Only a handful of New Mexico breweries enter the GABF competition in 2020

No one will be attending the GABF awards ceremony in person like in past years, but the show must go on (virtually) for 2020.

Though the actual festival part of the Great American Beer Festival did not happen this year in Denver, the competition for medals still went on, albeit with far fewer New Mexico breweries participating than in years past.

As of the time of publication of this article, only 10 breweries (UPDATE: now it’s 12) told us that they took part in the blind judging competition, the results of which will be broadcast online today (Friday) at 5 p.m. In contrast, 16 breweries said they did not enter beers this time around, which is fairly understandable considering the current economic conditions and the cost of $160 per beer submitted.

Notable names not participating at GABF this year include Marble Brewery, the 2014 Small Brewery of the Year, as well as past medal winners such as Blue Corn Brewery and Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery. Other breweries that said no this year were Beer Creek Brewing, Bombs Away Beer Co., Bow & Arrow Brewing, Gravity Bound Brewing, High and Dry Brewing, Palmer Brewery and Cider House, Ponderosa Brewing, Red River Brewing, Sidetrack Brewing, Taos Mesa Brewing, Thirsty Eye Brewing, Tractor Brewing, and Truth or Consequences Brewing.

Of course, there are many breweries that we never heard back from either way, including past medal winners Boxing Bear, La Cumbre, Santa Fe, Second Street, and Starr Brothers.

As for the 12 that we did receive confirmation from, Rowley Farmhouse Ales chose not to share the names or categories of their entries. Ex Novo Brewing shared categories only. For what we do know, here are the 91 categories for which each of the top-three finishers will be announced today. Use this as a handy guide to know when it is time to pay close attention to the broadcast.

