New Mexico breweries aim high as the World Beer Cup competition returns

A flashback to 2016 when three brewers were asked to bring their World Beer Cup awards to a group interview. Then-Nexus brewer Kaylynn McKnight and Boxing Bear brewer Justin Hamilton did good. La Cumbre’s Jeff Erway, well, not so much.

The World Beer Cup, a prestigious biennial competition of breweries across the globe, has been kind and cruel to New Mexico breweries in the past.

In 2016, seven breweries brought home seven medals, including gold for Boxing Bear, La Cumbre, and Nexus. In 2018, only Quarter Celtic brought home a medal.

There was much anticipation for the next WBC, which was set to be announced at the conclusion of the annual Craft Brewers Conference, held in San Antonio that year. But, as one could guess from the previous years, the next competition was in 2020, and that was wiped out by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Well, after a four-year gap, the WBC is back, and the results will be announced today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. in an online broadcast from Minneapolis, this year’s host city for the CBC.

We reached out — a little late, admittedly — to the local breweries to see who entered which beers in which categories, thus helping us (and the rest of you) to keep track of when to pay attention to the announced results. Eight breweries responded with their lists, while three (Red Door, Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe Brewing) let us know that they did not submit any beers this year.

  • Brew Lab 101: Honey Brown (13. Honey Beer), Lockdown Porter (79. Brown Porter), Ludicrous Speed (89. Scotch Ale), Blonde Bombshell (90. Golden or Blonde Ale), Sienna Red (98. Strong Red)
  • La Reforma: La Ref Lager (36. International Lager), Maximilian (45. European Dark Lager), Turbia (94. Juicy/Hazy Strong Pale Ale)
  • Nexus: Honey Chamomile Wheat (13), Imperial Cream (17), Bajoran Belgian Single (72), Beam Me Up Scotty (84), Scotch Ale (89), New Mexico Snow Storm IPA (96), Lush Imperial Stout (101)
  • Palmer: Alagrr (36. International Lager)
  • Ponderosa: Italian Pilsner (37. Hoppy Lager), Helles Lager (41. Munich Helles), Ripsaw Red (97. American Amber/Red)
  • Steel Bender: Bigger Boat Barleywine (58. English-style Barleywine), Misfitter Alt (65. German Altbier), Bulldog Best Bitter (76. English Mild or Bitter), Blue Bullet Stout (82. Oatmeal Stout), Red Iron Red (98. Strong Red/Double Hoppy Red)
  • Thirsty Eye: El Drac (93. American Strong Pale Ale), El Ojo Rojo (97. American Amber/Red Ale), Bruise the American Pitbull Stout (100. American Black Ale/Stout)
  • Bathtub Row: RZ’s Honey Wheat (13. Honey Beer), Prometheus Pilsner (36. International Lager), OkTUBerfest (44. Marzen), Munich Dunkel Lager (45. European Dark Lager), Caldera Kolsch (59. German Kolsch)

Past WBC winners like Bosque, Boxing Bear, Canteen (six total medals), La Cumbre (four), Marble (two), Quarter Celtic, and Second Street did not respond by our deadline. We do not know for sure if they are entered again this year, but odds are, their beers will be in there.

We will have full coverage of the awards ceremony later today, and follow along with us on social media as the winners are announced.

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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