Las Cruces and those who call it home love our local options. From coffeehouses to used bookstores to one of the country’s best farmers markets, Las Cruces embraces that which is unique to the area. To that end, it’s not surprising to learn that local breweries, wineries, and distilleries are thriving in our city. Below are just a few great local options to explore.
Bosque Brewing Co., Las Cruces Public House
From their start in northern New Mexico through their journey south, Bosque Brewing Co. has enjoyed a stellar reputation throughout the state. With a commitment to the local areas and residents they serve (“Our aim is to improve our community with the products we craft and the experiences we offer.”), Bosque is a perfect place to enjoy an authentic night out in Las Cruces. The brewery offers and an extensive list of year-round lagers, IPAs, and ales, with specialty and seasonal products offered for limited times. You can also take the fun home with you in personal kegs.
The Las Cruces Public House is located at 901 E. University Avenue, Building 945, Suite 3-A. You can give them a call at 575-888-4110 and visit their website at https://www.bosquebrewing.com/las-cruces-public-house.
Serving “Las Crucen’s” exceptional wines for nearly 10 years, Amaro’s products are truly regional gems, with all grapes grown in southern New Mexico. Amaro boasts a full listing of award-winning white, red and rose wines, which can be experienced at their tasting room. The winery is also a hotspot for events, with weekly live music, dance nights (with a free lesson included!), painting classes, and more…all with a side of wine, of course.
Amaro is located at 402 S. Melendres St.; their phone number is 575-527-5310. Visit their website at http://amarowinerynm.com/.
Spanning six generations of winemakers, the Lescombes family set up vineyards in the southwestern region back in 1981. All of their house wines are grown in this 200-acre vineyard located forty miles west of Deming, New Mexico. Currently, the Lescombes grows and harvest grapes for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, and dozens of other varietals.
In Las Cruces, the winery and bistro opened by the Lescombes family operate under the same name. Their winemaking team collaborates with a master chef to create an extensive menu that pairs nicely with their wines. The winery is operations 7 days a week for tasting and purchasing bottled wines.
Lescombes Winery is located at 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005; their phone number is 575-524-2408. Visit their website at https://lescombeswinery.com/las-cruces/.
Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria
Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere in this enchanting tasting room located in Mesilla. This winery was established in Deming, New Mexico and has since established its own restaurant in Las Cruces to include a pizzeria. It was founded in 2001 by a fourth-generation winegrower, Paolo D’Andrea.
The winery offers a beautiful restaurant and patio, serving a long list of house-made wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Sangria, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and more! The pizzeria isn’t exclusive to pizza either. It offers a full menu of options, including pasta, calzones, appetizers, and more.
Luna Rossa Winery is located at 1321 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005; their phone number is 575-526-2484. Visit their website at http://www.lunarossawinery.com/.
Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery
From their start in Silver City, Little Toad Creek arrived in Las Cruces and quickly made a home in the heart of our downtown area. On the brewery side of the business, Little Toad offers a rotating selection of blonde, amber, and pale ales; NM Brown, and porter, including unique seasonal selections. Guest Tap Offerings, featuring craft beers from other parts of the state, may also be available.
Little Toad also houses southwest New Mexico’s first micro-distillers, creating handcrafted rum, whiskey, vodka, and liqueurs – including a Green Chili Vodka that exemplifies one of the most beloved tastes of the Las Cruces area. There is also a busy events calendar featuring live music, karaoke, and open mic nights, all in the picturesque downtown.
Little Toad Creek Las Cruces is located at 119 N. Main St.. You can phone them at 575-956-6144 or visit their website at https://littletoadcreek.com/.
Icebox Brewing Company
With a grand opening in January of this year, Icebox Brewing Company has quickly established itself as a top choice for Law Cruces craft beer enthusiasts. With an open layout where guests can see the brewing process, Icebox is a visual, as well as a taste experience. A certified Independent Craft Brewer, Icebox has a rotating menu of beers on tap, as well as keg options. A resident food truck and events like a trivia night, music, and Pint Nights hosted by local groups and organizations make Icebox an ideal night out in Las Cruces.
Icebox Brewing Company is located at 2825 W. Picacho Ave. and can be reached at 575-526-7129. Their website is available at https://iceboxbrewing.com/.
Dry Point Distillers
Opening its doors in 2018, Dry Point Distillers offers an array of spirits that pay homage to the Rio Grande region in which they were born. Many of their cocktails feature flavors that are special to the southwest area, such as Mesquite, fresh chile, prickly pear and more. Further, owners Stefan and Chris Schaefer employ a technical, yet quality artisanal technique that gives their spirits unique flavors that can only be achieved by hard work and a hands-on approach.
Dry Point Distillers is located in beautiful Mesilla and the atmosphere of the distillery is one worth celebrating. Stop by for their special gins, vodka, and whiskey, or find them at various local distributors. As a departing note, this distillery uses local ingredients and sustainable products whenever possible.
Dry Point Distillers is located at 1680 Calle de Alvarez Suite C2, Las Cruces, NM 88005 and can be reached at (575) 652-3414. Their website is available at https://www.drypointdistillersnm.com
What’s going on in Las Cruces November 2019
Las Cruces continues to be one of the best locally thriving communities in the Southwestern region. Curious to know what is happening in and around town this month? Here’s a list of recommended events and celebrations that are great for families and local residents.
Homegrown: A New Mexico Food & Gift Show
- What: The event will have about 70 vendors from around the state and will have food demonstrations (including making red chile sauce), native foods, food trucks, book-signings and more.
- When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24
- Where: New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.
- Cost: Admission is $5 per vehicle.
- Info: http://www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org/
Haunted History Tour – Historic Doña Ana Courthouse
- What: Haunted History Tour through the historic Doña Ana Courthouse and Jail. If you’re looking for something a little more “edgy” to do with your friends, this is it! They will escort your group through the “Grand Old Lady” to experience first hand, the areas in the building that paranormal investigators have documented paranormal activity. Your guides will lead you through the dark corridors of the 1937 courthouse and haunted jail lighting the way with old lanterns. The guides will replay some of the audio they have captured in the different “hot spots” throughout the 37,000 square foot, three-story building, and jail annex.
- When: Every Friday and Saturday. For large groups, reservations are made during a weekday.
- Where: Doña Ana Courthouse and Jail, 251 W. Amador Ave.
- Cost: $25 per person for groups up to 15. Tour is an hour and a half long.