NM IPA Challenge expands field and names host breweries

There will be more competitors at the preliminary round of this year’s IPA Challenge after all.

The New Mexico Brewers Guild sent out an update Tuesday about this year’s edition of the IPA Challenge. After initially capping the July 14 preliminary round at 30 participating breweries, the field has now been expanded to 46, with four of those breweries receiving byes to the next three rounds as they are hosts this year.

Duel Brewing will host the preliminary round at its Albuquerque taproom downtown, just as it did last year. The other hosts are Taos Mesa’s Taos Tap Room (July 18), Second Street Rufina (July 21), and Bosque North in Bernalillo (July 28). As a result, Duel, Taos Mesa, Second Street, and Bosque will not participate in the preliminary round.

The remaining 42 breweries will then be randomly assigned numbers that put them on three separate trays. Each patron will receive one tray and vote for the winner of that tray alone. The final tally of votes will then account for which IPAs advance to the final round alongside the four with byes, with the final winner being crowned on July 28.

Here are the 16 additional breweries that will participate:

  • Ale Republic
  • Bathtub Row
  • Broken Trail
  • Cazuela’s
  • Eske’s
  • Lost Hiker
  • Palmer
  • Picacho Peak
  • Rowley Farmhouse Ales
  • Sierra Blanca
  • Spotted Dog
  • Steel Bender
  • The 377
  • Tumbleroot
  • Turtle Mountain
  • Wellhead

If anyone wants further information on the 2018 NM IPA Challenge, please contact us at nmdarksidebrewcrew@gmail.com.


— Stoutmeister

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