The two main themes from Round Two of the IPA Challenge tonight (Tuesday) at Roosevelt Brewing in Portales were 1) there was a great turnout (83 voters) and 2) those voters were all over the place in their selections.

The voting totals from Round Two in Portales. The number on the left was the beer's designation for the blind taste test. Voting totals are on the right.

The voting totals from Round Two in Portales. The number on the left was the beer’s designation for the blind taste test. Voting totals are on the right.

No brewery out of the 16 participants garnered more than 10 votes, while everyone had at least one vote. Santa Fe Brewing won the night with 10, while Marble was last (!) with just one vote. In between were a whole bushel of breweries, with the overall voting totals only changing ever so slightly in the overall order going into Sunday’s grand finale at Tractor Wells Park.

Bosque Brewing picked up seven votes to expand its overall lead to 41, while second-place Chama River picked up just three votes for 27 total and third-place Il Vicino added just two for 23 total. Fourth place now features a four-way tie between Blue Corn, La Cumbre, Santa Fe, and Tractor, all of whom have 18 votes total.

For the sake of reference, here are the overall voting totals. The first number in parentheses was the voting total from Saturday’s Round One at Second Street, with the Roosevelt/Round Two voting following.

  1. Bosque 41 votes (34/7)
  2. Chama River 27 (24/3)
  3. Il Vicino 23 (21/2)
  4. Blue Corn 18 (12/6)
  5. La Cumbre 18 (12/6)
  6. Santa Fe 18 (8/10)
  7. Tractor 18 (15/3)
  8. Second Street 17 (12/5)
  9. Marble 16 (15/1)
  10. Turtle Mountain 16 (14/2)
  11. Cazuela’s 14 (7/7)
  12. High Desert 14 (8/6)
  13. Kaktus 14 (5/9)
  14. Roosevelt 13 (5/8)
  15. Taos Mesa 13 (8/5)
  16. Nexus 7 (4/3)

As noted many times before, the final round of the IPA Challenge will be this Sunday at Tractor Wells Park (1800 N. 4th Street, for those who still haven’t been there) from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are still available online at nmbeer.org and on site in advance and (if there are any left) at the door Sunday.

We will have our guide to how to survive the Challenge, should it be your first or if you’re looking to improve upon last year, this Friday.

Until then, we say good show, Portales. For a town of maybe 20,000 people (probably less), you had a solid turnout. Congrats to everyone at Roosevelt Brewing for helping to make that happen, and to the Brewers Guild, as always, for organizing this event.

See many of you Sunday afternoon.

Cheers!

— Stoutmeister

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