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High Desert Brewing Company

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High Desert Brewing CompanyHigh Desert Brewing Company
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 49
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1201 W Hadley Ave
Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88005-2422
United States
phone: (575) 525-6752

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Reviews by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

soju6, Mar 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Hoppybob
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Hoppybob, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of SouthwestBreweries
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

SouthwestBreweries, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of McIntosh
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

McIntosh, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I was told this was, "the Selin's Grove of the west," so I knew right away I had to stop in on our way to El Paso. Very nice outdoor seating area is the first thing I noticed, the sun was just about down so we decided to head inside and get a table there while we could and after getting one of the last tables available we got down to the business at hand. Atmosphere was solid, tons of people all over the place enjoying themselves while having a few beers on a Friday night. Quality was pretty good, I loved the glasses my sampler came in as they were like skinny mugs. The space itself was a little...eclectic? I guess I would say but I liked it. Service was good, we only really had to wait once and that was for the check but by then they were being slammed with people so it wasn't a huge deal to me. Selection was solid, they didn't have anything overly exciting on but their main beers were all solid and they had about 12 on so there was plenty to choose from. I wasn't overly hungry so I just got an appetizer but I did try about half of the ruben sandwich which was awesome. Prices were great all around, I didn't really notice anything I would consider overpriced. Overall I had a great time checking out this pub. I do see a bit of Selin's Grove in this place and you locals have an awesome spot on your hands.

orangesol, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev +5.5%

crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of CTraft
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

CTraft, May 12, 2012
Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

WestValleyIPA, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of smanders
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

smanders, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of gixxerman
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

gixxerman, Jul 25, 2009
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High Desert Brewing Company in Las Cruces, NM
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.