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Quarter Celtic Brewpub wins bronze at World Beer Cup

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque’s Quarter Celtic Brewpub recently took home the bronze in one of the largest beer competitions in the world.

Quarter Celtic won the bronze medal for its Pedro O’Flannigan Mexican lager in the International Style Pilsner category during the 2018 World Beer Cup. There were 64 entries competing in that category.

“We hope that this award will continue to foster (the idea) that Albuquerque makes great beer and that will not stop,” David Facey, Quarter Celtic co-owner, is quoted saying in a news release. “Also, that this town has been making great beer for a long time and supporting all New Mexico breweries is important.”

Brewery partners Brady McKeown, Ror McKeown, Lee Wilson, Randy Brown and Facey opened Quarter Celtic two years ago inside the Ace Courtyard, at 1100 San Mateo NE. Head brewer Brady McKeown has been making beer for over 25 years, according to the news release.

The 2018 World Beer Cup included 8,234 beers in 101 style categories from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries. Entries were judged by an international panel of 295 judges from 33 countries, according to the World Beer Cup website. The World Beer Cup, which is often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” is held every two years.

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group for small and independent craft brewers, announced the winners of the 2018 World Beer Cup on May 3 during an awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.

Other New Mexico breweries also had entries in the 2018 World Beer Cup but Quarter Celtic was the only New Mexico brewery to win a medal. New Mexico breweries faired better at the 2016 World Beer Cup with Boxing Bear Brewing Company, Nexus Brewery and La Cumbre Brewing Co. winning gold, Canteen Brewhouse and Second Street Brewery taking home silver medals and Bosque Brewing Co. and Marble Brewery being awarded bronze medals.

“This award isn’t only to be celebrated for Quarter Celtic, but for the industry that so many people have built, (that) celebrates its local roots,” Facey says in the news release. “Many times we continually focus on bad things in our community, (but) we want to just to celebrate how awesome this is.”

For a full list of winners, visit worldbeercup.org.

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