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Bosque Brewing Co. wins gold and other ABQ breweries place at festival

Several Albuquerque breweries did exceptionally well at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, with one brewery winning gold.

The competition on Saturday awarded 275 medals to many of the best breweries in the United States, including four New Mexico breweries.

Bosque Brewing Company captured the gold medal for its Acequia IPA in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category. There were 34 entries in this category. Last year, Bosque won bronze for its Acequia.

“Taking a gold in a competition this fierce feels great,” Bosque co-owner Jotham Mochnovicz said on Saturday. “We’re proud to be able to be part of the craft beer industry in New Mexico. (Head brewer) John Bullard and the crew keep pushing to get better. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The GABF, now in its 29th year, received 6,647 submissions from 1,552 breweries from 50 states in 92 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles. The GABF beers were evaluated by 242 beer experts from 15 countries, according to a news release from The Brewers Association.

Kaylynn McKnight, who is the only female head brewer in Albuquerque, brought home the silver medal in the Honey Beer category for her Honey Chamomile Wheat at Nexus Brewery and Restaurant. There were 52 entries in that category.

“We are very proud of Kaylynn,” Nexus owner Ken Carson Jr. said. “That beer is her original recipe, and we’re proud of all the rest of the beer we have been able to produce at Nexus. It’s an honor to have won silver … It looks like New Mexico as a whole continues to produce great beer.”

Another silver medal winner is Boxing Bear Brewing Co., which won for its Chocolate Milk Stout in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category that had 75 entries.

“We are thrilled to have won a silver medal in the sweet stout category,” Boxing Bear co-owner Ken Davis said. “…We’re really proud of (head brewer and co-owner) Justin Hamilton, (assistant brewer) Dylan Davis and the entire staff at Boxing Bear. New Mexico rocks!”

This is the first win for Nexus and Boxing Bear at GABF.

Marble Brewery is no stranger to GABF wins. Last year, it was named Small Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year and won gold for its Double White and Imperial Red Ale. This year, its Imperial Red won a bronze medal in the Imperial Red Ale category, which had 35 entries.

“Imperial Red has medaled three times at the world’s greatest beer competition,” Marble’s president, co-owner and brewmaster Ted Rice said. “We are extremely proud.”