  1. American-Style Wheat Beer:
  2. American-Style Fruit Beer:
  3. Fruit Wheat Beer: Cherry Wheat, Sierra Blanca
  4. Field Beer:
  5. Pumpkin/Squash Beer or Pumpkin Spice Beer:
  6. Chili Beer: Green Chile Cerveza, Sierra Blanca
  7. Herb and Spice Beer: entry unknown, Ex Novo Brewing; Hi Wit, La Reforma Brewery; Sancho Chelada, Sierra Blanca
  8. Chocolate Beer:
  9. Coffee Beer: Whispering Java Porter, Brew Lab 101
  10. Coffee Stout or Porter:
  11. Specialty Beer: Cactus Warrior, Toltec Brewing
  12. Rye Beer: Mystic Rye, Toltec Brewing
  13. Honey Beer: Honey Chamomile Wheat, Nexus Brewery
  14. Session Beer or N/A Beer:
  15. Session India Pale Ale:
  16. Other Strong Beer: Imperial Cream Ale, Nexus Brewery; Dos Hefe, Sierra Blanca
  17. Experimental Beer:
  18. Experimental India Pale Ale:
  19. Historical Beer:
  20. Gluten-Free Beer:
  21. American-Belgo-Style Ale:
  22. American-Style Sour Ale:
  23. Fruited American-Style Sour Ale: entry unknown, Ex Novo Brewing
  24. Brett Beer:
  25. Mixed-Culture Brett Beer:
  26. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer:
  27. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer:
  28. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout: Barrel-Aged Tracksuit Stout, Steel Bender Brewyard
  29. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer:
  30. Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer:
  31. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier:
  32. Smoke Beer: The Year from Helles, Bosque Brewing
  33. American Lager:
  34. Light Lager: N’Ultra, Nexus Brewery
  35. American Pilsner:
  36. International Pilsner: Laid Back Lager, Canteen Brewhouse; entry unknown, Ex Novo Brewing; Pedro O’Flangan’s Mexican Lager, Quarter Celtic Brewpub; Wooden Teeth, Turtle Mountain Brewing
  37. American-Style Cream Ale: Orale Mexican Lager, Nexus Brewery
  38. American Amber Lager:
  39. German-Style Pilsner: Bosque Lager, Bosque Brewing; Desert Pilsner, Sierra Blanca
  40. Bohemian-Style Pilsner: High Plains Pils, Canteen Brewhouse
  41. Munich-Style Helles: Helles Awaits, Canteen Brewhouse
  42. Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest: The Prince of Dortness, Quarter Celtic Brewpub
  43. Vienna-Style Lager:
  44. German-Style Marzen: Oktoberfiesta, Steel Bender Brewyard
  45. German Dark Lager: Maximillian, La Reforma Brewery
  46. International Dark Lager: Dark Pedro, Quarter Celtic Brewpub; Get Bock Inside, Turtle Mountain Brewing
  47. Bock:
  48. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock:
  49. Golden or Blonde Ale: Pistol Pete’s 1888, Bosque Brewing; Blonde Bombshell, Brew Lab 101
  50. German-Style Kolsch: Lloyd’s 3 O’Clock Kolsch, Steel Bender Brewyard
  51. English Ale:
  52. International Pale Ale:
  53. American-Style Pale Ale:
  54. Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale:
  55. American-Style Strong Pale Ale:
  56. Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale: Resto, Bosque Brewing;
  57. American-Style India Pale Ale: Scale Tipper, Bosque Brewing; The Bull, Brew Lab 101; X-IPA, Brew Lab 101; Exodus IPA, Canteen Brewhouse; entry unknown, Ex Novo Brewing; West Coast, Carnal!, La Reforma Brewery; Lupulin Guardian, Toltec Brewing
  58. Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale: Wicked Pissah IPA, Brew Lab 101; entry unknown, Ex Novo Brewing
  59. Imperial India Pale Ale:
  60. Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale:
  61. American-Style Amber/Red Ale: Jetty Jack, Bosque Brewing; Sassy Brunette, Brew Lab 101; Dougie Style Amber, Canteen Brewhouse
  62. Strong Red Ale: Red Iron Red, Steel Bender Brewyard
  63. English Mild or Bitter:
  64. Extra Special Bitter:
  65. Scottish-Style Ale:
  66. Irish-Style Red Ale: Crimson Lass, Quarter Celtic Brewpub
  67. English-Style Brown Ale: Bone Chiller Brown, Sierra Blanca
  68. American-Style Brown Ale:
  69. American-Style Black Ale or American-Style Stout:
  70. German-Style Sour Ale:
  71. Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse:
  72. Contemporary Gose: Pickle Down Economics, Bosque Brewing
  73. German-Style Altbier: Sacred ALTar, Toltec Brewing
  74. German-Style Wheat Ale:
  75. Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale:
  76. Belgian-Style Witbier: The Village Wit, Steel Bender Brewyard
  77. Classic Saison:
  78. Specialty Saison:
  79. Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale:
  80. Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale:
  81. Belgian-Style Abbey Ale:
  82. Belgian-Style Specialty Ale:
  83. Brown Porter:
  84. Robust Porter:
  85. Stout: Metal Snake, Turtle Mountain Brewing
  86. Sweet Stout or Cream Stout:
  87. Oatmeal Stout: Shaman Stout, Toltec Brewing
  88. Imperial Stout: Lush & Aphotic, Nexus
  89. Scotch Ale: entry unknown, Ex Novo Brewing; Scotch Ale, Nexus Brewery
  90. Old Ale or Strong Ale or Barley Wine-Style Ale: The Winchester, Quarter Celtic Brewpub
  91. Fresh Hop Beer:

Two of the entered beers are collaborations. The Barrel-Aged Tracksuit Stout from Steel Bender was made with friend-of-the-Crew Majin Garcia, while The Winchester from Quarter Celtic was a collaboration with the Crew. We may root a little extra for those two, if no one minds.

If any other New Mexico breweries update us on their entries before the awards ceremony begins, we will do our best to update this story. At some point tonight, or later, we will share the results and reaction from local winners.

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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