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High Desert Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 25
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1201 W Hadley Ave
phone: (575) 525-6752
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
When I lived in Las Cruces, this is the bar that my friends and I would frequent the most. It is the only brewpub, and the only brewery, in Las Cruces, and has a great atmosphere.
The beer, in my opinion, is just average. It is not distinctive, and is nothing special, but it is good. I prefer it over mass-produce rubbish any day. It is also the only beer that is local to Las Cruces, so it does have that distinction.
The food is excellent! I have never had a bad meal here. It's mostly sandwiches, burgers, fries, nachos and other such pub fare - of the southwest variety. If you do get the nachos, share with a bunch of people, or have it as your meal. Even the small size will blow you away with its enormity. They are awesome, though, and a fixed with the works - sour cream, green chile, black olives, ground beef if you want it, cheese, etc.! Highly recommended.
Service is a bit disorganized. There are few staff who do everything (bartending, waitressing, etc.), and have a hard time keeping up with the crowd. My first time there was a Wednesday evening, and it was moderately crowded, and I had a really hard time getting someone's attention just to order a burger. Once I finally got my order in, though, it came promptly and was delicious! You have to be very assertive to grab their attention, if they are available. If you are at a table, you'll hardly ever see your waiter again after the initial beer/food.
High Desert has a very chill atmosphere. Everyone is pretty friendly and approachable. You'll find mostly young professionals or NMSU grad students and some older folks who just love to relax and have a beer and chill with other locals. No college frat boys here. I have made a bunch of friends here and often see some of the same people. They also have live music on Thursday nights, mostly local folk artists and the like, which attracts a good crowd. Other than that it's mostly people milling about and chatting, and can get a bit crowded.
Overall, High Desert is a must for anyone visiting Las Cruces. Although the beer is not overly impressive, it's nice to sip on while chilling with friends new and old in a relaxed atmosphere, and listening to some local tunes occasionally.
05-12-2012 21:48:57 |
More by CTraft
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The HDBC is a small place, well hidden off of the main drag in Las Cruces, NM. I think this gives the place a unique ambiance. They have 10-11 beers on tap, the main brews and a number of seasonal and specials on tap. They range from Barleywine to Lagers. I had the ESB and IPA which were quite good. I think the thing that got my attention was the number of people stopping in for growler refills.
Everyone was very friendly and enjoyed my stay. The food menu is pretty basic but good. Their motto is " None of our beers suck". So far I have not had a sub par brew. I have not had all of their beers but am working on it when ever I am in the area on business.
03-28-2011 22:13:37 |
More by soju6
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
I've been here several times. In days of yester yore I used to enjoy the beer most righteously. Their barley wine was the very first I tried, and the first in a long line of fails. Recently I returned after a long residence in California. The IPA there is complete rubbish. Funktastic. I still enjoy the nachos and food there, but the beer really isn't up to snuff. If you're a local, and haven't ventured forth, it's really not a bad place. If you're experienced in the world of the craft brew, it's pretty dang awful.
04-12-2010 04:35:45 |
More by WestValleyIPA
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Was recommended this place by a number of coworkers while I was in Las Cruces recently. I'm glad I took them up on it. HDBC has one TV (usually sports), 13 tables, 9 bar stools, attractive waitresses, tank tops/t-shirts for sale, coasters hanging from the ceiling, pictures of locals hung around the bar, AND take out orders available. All in all, it has everything a beer advocate needs to call it his/her local watering hole. Pints are $3, pitchers are $11, and most food orders are between $5 and $10. I personally recommend the Green Chile Cheese Burger.
Smokers have to light up out front, and not every bartender knows what type of hops goes into which beer, but old and young alike hang out at this place where the locals are quite friendly and more than happy to help you narrow down your selection. If I lived in the area, I would be here weekly!
01-08-2010 17:32:17 |
More by smanders
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Cool place, despite the fact that it was 94 degrees at 9:00 PM. There was a band there and they were pretty packed.
I ended up outside talking with some folks about the different advantages/disadvantages of living in New Mexico vs the northeast. A few IPAs later and I was ready to head indoors to the AC.
Service was pretty good even though they were at SRO capacity. everyone was very friendly, and eager to talk to a new face in the crowd.
They close a little earlier than most places I am used to (midnight), but they are right smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
I would like to go back when they were not so busy, grab a seat at the bar, and really soak the place in.
07-25-2009 04:18:25 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just met an old friend in Las Cruces. Thanks to BA I found out about High Desert.
