New Mexico breweries hope for another bountiful night at GABF awards ceremony

More medals like this one could soon be in the hands of New Mexico breweries.

The Great American Beer Festival was postponed again this year by the COVID pandemic, but just like last year, the medals competition and online awards ceremony are still being held.

Last month, we went over the initial batch of submitted beers by more than dozen New Mexico breweries. We have added a few more since then, so we send along a big thank you to Marble, Rio Bravo, Santa Fe, and Second Street for updating our list.

The ceremony will be broadcast online Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Anyone can follow along, and we already know that Rowley Farmhouse Ales will be holding a public watch party for Santa Fe. Our man Luke will be over at Second Street Rufina with the staff there watching in the back, and will have full coverage of any medals won and the reaction from the Santa Fe area breweries.

As for the Albuquerque-based Crew members, we could not find a brewery willing to host an official watch party (Friday nights are not necessarily ideal to carve out a portion of a taproom for a bunch of industry folks, so we understand), but we are planning to post up at Gravity Bound to watch off our laptop(s). Hey, we were going there anyway to watch the New Mexico United road game at 7, so it makes sense to just hang out in the same spot. If anyone in the brewing industry would like to join us, please, head on over and make our lives a little easier when it comes to tracking down the medal winners.

We will note that while the festival part of GABF was not held this year, the twice-delayed Craft Brewers Conference was held in Denver in its place, so many of the top brewers and brewery owners are currently in Colorado. Anyone we are unable to reach on Friday, we will catch up with them the following week.

Rather than re-list the submitted beers on a per-brewery basis, we are instead listing the categories in the order they will be announced on the online broadcast. This should help everyone follow along. We also noted the past medal winners that are back in the running this year. Note that this is not a complete list, so there could be even more beers entered. We will keep a running tally on Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to follow along but are unable to watch the broadcast, you can keep tabs that way.

