Being recognized as Mid-Size Brew Pub of the Year at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival is just the tip of the iceberg for Boxing Bear Brewing Company.
Now the brewery, located on Albuquerque’s Westside, is up for Best Brewpub in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice national poll.
Boxing Bear is holding its own at the No. 2 spot. There are a total of 20 breweries in the running including some heavy hitters such as California’s Russian River Brewing Co., Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co. and Ohio’s Great Lakes Brewing Co., which currently has the lead.
Fans of Boxing Bear have plenty of time to vote and help push it to No. 1. People can vote here once per day through March 13. Polls close at 10 a.m. on March 13. The winner will be announced March 17.
“You can vote every single day and that’s what we’re trying to convince our customers (to do),” Boxing Bear partner Kevin Davis said. “If you like our beer, please support us.”
Twenty brewpubs were nominated as the best in the United States by a panel of beer experts. The nominated brewpubs, serve their own house beers, often alongside guest taps and a menu of tasty food options, according to the USA Today poll site.
“Albuquerque’s Boxing Bear Brewing Co. sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, where guests can enjoy half a dozen house brews or a selection of seasonal guest taps, including a rotating nitro selection. Hot-pressed Paninis from the food menu come with chips and a pickle,” the poll site reads.
Davis thinks Boxing Bear winning Mid-Size Brew Pub of the Year at GABF had a lot to do with being nominated in the USA Today poll.
“We’re just really humbled and surprised and it’s been kind of a wild ride so far, but this is something,” he said. “The way we look at it, you look at some of these breweries and they have Russian River and Great Lakes. They have a lot of really big players in the craft beer market that they are including us with, so it’s just been really exciting and humbling.”
Being nominated is another win-win for New Mexico, according to Davis.
“We love it because it’s good for New Mexico,” Davis said. “We’re becoming known as a craft beer destination and there are people all over the country that just love craft beer and make trips and make vacations out of this… Albuquerque is represented with some of great breweries that we have out here in New Mexico. I really think it’s bringing people into the state. It’s really good for tourism. It’s good for everything.”