Blog posts of '2017' 'November'

Mesilla, New Mexico

If you find yourself in El Paso Texas, a border hop to Mesilla New Mexico is definitely worth considering. Located just on the other side of the I-10 from Las Cruces, Mesilla is a small town with substantial history. Of course, we visited for the beer.

As it turned out, we had just missed the Summer Music Series. Each year, Mesilla has a free music festival in the quaint, historic town square. Starting in June, they have a live band every Friday night up to the end of July. A short walk from the square will bring you to the Spotted Dog brewery. After an initial sampling at the Washington Ranch Beer and Music Festival, Lucy-Jo was more than ready for a more thorough tasting session. The barkeep/brewer saw she was having trouble limiting her samples to the four included in a flight and graciously suggested she expand her selections to two flights. He didn't have to ask twice! Her first contained the Belgian Wit, Prickly Beaver, Cream Ale and a Milk Stout. The second flight was a Brown Ale, Irish Red, Kolsch, and a Hefeweizen. The problem was, she loved them all! While discussing the selection with the brewer, he said she really should try the barley wine. Having previously tasted an unpleasant version brewed in Albuquerque for the first time, she was hesitant. The brewer promised her she would be pleasantly surprised, so she agreed to give it a go. He was "so right". Having purchased a growler of the Hefeweizen, another of Cream Ale, and a squeaker of the Barley Wine, Lucy-Jo began to regret not bring more containers to fill.

Spotted Dog Brewery

Mesilla, NM

Conroe, Texas

Nearing the end of the trip to visit our daughter, we stopped in Conroe, Texas. As always, we dropped into the local brewery (Copperhead Brewery) to sample their wares. Lucy-Jo's flight consisted of 4 beer samples; the Medusa (Belgian Dark Strong), Copperhead White (Belgian Wheat), Cherry Medusa (Fruited Belgian Dark Strong), and Striker (IPA). While the IPA is usually not her style, she still found it to be quite palatable. The Medusa was her favorite, followed closely by the Cherry Medusa.

Don't let the snake logo fool you. The real mascot of this friendly little place is Winston, the Corgi. We were greeted at the door by this little guy. He refused to be ignored and even brought us a toy to share. As with most Texas watering holes, the people were very welcoming and certainly knowledgeable. I would definitely suggest stopping by if you are in the area. The Copperhead Brewery is not too far from the freeway and has great parking; something we always welcome as our truck is certainly Texas-sized!

Cooperhead Brewery