All of us at the Dark Side Brew Crew and most of the craft beer drinkers we know are all aware that New Mexico has some great breweries. The breweries proved that belief, and then some, by pulling in a single-year-record eight medals at the Great American Beer Festival on Saturday morning.
Dating back to 1991, New Mexico breweries have brought home 45 medals, but never more than four in a single year (1998, 2011, 2012). This year six breweries combined to double that total, an impressive feat for a state that ranks just 36th in population.
Without further adieu, the winners.
Blue Corn: Gold Medal Stout brings home a silver medal in the Oatmeal Stout category. End of the Trail Brown Ale also earns silver for American-style Brown Ale. We can’t wait to visit BC on Sunday.
Il Vicino: Brady, Doug, and the rest of the mad scientists capture gold for the delicious Panama Joe’s Coffee Stout in the Coffee Beer category.
La Cumbre: Only the bravest hopheads, like Franz Solo, were willing to take on Project Dank: Operation Pharoah’s Revenge. That wondrous hop bomb brought home a bronze medal in the American-style IPA category.
Marble: Ted, Josh, and the gang doubled up as they earned a silver for their Pilsner in the German-style Pilsener category while the awesomely-named Thunder from Dortmunder snagged a bronze in the Dortmunder or German-style Oktoberfest category.
Rio Grande/Sierra Blanca: Last year’s big winner at GABF was the Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Ale, which took home gold in the English-style Brown Ale category. The Nut Brown could not make it back-to-back golds, but it was able to bring home a silver this year. Not too shabby for the team out in Moriarty.
Second Street: We have long considered this humble brewery in Santa Fe to be one of our state’s hidden gems. Rod and his team have been brewing up some excellent beers for years and now they are rewarded with a gold medal for the Rod’s Steam Bitter in the American-style Amber Lager category. Hopefully there will some of this masterpiece on tap when we visit Second Street on Sunday.
And since we all know how much fun it is to look back in history, here is the all-time list of gold medal-winning beers from New Mexico. You can search past results for New Mexico and other states’ breweries here on the official GABF site.
Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Ale (2012), La Cumbre’s Elevated IPA (2011), La Cumbre’s BEER (2011), Chama River’s 3 Dog Night Baltic porter (2010), Blue Corn’s Oatmeal Stout (2007), Chama River’s Rye On (2004), Blue Corn’s Atomic Blonde (2003), Wolf Canyon Brewing’s Nayati’s Honey Ale (1999), O’Ryans Tavern and Brewery’s Rio Grande Brown (1996) and Dog Spit Stout (1995)
Head on out to your closest New Mexico brewery and enjoy an award-winning beer this weekend! Heck, you might need it if the Lobos don’t hurry up and figure out a way to slow down Wyoming.