Nestled among the vast farmland, adobe homes and historic missions that give Socorro Road its nickname (“Mission Trail”) stands a small setup that’s revitalizing the once sleepy stretch of road in El Paso’s Lower Valley.
Three Missions Brewery, which opened in April 2021, is located on the El Paso Mission Trail (hence the brewery’s name) in a white adobe building that is part of Casa Ortiz, which was constructed in the late 1700s. It also sits across from Casa Apodaca, which was built in 1900. Its location in the up-and-coming arts district in Socorro has proven to be a smart decision for Owner Rick Razo.
“I’m very happy,” Razo says of the other businesses that have opened in the area. “It just shows that ‘Hey, you know what? The Valley’s been needing this, these neighborhoods need this and there’s a market for it.’”
According to their website, “Three Missions Brewery pays homage to the beautiful missions along it and the history of the El Paso and Socorro area we love so much.” Being on the Mission Trail means a nice mix of clientele that’s composed of both locals and international visitors who are in town to see the missions or rock climbers from around the country who are visiting Hueco Tanks.
The brewery boasts a spacious area inside with a bar space and another seating area, as well as a spacious patio that is welcoming to those young and old, and even to furry family members.
“It’s a nice family environment; an environment to enjoy,” Razo says. “It’s something unique that you can only get in El Paso.”
At the space, Razo and his crew make craft beers that pay homage to the area and its agricultural and cultural history — such as a churro stout, pomegranate ale and pecan brown ale — in addition to a blonde ale and IPAs.
“Pomegranates grow everywhere here. I was very adamant about having a pomegranate here,” Razo says, mentioning quince, figs and apricots as fruits that he grew up with in the Lower Valley. “I think that brings a nostalgic feel to it or a nostalgic taste, but I really want to support the local businesses and have that local flair. And I think that’s how the rest of the world will eventually discover this area.”