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Editorial: NM breweries make a big splash on world beer stage

Let’s hoist a cold one to seven New Mexico breweries that showed brewers around the globe how it’s done.

Taking home medals at the World Beer Cup, an international competition held biennially – this year in Philadelphia – were these New Mexico breweries:

Gold: Boxing Bear, in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category for its Chocolate Milk Stout; Nexus Brewery, in the Honey Beer category for its Honey Chamomile Wheat; and La Cumbre, in the International Style Lager category for its BEER. All are in Albuquerque.

Silver: Albuquerque’s Canteen Brewhouse in the Bohemian Style Pilsener category for its High Plains Pils and Santa Fe’s Second Street Brewery in the Imperial India Pale Ale category for its Trebuchet IPA.

Bronze: Albuquerque’s Bosque Brewing Co. for its River-walker IPA and Marble Brewery for its Pilsner.

The World Beer Cup featured 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries in 55 countries.

If it sounds like a big deal, it is, according to John Gozigian, director of the New Mexico Brewers Guild: “Everyone knows there are a lot of good breweries here. The people in New Mexico really enjoy the beer and know it tastes good and it’s popular, but probably don’t realize our beer has credibility on the national and international levels,” Gozigian said.

This is one sector of the state economy that is growing by hops and bounds. Kudos to the brewmasters who help put New Mexico on the beer drinking map.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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