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La Cumbre brew captures national IPA prize

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — La Cumbre brewing has put itself on the map once again, capturing the first place prize in Brewing News’ 2017 National IPA Challenge.  Their Project Dank took home the award after besting 127 other breweries nationally in a seven-round competition.

This is the fourth year in a row that an Albuquerque based brewery has captured this prize. Bosque Brewing won the previous two years and La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA took home the prize the year before that.

“We’re just ecstatic to keep this title here in Albuquerque,” said Jeff Erway, La Cumbre president and co-founder, in a news release on Tuesday.

La Cumbre began as a small operation in 2010 with five part-time employees and has since expanded to 40 full-time workers.

Past awards include a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010, the most coveted brewing prize in the country, and a Bronze at the World Beer Festival in 2012.  In 2013, Project Dank took the Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival in the American IPA category.