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High Desert Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 29
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1201 W Hadley Ave
phone: (575) 525-6752
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 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: 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The HDBC is a small place, well hidden off of the main drag in Las Cruces, NM. I think this gives the place a unique ambiance. They have 10-11 beers on tap, the main brews and a number of seasonal and specials on tap. They range from Barleywine to Lagers. I had the ESB and IPA which were quite good. I think the thing that got my attention was the number of people stopping in for growler refills.
Everyone was very friendly and enjoyed my stay. The food menu is pretty basic but good. Their motto is " None of our beers suck". So far I have not had a sub par brew. I have not had all of their beers but am working on it when ever I am in the area on business.
03-28-2011 22:13:37 |
More by soju6
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
We arrived in Las Cruces on a Wednesday evening just after the dinner hour, so the place wasn't all that full. After about five minutes, our server arrived and asked us what we wanted. I ordered the exact same thing I order every time I visit a brewpub for the first time: one sample of every beer they make on tap. Our server rolled her eyes and said, "That's going to take a while, I'm really busy" and then stood there, expecting me to change my order to something more convenient for her. I didn't, and she left.
Our sampler arrived relatively quickly (apparently she wasn't that busy after all) and we went through them. They had 8 regular beers on tap, which were all average and competent but uninspired. The ninth beer we sampled (which we were charged extra for) was their Anniversary Ale, a limited batch to celebrate 10 years in business. The Anniversary Ale was excellent, and was pretty much the redeeming value of this place.
We each ordered a burger. For $6.99 we got your basic burger-fries combo. Again, nothing inspiring. The kind of burger that comes in a big frozen stack in a box from somewhere else.
The atmosphere is that of a friendly but run-down little dive, if you're into that kind of thing. If you're into beer coasters stuck to the ceiling with chewing gum and pictures of Elvis on black velvet on the walls, then you'll be in heaven.
We washed down our food with a pint each of the Anniversary Ale. I noticed that the cooler behind the bar was full of pre-filled growlers, which is never a good sign, since they were probably sitting there for a day or two already, so I decided to go out to our car and get one of our empty growlers to fill with the Anniversary. I came back in and set our growler (from the amazing Etna Brewery in CA) on the bar. Before I could even ask our server to fill it for us, she comes up to me and says "If you brought that in to get filled, we can't do it. It's house policy." I've not been to too many places that are so wantonly disrespectful of the universal beer karma that they won't fill someone else's growler. So, I asked innocently enough, "Why is that?" to which I get a retort "Because that's what the owners of the place said. That's what 'house policy' means."
Needless to say, we left fairly quickly after that. I never tip less than 18%. Well, almost never.
I won't be going back here, and I wouldn't encourage anyone else to try this place either. The Anniversary Ale was the only thing above mediocre about it, and it's just a limited batch. Let's hope that at some point over their second decade in business, the owners and staff get a freakin' clue.
08-03-2007 20:52:47 |
More by MikeFromMarsPA
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm here today to tell you another example of all that is good with beer in America. It's the High Desert Brewing Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It's a local watering hole, with some of the friendliest locals you'll find to gather together to get a good beer. All sorts of postcards and other stuff from patrons decorating the place. In the back, by the restrooms, you'll find one of the finest collections of Elvis Presley paintings on black velvet assembled West, or East, of the Mississippi.
But you're probably reading this to know what the beer is like, and I'm here to say, good to great. I can personally vouch for the Amber Lager, the Pilsner, the Porter, IPA and Oktoberfest. Haven't tried them all, but imagine that most of the others are pretty good as well. Had the green chile fries and the carrot cake, so can't vouch for all the grub, but what I had was delicious. Both times, had really friendly and helpful waitresses.
I expect to be back in Las Cruces again someday, and when that time comes, you'll find me here.
03-03-2009 04:15:11 |
More by RunDWP
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 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
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