Lava Rock leads the NM IPA Challenge after a controversial first round

One, five, six, 16 … many (beer) numbers were heavily deliberated, as the public gathered to vote for their favorite IPAs in the 2022 New Mexico Brewers Guild IPA Challenge at Second Street Brewery – Rufina on Saturday afternoon. Just around 2,080 tasters were poured for around 130 guests in total, and zero people had…

The IPA Challenge returns to Santa Fe

This Saturday, the New Mexico Brewers Guild is headed to Santa Fe for the first public round of the 2022 New Mexico IPA Challenge. Second Street’s Rufina location will play host once again to another grueling tournament of taste, where votes from this round will be added to the tally that will eventually choose the…

The Week Ahead in Beer: Stop for the hops to prep your palates

Since we received nary a complaint about the new format of Week Ahead, we are sticking with it. With that bit of news out of the way, we get back to our normal intro, which naturally focuses on the NM IPA Challenge, which starts this Saturday at Second Street Rufina. We included a just-the-facts preview…