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New Mexico breweries bring home gold

New Mexico breweries have again beat out brewers from around the world, bringing home three gold medals, two bronze medals and two silver medals from an international competition.

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group for small and independent craft brewers, announced the winners of the 2016 World Beer Cup, one of the largest commercial beer competitions. The awards were presented at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia last Friday, according to a Brewers Association news release.

The 2016 World Beer Cup included 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries in 55 countries. Entries were judged by an international panel of 253 judges, according to the news release. World Beer Cup is held every two years.

Winning gold were Boxing Bear Brewing Company, Nexus Brewery and La Cumbre, all from Albuquerque.

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Boxing Bear Brewing took gold in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category for its Chocolate Milk Stout. There were 63 entries in that category. Last year, the same stout won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

“To win for a stout in a category with great breweries including Irish and American breweries just really solidified the fact that we have a presence not only locally, but nationally and now around the world,” Boxing Bear head brewer and co-owner Justin Hamilton said.

Hamilton is proud to see Boxing Bear and other New Mexico breweries getting recognized at the World Beer Cup.

“It’s reassuring to know that we are where we deserve to be,” Hamilton said. “We’re going to continue to brew some great products,  and we’re going to continue to put New Mexico and Albuquerque on the map for those things, which is our goal.”

Hamilton said he was happy to see other New Mexico breweries do well at the competition, too.

“We’re all very good friends and acquaintances, so it was really good to see my colleagues doing really good for themselves but ourselves as well,” he said.

Albuquerque’s Nexus Brewery also took gold in the World Beer Cup for its Honey Chamomile Wheat in the Honey Beer category, which had 55 entries. The beer also won silver last year at GABF.

“I’m also very proud of it because it’s my own recipe,” Nexus head brewer Kaylynn McKnight said. “It’s one of the first seasonal beers that I made here that turned into a house beer.”

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Also taking a gold was Albuquerque’s La Cumbre Brewing Co., which won in the International Style Lager category for its BEER. There were 103 entries in that category.

“This recipe we’ve really been working on for the past three years,” said Jeff Erway, La Cumbre president and master brewer.

” It wasn’t any one of us, it was us as a group,” he said. “And to go up against some of the largest and well funded breweries in Europe and in America and win an award in the International style lager category is a pretty amazing honor.”

Bringing home silver medals were Albuquerque’s Canteen Brewhouse for its High Plains Pils in the Bohemian Style Pilsener, which had 65 entries, and Santa Fe’s Second Street Brewery for its Trebuchet IPA in the Imperial India Pale Ale category, which had 181 entries.

Taking bronze were Albuquerque’s Bosque Brewing Co. for its Riverwalker IPA in the Australian or International Style Pale Ale category, which had 84 entries and and Marble Brewery for its Pilsner in the Kellerbier or Zwickelbier category, which had 69 entries.

For more information on World Beer Cup, visit worldbeercup.org.

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