It seems only fitting that on Champions League Saturday, a number of New Mexico breweries could claim some championships of their own. In this case, the North American Beer Awards handed out the hardware and six breweries from our state each won one or more medals.
Leading the way in total medals was Blue Corn Brewery with five. Gold Medal Oatmeal Stout lived up to its name, just as it did at the Great American Beer Festival last fall. Earning silver medals were the Friar Bacon’s Mild in the English-Style Mild category and End of the Trail Brown Ale in the American-Style Brown category. The 40K Honey Wheat and Imperial Gose won bronze medals in the Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen and Specialty and Experimental Beer categories.
Canteen Brewhouse snagged three medals, including two golds. Odin’s Barley Wine and Dark & Lusty Stout claimed the top spots in the American-Style Barley Wine and Foreign Stout categories, respectively. Exodus IPA earned silver in the highly competitive American-Style IPA category.
Boxing Bear brought home three medals as well. The Body Czech Pilsner and Hairy Mit Hefe both earned silver in the Bohemian-Style Pilsner and Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen categories. The popular Chocolate Milk Stout snagged a bronze in the Sweet Stout category.
Santa Fe Brewing’s iconic Black IPA won gold in the Cascadian-Style Dark Ale category.
Pecan Grill & Brewery’s Pumpkin Pecan Porter snagged gold in the Pumpkin Ale category. (They are the former De La Vega Pecan Grill in Las Cruces, we apologize for missing them when we originally published this story Saturday.)
Chama River’s Sun Dog Kolsch picked up bronze in the Kolsch category.
Congratulations to all the participants from New Mexico! Once again, you have made our state proud and continue to put us on the map for craft beer.