Although unlikely, if you have not heard of Lynyrd Skynyrd, it is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s. On June 17th, they played at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero New Mexico with special guests Parmalee and Rodney Atkins. While I was not able to attend the concert myself, my father-in-law was there carrying out his duties as the production manager of the facility. He has worked with a variety of bands over the years and was happy to discuss the stage and setup of the show.
Unlike many of the previous concerts at Inn of the Mountain Gods, Lynyrd Skynyrd was set up in their outdoor venue overlooking a spectacular lake, mountains and tall pine trees. The stage was trucked in and setup on a large grassy area. One of the biggest issues with this was the unevenness of the ground. As a result, the crew had to spend a lot of time adding blocks and leveling the ground. As one would expect, Lynyrd Skynyrd utilized a number of tube amplifiers, speaker arrays and columns to assist in showcasing the band’s great sound. The final production was exceptional. Through significant delegation and coordination with the musicians and their crew, stage, lighting, and sound people, the final production was exceptional and the guests were given a memorable experience.
As for the beer, The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino recently opened The Broken Arrow Tap House. It is a restaurant/bar with over 60 beers on tap, ranging from mainstream beers like Budweiser and Coors to some of New Mexico’s best like Alien Ale and La Cumbre. They have a beer there for everyone.
By taking a short trip into the City of Ruidoso, you will also discover the Rio Grande Grill & Tap House. Part of the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, this local brewery is well known in the area for their Alien Amber Ale. Top notch food, a family friendly atmosphere, and periodic live entertainment, makes it a great place to spend the evening. During our visit, my wife ordered a flight of beer and I had one of the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company’s root beer. The flight allowed for the choice of four samples. She chose a milk stout, Alien Wheat, The Bone Chiller Nut-brown, and a whiskey stout. She has enjoyed the Alien Wheat and the milk stout before, but the other two were a new experience. The Bone Chiller Nut-brown was given a stamp of approval, even though it had a more floral, hoppy flavor. Ultimately, she loved the whiskey stout. Surprisingly, it does not contain any whisky as the name might be thought to imply. Instead, it is fermented in whiskey casks, giving it more flavor. While we were debating purchasing a growler of the whiskey stout over dinner, the tap master stopped by with another beer for her to try. It was called a Dark and Stormy and immediately became her new favorite beer. It is a mixed beer containing half of the Sierra Blanca Milk Stout and half of the Sierra Blanca Whiskey Stout. Obviously, we purchased a growler of Dark and Stormy instead. Unfortunately, the whisky stout was a limited brew.
As you venture further into the main streets of Ruidoso, you will come across the Hidden Tap. Although they do not brew their own beers, this tap room serves a variety of local New Mexico brews. The Hidden Tap serves food and has live music from time to time. We didn't sample the food, but we were able to listen to a couple of local bands. All in all, it was a great place to hang out. Unfortunately, we missed Sasquatch, but that is another story....