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In Memoriam: Santa Fe Brewing founder left an impact far beyond brewing world

The Levis family, including Mike in the white shirt and red shorts, and Ty in the center in the black shirt. (All photos courtesy of Ty Levis)

The founding father of the modern New Mexico craft brewing scene, Mike Levis, died two weeks ago in Amarillo, Texas. He started the Santa Fe Brewing Company out of a barn on his horse ranch in Galisteo in 1988, ending a stretch of 49 years without any commercial brewing in New Mexico.

Levis, 80, is survived by his children, including his son, Rio Bravo head brewer Ty Levis, who sat down with us to talk about how his father started SFBC back in an era where craft was not king. Ty said he is also hoping to honor his father in conjunction with the New Mexico Brewers Guild and its member breweries.

“The idea I have is to set up this toast on December 2 at 4 p.m. or so, and just raise a craft beer to honor my dad who happened to be the first brewer in the state in the modern era,” Ty said.

“In general, I felt like a toast would be the best way to hav

Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew

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