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The Crew had just a wee bit of fun at WinterBrew.

After taking Monday off due to the holiday, we are back today with a look at what were the best beers that we tried up at WinterBrew back on Friday. It was another outstanding event, one that every craft beer lover in New Mexico should attend at least once. The sell-out crowd of 700 was a jovial bunch, enjoying the many unique beers being poured from 18 New Mexico breweries.

As for the Crew, well, we all had our favorites. If the others want to chime in here at some point, I will add them to the story. In the interest of not going two weekdays in a row without content, here are a few of my picks for the best of the fest. (Note: Due in part to the Rail Runner arriving in Santa Fe about 10 minutes late and then the decision by security to close all booths 30 minutes before the event was supposed to end, I did not get to all 18 breweries.)

A crowd of 700-plus enjoyed beers from 18 breweries.

La Santa Oscura, Blue Corn: This is a delightful spiced holiday black lager that is still on tap at the brewery in Santa Fe. Flavors of chocolate and cherry mix in with the Chimayo red chile for a nice, warm kick at the end.

Coyote Waits, Bow & Arrow: At last, I got my hands on the barrel-aged version of this imperial mole stout. It is a big, thick beast of a beer, and the barrel effects bring out more and more of the spice, yet it never overwhelms the palate. It is still available at the brewery.

Galactica DIPA, Marble: Apparently this single-hop, double IPA thing is becoming a trend. Even with just Galaxy, this is a complex, wonderfully big beer. It is not yet on tap at any Marble location, so drink up the rest so a handle becomes available.

Sin Barreras, Rowley Farmhouse Ales: Alas, this specialty imperial stout does not appear to be available at the brewery, but everyone can hope for its eventual appearance. Big flavors of coconut and maple left us all wondering, is it a breakfast beer or a dessert beer?

14K IPA, Santa Fe: This one was a bit of a one-off joke, but it still leaves us hopeful for a future edition of an imperial-strength version of the hugely popular 7K. We would also like to thank the SFBC staff for donating a couple of sixers of 7K to our beer fridges.

XX ESB and Breaking Plaid Scotch Ale, Second Street: A pair of big, malty brews from the new Rufina brewhouse caught our eye. The latter is more sweet than peaty, akin to a heftier version of the Scottish at Nexus. The best news, besides being on tap, is that some of the Plaid is being saved for barrel aging.

Dark Engine Stout on cask, Sidetrack: If you have never had any of the cask beers at Sidetrack, now is the time. There is a batch currently available with dark chocolate added to the beer for an even more decadent flavor.

The Judy, Steel Bender: At some point a break was needed from the big malts and hops, so this seemed like a perfect time to try this sweet saison made with peaches and brett, then aged in Chardonnay barrels. There are still a few bottles left for sale at the brewery, so get them fast, as they are quite worth it. Drink this and dream of spring.

2017 Barleywine, Taos Mesa: Our friends from the north came down not with White Walkers, but instead a different beast. It is big, boozy, and not for the faint of heart. On your next ski trip (assuming we ever get snow), make sure to check this one out.

Infinitesimus Imperial Stout, Turtle Mountain: One of the first big beers we tried was this heavy, chocolate-y behemoth. This is more than worth the trip out to Rio Rancho for anyone living on the East Side of Albuquerque. Or the West Side. Or the South Valley. Or, really, anywhere in the state.

We’re pretty sure Karim liked most of the beers he tried.

As for the rest of the Crew, as their thoughts trickle in, I will share them here:

Jerrad: WinterBrew 2018 was certainly a memorable night, perhaps a bit fuzzy after tasting a few of the killer imperial/double styles available. The libations that stood out for me at this event would have to be Bow & Arrow’s Coyote Waits BA Stout, with its smooth touch of spicy heat on oak and dark/roasty malts. On the other end of the spectrum, Bombs Away Brewing Company’s B.A.B.C. IPA was wonderful with its hazy, softer NE-style IPA approach. A few other notable mentions would go to Rowley Farmhouse Ale’s Aromatherapy IPA, Steel Bender Brewing’s The Judy saison, and Rio Bravo Brewing’s Grab ‘Em by the Putin Imperial Russian stout.

Kristin: While I couldn’t try that many beers since I was working the event, I loved Second Street’s Breaking Plaid Scottish. The smooth malty flavor masked its 9.1-percent ABV. This is both a good and bad thing.

