The city of the crosses is home to friendly people and fantastic local products — and you can find both at our Las Cruces Breweries!
Fun fact about our breweries: Though they’re owned by different people, many of the breweries join forces throughout the year to host runs, bike rides, and other special events to bring the community together. Las Cruces breweries are also among the first in line to sponsor local charities and fundraisers that support residents in need.
Community is vitally important, but what about the beer? Great news: You’re sure to find a new favorite among Las Cruces’ award-winning brews. Without further ado, here’s a look at seven great Las Cruces breweries!
Pecan Grill and Brewery
You can enjoy delicious gourmet food from creative chefs at Pecan Grill & Brewery, complemented perfectly by their award-winning craft beers. One of their southern New Mexico signatures is a Pecan Amber Ale with a rich, mouth-filling quality.
They also offer a beer that captures the mouthwatering aroma of Las Cruces in autumn: Fresh roasted green chile. This signature brew actually has whole green chiles infused into it for flavor and a touch of heat.
If you’re feeling indulgent, this Las Cruces brewery also has a playful Peanut Butter Pecan Porter. Of course, you can sample all three (and then some) with a flight. Pro-tip: With so many strong flavors, it’s a good idea to ask your server for recommendations on your flight-tasting sequence!
Bosque Brewing Co.
This Albuquerque-born company has quickly become one of Las Cruces’ favorite breweries. Known for its laid-back taproom environment and creative food offerings (try the Green Chile Falafel or Duck Poutine with Red Chile Gravy), Bosque is a don’t miss stop.
Their national awards include recognition from the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the Brewing News IPA Championship, and the New Mexico Brewers Guild IPA Challenge.
Bosque offers year-round favorites like the delightfully crisp Open Haze IPA and the flowery Bosque Lager. They also clearly have fun creating seasonal offerings like Take on Mead and a rotating variety of hard ciders.
High Desert Brewing Co.
The first thing you need to know about High Desert is that “none of (their) beers suck,” which is actually their slogan! This quirky spot doesn’t take itself too seriously, but they also don’t mess around with their trusted beer recipes or their portion sizes (don’t try to tackle the large nacho plate alone!).
High Desert’s approachable Peach Wheat is a favorite among regulars and people who claim they don’t usually like beer. They also offer a robust rotation of stouts, IPAs, scotch ales, and a delightful house-made root beer.
Spotted Dog Brewery
If the name didn’t tip you off, this welcoming spot has a dog-friendly patio right on the edge of scenic Old Mesilla. Spotted Dog is named after Owners Jerry and Grandle’s bluetick hound, Ryleigh.
As Mesilla’s only microbrewery, Spotted Dog takes center stage with solid regulars like their spicy Belgian Wit and their caramelly Amber Ale. Their playful seasonal offerings are worth regular visits and include a Valentine-worthy Raspberry Wit and a hearty Bad Santa Imperial Red.
Come to this Las Cruces brewery hungry, because the Colloquium MCU and Chef Tom Drake serve gourmet fare that’s just begging to be shared as your next Instagram photo.
Ice Box Brewing Company
Las Cruces’ newest spot to cool off is the Ice Box! Quickly becoming a local hot spot, this craft brewery has a big-city (think Houston) feel and friendly down-home service.
Every other Saturday they host a Bends & Brews yoga class for just $10, so you can get your asana on before you chill out with an ice cold beer.
Locals rave about their Black Ice Lager and their Rasp-brrry Wheat, both of which pair beautifully with offerings from their resident food truck, Ruby Soho. Try the Kimchi Burger for a tangy kick that’s just right with their lager (they even offer an Ice Box Light Lager).
Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery
Las Cruces is in the midst of an exciting Main Street revitalization, and this chill spot is one of the highlights. With regular live music and a fun selection (kombucha, anyone?), Little Toad Creek is certainly popular with the under-40 crowd, but imbibers of all ages appreciate their locally distilled spirits.
Handmade with care and creativity, Little Toad Creek’s vodka (try the Green Chile Vodka in a Bloody Mary), rums, whiskey, and liqueurs have a wonderful small-batch quality. They also create fun cocktails with quality ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup!
Picacho Peak Brewing Company
Just a two-minute walk from the lazy Rio Grande river, Picacho Peak Brewing Company is a local staple. Located in the historic Grapevine Plaza event venue, this is a beautiful spot for a date (maybe enjoy a riverside walk afterward) or an overdue friends’ night.
Picacho Peak’s Twisted Windmill blends malty tropical notes with kick-in-the-face hops. If you enjoy IPAs, you’ll love it! If you’re not feeling bitter, try the Dirty Blonde Ale, a friendly and flavorful selection that is a perfect introduction to beer, or a great first beer in a flight sequence.
Las Cruces breweries are just the tip of the ice (cold) berg
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