Boxing Bear Brewing Company has won third place for Best Brewpub in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice national poll.
The poll, which opened last month and closed on March 12, had a total of 20 breweries from around the country in the running. The 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.
“We were up against some really amazing brewpubs across the country that have been well known and have been making great beer and food for a long time,” Boxing Bear head brewer and co-owner Justin Hamilton said. “Our ability to just get some recognition within less than three years of being open and being able to get on that list and be able to make it to the third is a huge thing for us. We are really excited and humbled to be part of the growing industry of craft beer that’s being recognized in New Mexico.”
Titletown Brewing Co., out of Green Bay, Wis., took the top spot. It has been voted No. 1 for two years in a row. Great Lakes Brewing Co. out of Cleveland, Ohio came in second. Go here for the list of the top 10 winners.
Boxing Bear continues to rack up the accolades. Last year it was named Mid-Size Brew Pub of the Year at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It also won gold for its The Red Glove in the Double Red Ale category and for its Chocolate Milk Stout in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category.
“We’re working really hard and our plan is to keep our nose to the grindstone and keep making great products,” Hamilton said. “Since we opened the door that’s been our goal and we’re getting there and we still feel like we have some room for improvement which is good for all of our customers and everybody throughout the state. We’re just happy to be, you know like I said, a part of that poll and be able to represent New Mexico with the craft beer industry and do it properly. It’s been good.”