to gastropubs to gain solid ground in the City Different. With local achievements and national recognition such as Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe awards, Local Hero Awards from Edible New Mexico, several medals from the Great American Beer festival, including winning Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year 2019, they have demonstrated that they have created that something special, that something we very much want here in town, that something we’ll keep going back for, through good times and bad, and hopefully for many years to come.
This Sunday, RFA is celebrating five years in the business with a big outdoor bash filled with all the things that make them great — good food, lots of barrel-aged beers, and a wonderfully supportive community surrounding them, safely of course. All that and some live entertainment tossed in for good measure.
Two Left Shoes with special guests We Make Fire will provide the jams from noon to 6 p.m.
Chef Jeffrey Kaplan told us that the menu will feature a special BBQ plate with local Wagyu Brisket, baked beans, potato salad, and fresh corn-on-the-cob.
As for the beer, John Rowley said, “Besides our normal lineup, we will have Luminoso (Italian-style pilsner) on, as well as a wet-hopped version of that, as well as our new Petite Blanche, Nelson dry-hopped version. We will also be pouring Cantillon and Drie Fontenein bottles, and I have some archive bottles I will be breaking out as well. Besides these, we will be releasing a series of anniversary bottles throughout the year.”
And to top it off, there will be a huge tent taking up the parking lot, so you can really spread out and enjoy yourselves in a big space.
I asked what it means to RFA that the locals (and visitors) have embraced RFA as one of the top spots for food and beer in Santa Fe?
“We feel so very lucky to be here for our guests,” Kaplan replied. “This is a passion project for us, so to be able to do this everyday is a blessing. Thank you, Santa Fe, for embracing us.”
“Thanks to everyone for all your support,” Rowley added. “We can’t do this without the love of the community behind us.”
I asked what they hoped the next five years looked like for Rowley Farmhouse Ales, you know, barring pandemics and Godzilla attacks. “Hopefully still providing locals and tourists a friendly place to enjoy a beer and a bite,” Kaplan said.
Rowley Farmhouse Ales Fifth Anniversary Party: Sunday. Live music noon-6. No cover. Well-behaved kids and pups welcome. 1405 Maclovia St. Santa Fe, NM 87505. (Address for the lady who always asks. I see you.)
To the entire Rowley crew, congratulations! And, to another great five years, cheers!
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