  1. American Wheat Beer
  2. American Fruit Beer
  3. Fruit Wheat Beer — Petroglyph Wit, Lava Rock; Trampled by Tangerines, Nexus; Social Hour, Santa Fe; Squeezer, Santa Fe
  4. Field Beer
  5. Pumpkin Beer
  6. Chili Beer
  7. Herb and Spice Beer — Summer Honey, Rio Bravo; Odin’s Eye, Thirsty Eye
  8. Chocolate Beer
  9. Coffee Beer
  10. Coffee Stout or Porter — Panama Joe, Canteen; Turkish Coffee Stout, Marble
  11. Specialty Beer — Campfire S’mores Stout, Bathtub Row
  12. Rye Beer — Canyon Rim Rye, Bathtub Row
  13. Honey Beer — Honey Chamomile Wheat, Nexus (2015 silver); Citrus Buzz, Thirsty Eye
  14. Non-Alcohol Beer
  15. Session Beer
  16. Session IPA
  17. Other Strong Beer — Imperial Cream, Nexus (2017 gold)
  18. Experimental Beer — Strawberry Milkshake IPA, Nexus
  19. Experimental IPA
  20. Experimental Wood-Aged Beer
  21. Historical Beer
  22. Gluten-Free Beer
  23. American-Belgo-Style Ale
  24. American Sour Ale
  25. Fruited American Sour Ale
  26. Brett Beer
  27. Mixed-Culture Brett Beer
  28. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer — Saison de Luxe, Steel Bender
  29. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
  30. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout — Cognac BA Putin, Rio Bravo
  31. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  32. Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer — The Judy, Steel Bender
  33. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
  34. Smoke Beer
  35. Light Lager
  36. American-Style Lager — Andesite Lager, Lava Rock
  37. Contemporary American-Style Lager
  38. American Pilsner
  39. International Lager — La Ref Lager, La Reforma; Pinche Cerveza, Lava Rock; Pepe Loco, Santa Fe; Wooden Teeth, Turtle Mountain (2018 gold)
  40. American Cream Ale — Turquoise Trail Cream Ale, Beer Creek; Cerveza, Marble
  41. Hoppy Lager — Kiwi Lager, Bathtub Row; Italian Pilsner, Ponderosa; Hoperation Hanging Garden, Turtle Mountain
  42. American Amber Lager — Pajarito Red Lager, Bathtub Row; Rod’s Steam Bitter, Second Street (2013 gold/2017 bronze); Forward Standard Cali Common, Turtle Mountain
  43. German-Style Pilsner — Pop’s Pilsner, Canteen; Pilsner, Marble (2017 bronze/2016 bronze/2013 silver/2011 bronze); Agua Fria Pilsner, Second Street
  44. Bohemian-Style Pilsner — High Plains Pilsner, Canteen; Easy Come, Easy Go, Ex Novo
  45. Munich-Style Helles — The Wanderer, Bosque; Helles Awaits, Canteen; She Sells Seashelles, Ex Novo
  46. Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest — Thunder from Dortmunder, Marble (2013 bronze)
  47. Vienna-Style Lager
  48. German-Style Marzen — Oktoberfest, Second Street
  49. German Dark Lager — Maximilian, La Reforma (2020 gold); Dupy’s Dunkel, Marble
  50. International Dark Lager
  51. Bock
  52. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
  53. Golden or Blonde Ale — Pistol Pete’s 1888 Blonde Ale, Bosque (2018 bronze); Blonde Bombshell, Brew Lab 101; Stay Goalden, Ex Novo
  54. German-Style Kolsch
  55. English Ale — Winsor Trail Pale Ale, Second Street
  56. Australian Pale Ale — Riverwalker IPA, Bosque; 7K IPA, Santa Fe
  57. International Pale Ale or New Zealand Pale Ale
  58. English IPA or New Zealand IPA — Southern Hemisphere 2920 IPA, Second Street
  59. American-Style Pale Ale
  60. Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale
  61. American-Style Strong Pale Ale — Threat Level Turquoise, Ex Novo; Zapparado Pale Ale, Second Street
  62. Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale — Resto Hazy Pale Ale, Bosque
  63. American-Style IPA — Scale Tipper, Bosque; NM TRU IPA, Lava Rock; IPA, Marble; Safeword IPA, Marble; IPA, Rio Bravo; El Drac, Thirsty Eye
  64. Juicy or Hazy IPA — Desert Fog, Marble
  65. Imperial IPA — DIPAcabra, Bathtub Row
  66. Juicy or Hazy Imperial IPA
  67. American Amber/Red Ale — Rowe Mesa Red Ale, Beer Creek; Ripsaw Red, Ponderosa; El Ojo Rojo, Thirsty Eye
  68. Strong Red Ale — Red Racer, Beer Creek; Sienna Red, Brew Lab 101
  69. English Mild or Bitter
  70. Extra Special Bitter — Tarantino’s Best Bitter, Marble; Amber, Rio Bravo
  71. Scottish-Style Ale — Wee Heavy, Marble
  72. Irish-Style Red Ale
  73. English-Style Brown Ale — Pecos Brown, Beer Creek; Nut Brown, Santa Fe (1991 bronze)
  74. American-Style Brown Ale — Brown Ale, Second Street (2020 gold)
  75. American-Style Black Ale or American-Style Stout — Black Wedding, Beer Creek; Bruiser the American Pitbull, Thirsty Eye
  76. German Sour Ale
  77. Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse
  78. Contemporary Gose — Pickle Down Economics, Bosque; Rita, Marble
  79. German-Style Altbier — Altbier, Second Street
  80. German Wheat Ale
  81. Belgian-Style Table Beer or Belgian-Style Session Ale
  82. Belgian-Style Ale or French-Style Ale
  83. Belgian-Style Witbier
  84. Classic Saison — Dry-Hopped Saison, Ponderosa
  85. Specialty Saison
  86. Belgian-Style Sour Ale
  87. Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale — Amelia, Steel Bender
  88. Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
  89. Belgian Fruit Beer
  90. Brown Porter — Lockdown Porter, Brew Lab 101
  91. Robust Porter
  92. Stout — Extra Stout, Bathtub Row; Metal Snake, Turtle Mountain
  93. Sweet Stout or Cream Stout — Right Foot Milk Stout, Beer Creek
  94. Oatmeal Stout — Boca Negra Stout, Lava Rock
  95. Imperial Stout — Imperial Stout, Canteen
  96. Scotch Ale — Ludicrous Speed, Brew Lab 101; Sons of Scotland, Ex Novo; Scotch Ale, Nexus
  97. Old Ale or Strong Ale or Barley Wine — Beam Me Up (Higher) Scotty, Nexus
  98. Fresh Hop Beer

Among the breweries that usually compete at GABF (and have won medals in the past) that we did not receive lists from were Boxing Bear, La Cumbre, Quarter Celtic, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Sierra Blanca, Starr Brothers, Toltec, and Tumbleroot.

We send our best wishes to all the breweries that entered into the competition this year. Let’s bring even more gold, silver, and bronze back to New Mexico.

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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