It's a weird pub bordering a weird residential/industrial section of town. It's a little hard to find due to it's being in a house looking like building. We had to flag down a lady in the grocery store parking lot before we got good directions. The inside is a little rough, nothing special at first glance. Some hops and barley painted on the door jams, nothing impressive. My buddy and I stayed on the patio. But the people are great. Everyone was friendly, talkative and there were a variety of well-behaved pooches roaming about.
The beer was good, with a few stand outs and a one questionable selection (octoberfest). They had a good selection of styles on their list, though only about half were available at the time. Their Anniversary Ale was very tasty as well as their highly hopped amber.
All I had was the fried zucchini sticks and they were tastyl. But it takes effort to make something fried and covered with ranch taste bad. General pub fare.
The service was a little hit-or-miss. Sometimes a little slow, but always friendly.
This was my first extended stay in Las Cruces, and this place was the center of my evening's entertainment. Perfect after a hot day in the desert.
06-25-2009 07:07:14 |
More by goatgoat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm here today to tell you another example of all that is good with beer in America. It's the High Desert Brewing Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It's a local watering hole, with some of the friendliest locals you'll find to gather together to get a good beer. All sorts of postcards and other stuff from patrons decorating the place. In the back, by the restrooms, you'll find one of the finest collections of Elvis Presley paintings on black velvet assembled West, or East, of the Mississippi.
But you're probably reading this to know what the beer is like, and I'm here to say, good to great. I can personally vouch for the Amber Lager, the Pilsner, the Porter, IPA and Oktoberfest. Haven't tried them all, but imagine that most of the others are pretty good as well. Had the green chile fries and the carrot cake, so can't vouch for all the grub, but what I had was delicious. Both times, had really friendly and helpful waitresses.
I expect to be back in Las Cruces again someday, and when that time comes, you'll find me here.
03-03-2009 04:15:11 |
More by RunDWP
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I go to school in Las Cruces, and this is now one of my regular hangouts. The beer is just great and not too expensive. Me and a friend can slit a pitcher and have lunch for about $7 dollars each. The service is usually good, although I have been once or twice when they were busy and the waitress I got (Both times!) was just very...snippy. Other than that minor complaint, this is so far my favorite brewpub, but that just might be because its close.
The beers I've tried include:
Hefeweizen - excellent
Wheat - excellent, though very very light
Peach Wheat - a bit fruity for my tastes, but not bad
Imp Stout- not a fan of stouts, but according to friends its great
Anniversy Ale - great
ESB - Great
Holiday Ale- definatly the holiday beer with the most character I have ever had. Very good.
Steam Beer- also a great selection. Not too bitter, just right.
The food is standard bar fare, but I believe that they have some of the best Green Chile cheese fries on the planet.
Overall, I love this place, and I will continue going. The Beer selection is always different with usually 9 or 10 on tap. Excellent!
12-11-2008 16:16:07 |
More by patobandito
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My old Navy buddy, CrustyJurkowski, picked me up at the bus station and this was our first stop of my visit.
The front door opened onto a white tile floor to the left, along with standard restaurant tables and chairs. The lavatories were also over on that side, through an archway. The small, "U"-shaped, blonde wood bar sat up a short step with several standard tables and chairs along the walls. The back bar consisted of their coolers, taps, and a ceiling-full of coasters. Along the far wall was a window overlooking the brewhouse. It was kind of a small place, but I was not complaining.
They had eleven beers on tap during my visit, but by that point, I had learned to eschew samplers in favor of a full serving of my favorite style(s). According to them, "None of our beers suck and our food kicks ass!" Perfect.
05-31-2008 08:13:23 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Have visited here 3 times in 8 years, not that close--since I live in Santa Fe.
First time, I thought beer was top-notch by current standards at the time, with 8-10 to choose from. Viisted last year and found the lineup to be much the same. A bit surprised that there did not appear to be any newer styles, such as Double IPA, Beligian. Again, I don't visit too often, still a much better than average brewpub.
I must comment on this distrurbing practice however, I took several clean, empty, standard size growlers with me, and was informed that HD does not fill any growlers, except those with it's own logo.
STOP this ridiculous, self-serving practice. Your battle is not with other brewpubs. It's with AB, Miller and Coors. Promote your industry, don't hinder it.
02-15-2008 03:30:09 |
More by bosstep
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High Desert Brewing Company in Las Cruces, NM