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Six NM breweries pick up honors in competition

Members of Marble Brewery accept their awards at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Brewers Guild)

Members of Marble Brewery accept their awards at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Brewers Guild)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico had an impressive showing at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

The competition awarded 268 medals to many of the best breweries in the United States including six New Mexico breweries.

One of the most prestigious awards went to Albuquerque’s Marble Brewery. It was named Small Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year.

“The Small Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year award is one of the most coveted awards in the craft beer industry,” said Amberley Rice, Marble Brewery marketing director. “We couldn’t be prouder.”

The GABF, now in its 28th year, received more than 5,500 submissions from 1,309 breweries from 50 states in 90 style categories. The GABF beers were evaluated by 222 beer experts from 10 countries, according to a news release from The Brewers Association.

Marble Brewery also brought home the most gold. The brewery won gold for its Double White in the Other Strong Beer category and gold for its Imperial Red in the Imperial Red Ale category.

Canteen Brewhouse, formerly known as Il Vicino Brewing Co., also won gold for its Dougie Style Amber Ale in the American Style Amber/Red Ale category. It also won silver for its Saint Bob’s Imperial Stout in the Aged Beer category.

Chama River Brewing Co. captured the gold for its Class VI Golden Lager in the Bohemian Style Pilsener category.

Bosque Brewing Co. honorably won bronze for its Acequia IPA in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category.

Another gold winner is Blue Corn Brewery out of Santa Fe. It took home the gold for its appropriately named Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout in the Oatmeal Stout category.

Also making Santa Fe proud is Santa Fe Brewing Co. It took bronze for its Los Innovadores Kriek in the American Style Sour Ale Category.

With eight medals on 84 entries, New Mexico had the fourth best ratio of medals to entries behind only New Jersey, Alaska and Washington D.C.

For the full list of winners, visit

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