Log in or Sign up
Extreme Beer Fest
returns to Boston on March 21 & 22, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now
BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted
. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Android or Google Chrome user? Get a
14 day free trial to BeerAdvocate magazine on Google Play Newsstand
today! (AU, CA, UK, US only).
Extreme Beer Fest
Google Play Newsstand
High Desert Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 29
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1201 W Hadley Ave
phone: (575) 525-6752
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev
| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
My old Navy buddy, CrustyJurkowski, picked me up at the bus station and this was our first stop of my visit.
The front door opened onto a white tile floor to the left, along with standard restaurant tables and chairs. The lavatories were also over on that side, through an archway. The small, "U"-shaped, blonde wood bar sat up a short step with several standard tables and chairs along the walls. The back bar consisted of their coolers, taps, and a ceiling-full of coasters. Along the far wall was a window overlooking the brewhouse. It was kind of a small place, but I was not complaining.
They had eleven beers on tap during my visit, but by that point, I had learned to eschew samplers in favor of a full serving of my favorite style(s). According to them, "None of our beers suck and our food kicks ass!" Perfect.
05-31-2008 08:13:23 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
We stopped by this little place on a vacation to the natural wonders near the El Paso area. Former reviewers mentioned their small batches of beer... as a result, they had the largest selection of brewpub brews than I've ever seen in a brew pub. They had nearly 10-12 custom beers on tap if I recall. And some of them were very good beers. The place itself had character, but it was definitely one of the smallest brewpubs I've been in. Had that kinda lovable hole-in-the-wall feel to it. The food wasn't terribly memorable, but I won't forget the beer. If are you in the El Paso or Las Cruces area, and you love beer, this place is not to be missed!
09-06-2004 04:19:25 |
More by AndrewKoransky
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This place surely holds the title for "Worlds Smallest Brewpub"! Literally it is a converted bungalow - They still have two Apartments for rent at the back of the shop! Unfortunately, it's furnished about as well as the standard straight-out-of-college type apartment, as well.
I admit I was very aprehensive upon entering this place. Still though, A brewpub is a brewpub, so in I went. Very impressive tap list! They seem to be able to keep about ten beers on tap, and they use a small 100bbl system - lot's of batches, lots of fresh brew, and I'm sure a very, very busy brewmaster!. I tried the Scotch Ale, which was VERY smoky/peaty one night, and then modestly so the next; the Dark Bock, and the IPA. All were good beers. The small batches means they can tinker with the recipies often - the beer you get one night may not be exactly the same the next time.
Good food as well. Pretty standard New Mexican fare. No complaints about service, all wait/bar staff were friendly and attentive. This really, really seems to be neighborhood hang out, as many people knew the staff very well. They didn't seem to mind "outsiders" at all.
Well worth the trip if you're in the area. Definately not a tourist trap!
03-07-2004 18:06:37 |
More by sideshowrob
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in while driving through the area. Was a fun stop after being on the road for a couple of days.
The building has the outside "local" look for the southwest. Being December, was a bit cool to sit out side, but looks like it would have been a good place to have a brew some evening.
Inside it had a older, worn feel. Ceiling covered with coasters from other beers/bewpubs.
I found the service good, polite and helpful.
Just had an appetizer, quesadilla. Was good, had nice pepper kick.
The IPA had nice balance, good hop flavor. Found the Barley wine to have a bit too much alcohol burn, but otherwise good. They had quite a few beers on tap, and a good variety of styles too.
A nice low key place.
I'll stop by again if I go that way.
01-02-2008 22:00:37 |
More by iron78
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
I drove about 40 miles one afternoon to visit this place while staying down in El Paso, TX. It was certainly worth the trip. It's a real low key place that I originally drove right past. A small one story building mostly obscurred by the trees in front. I walked in, not even sure that the place was open, and was pleasantly surprised. It's a small place for sure. About a dozen tables of various sizes and a small bar that could accomodate about 10 bar stools. The place was empty except for the bartender, a couple of locals at the bar and myself. Little Feat was playing on CD when I walked in (or some cover of Sailin' Shoes), and a mix of blues, bluegrass and Reggae seemed to follow. I sat at the bar, and the bartenter, as well as the other patrons, were frendly. Fox news (sound off, closed captioning on) played on the single large TV and provided the source materiel for most of the dialog/humor at the bar.
I really liked the atmosphere. Good music, friendly folks, very casual. It's not the place you would go if you wanted to impress a date, that is, unless she really likes beer. And this place has quite a selection. On tap they offered 11 of their own beers; a Wheat ale, a Peach Wheat, IPA, American Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Brown Ale, Stout, a Steam beer, Dark Bock, Holiday Ale and a Barley Wine. I sampled all but the Wheat and the Barley Wine and was really impressed with most. Their APA was one of the best I've had. Their IPA was very, very drinkable, not over hopped or overly bitter. The Peach Wheat had such a strong Peach nose that I thought for sure it would be too sweet for my palate, but it turned out be be an amazingly well balanced wheat beer. I was distracted by something during the Steam beer and inhaled it before I remembered to pay attention to the style. All I can say is that the Steam will be my choice as a session beer next time I return. I even liked their Holiday style offering, which is typically not a beer style I like at all. Their T-shirt slogan is "None of our beers suck!" and from what I sampled, I would have to agree.
Didn't try the food. Didn't even pick up the menu. The one special of the day was, Pulled pork w/pickle slices on a kaiser roll served with potato salad on the side for $7.99. It sounded tempting, but I had other plans.
UPDATE: Returned for dinner and drinks on 5/15/07, a weekday evening when the place was practically full. The food was slightly better than average and the service was super friendly, but not great. I was still impressed by the beers I had, the dark bock and foreign stout. Unfortunately, there was one obnoxious foul-mouthed NMSU professor making as ass of himself at the bar that just seemed to detract from the whole experience.
12-01-2006 05:54:40 |
More by 86sportster883
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: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I was lucky enough to get dinner here, so I was able to sample a few more brews than normal
This place looks like it used to be a mexican or italian restaraunt. Place is decked with loads of beer coasters on the ceiling, this place has the feel of a local hangout. Although the area looks kind of run down there was really good mix of folks in there, skewing much younger then my old ass. The patio looked like a cool place to hang out.
All the beers I tried were above average (ESB, Oktoberfest) to very good (Imp Stout). The growlers were just flying outta there!
Service was great, granted I was sitting at the bar, but they took care of me & had a good attitude
There were 9 beers on tap & both lagers & ales were well represented. The dark bock & the imp stout were my favorites
The food selection & quality was just average pubgrub, more an accompanyment to the beer versus a draw in it's own right
The beers were $3.75 a pint, $2.75 for a 10 oz draw. Food was a little pricey. I would go again if down that way to be sure
03-28-2007 04:06:45 |
More by russpowell
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
« first ‹ prev
High Desert Brewing Company in Las Cruces, NM
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address