Barely six weeks old, Duel Brewing is the most recent addition to Santa Fe’s microbrewery community. The brainchild of beer aficionados Trent Edwards, Todd Yocham and Matt Onstott, Duel’s main objective is to craft the perfect offering of Belgian-style beers. They’re well on their way!
Todd, head of brewing operations, assures that Duel’s selection of beers represents styles and tastes not currently distilled in the area, and is meant to be enjoyed like wine – that is, sipped slowly and savored.
Duel’s taproom interior is cozy and includes a bar designed and built by owner Trent. The contours are purposefully designed to engender a sense of informality, comfort and community. Several of Trent’s personal paintings adorn the walls. An “artistic” theme pervades the brewery. In fact, many of the beers are named after famous painters: even the red and gold wallpaper is honored by its appellation – “Goya”.
Matt, the general manager, claims he’s been a fan of craft brews since his first trip to Europe over twenty years ago, and explains that the trio was united by the lore and love of beer. He expects the bar to have five to six beers on rotation, including three or four “regulars”. The threesome is currently working on their first seasonal – a strong stout (13% ABV) set to hit the taps in the fall and winter months.
While Belgian-style ales run the gamut, the beers at Duel offer a good representation. Currently available on tap are: Bad Amber, a medium-bodied ale; Dark Ryder, a strong Belgian-style ale; Grunewald (my personal favorite), an imperial porter with hints of chocolate and plum; Titian, a Belgian-style golden ale, and Duchamp Sour Wit, a true Belgian-style brew with aggressive hints of citrus.
The food menu boasts several sandwiches, Belgian-style waffles made with Duel’s yeast, and even ice cream floats featuring their beer. Monday through Friday, 11am – 2pm, the brewery offers a lunch special – any sandwich plus a beer for $10. A visit Monday through Wednesday between 4pm-6pm will get you $2 off on pours.
You can also find one of Duel’s beers (the selection may vary week to week) currently on tap at Santa Fe’s Dr. Field Goods Kitchen.