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.