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That is all from us. Hope those of you that went enjoyed it as much as we did, while for the rest of you, make sure to get those tickets for 2019!


— Stoutmeister


To everyone that got tickets in time, we will see you Friday night!

The good news is that the beer lineup at WinterBrew looks excellent. The bad news is that the event is sold out. For those who got tickets, well, here ya go, the full slate of beers that have been reported to the Crew.

There are 18 local breweries attending from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Most of the Crew will be taking the Rail Runner north, which departs the Los Ranchos station at approximately 4:41 p.m., dropping us off around 6. If you are going, and want to hang on the train, we will be in the last car.

Anyway, what you really want is a list of the beers being poured. We have 17 of the 18 breweries so far, and will continue to update this as more lists appear in our email inbox. To help everyone out, we are picking the top beer on our list for each brewery, either one we have had before or one we are dying to try. Remember, that’s just our opinion, you are totally free to disagree and drink something else instead.

Blue Corn

Top pick: La Santa Oscura. Luke swears by this holiday-themed dark lager. Cocoa nibs, lactose, cinnamon, and Chimayo red chile add to the fun.

The rest: Blue Corn Mexican Lager, Roadrunner IPA, Oatmeal Stout

Bombs Away

Top pick: Coffee Stout. This one is so new it doesn’t even have an official name, but it could wind up being called Shockwave. Or, we’ll just probably go with delicious.

The rest: Willie Pete Wit, BABC IPA, Bombshell IPL


Top pick: Fresh Start Breakfast Ale. We have sung the praises of this maple-and-coffee delight of a stout many times. This is the last of it, so be prepared to fight us for the last pour.

The rest: (deep breath) Lager, 1888 Blonde Ale, Elephants on Parade, Scotia, IPA, Down in the Hollow Brown, Open Space Haze 120 West and 41 South, Honey Porter, Nathan Ginger Red Ale, Galaxy Far Far Away

Bow & Arrow

Top pick: Coyote Waits. The barrel-aged imperial mole stout is back, with that wonderful kick of spice mixed in.

The rest: Savage Times Sour IPA, Thirsty Land Foraged Series (Grisette with Navajo Tea), Nomadico IPA

Boxing Bear

Top pick: Low Rye-der IPA. Hey, it’s new for us, so we will jump on a new dose of hops with copious amounts of rye mixed in, at least as a break from the big and malty.

The rest: Featherweight Session IPA, Iron Lung Smoked Porter, Uppercut IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout


Top pick: Grunewald Imperial Porter. It has been a while since we have had this behemoth of a beer. The best part is if we like it as much as the last batch, we can always head to the brewery (or taproom) to pick up a bomber to take home. Take note, this and the Titian will not be tapped until after 6:30 p.m.

The rest: Bad Amber, Duchamp, Fiction, Cezanne Magnifique, Dark Ryder, Titian

La Cumbre

Top pick: Business Hammock. Yet another tasty, hazy IPA, this one will make its debut mere hours after another, In the Money, goes on tap and for sale in bombers down at the brewery. Double up on the juice!

The rest: A Slice of Hefen, Malpais Stout, Project Dank, Mind Phoq


Top pick: Galactica DIPA. OK, so apparently the big, hoppy beers are not as rare as we anticipated. That being said, of course we will snag some of this out-of-this-world hop bomb.

The rest: Double White, Pilsner, Imperial Red, Cholo Smooth

Rio Bravo

Top pick: Level 3 IPA. The brewery just redid the recipe for this one, so we are intrigued to see what the staff has created.

The rest: Snakebite IPA, Roadkill Red, La Luz Lager, Pinon Coffee Porter, Grab ‘Em By the Putin, BA Cherry Wheat Cuvee, Lemongrass Wit, plus possibly Cascade Pale Ale and either Blueberry Gose or Ruby’s Ruckus


Top pick: Green Chile Beer. Hmm, bringing the spice from the plains? That’s a bold thing to do in Santa Fe.

The rest: Portales Pale Ale, Clovis Point IPA, Happy Heifer Hefeweizen

Rowley Farmhouse Ales

Top pick: Sin Barreras. The imperial stout is back, this batch made with coconut and maple. It is always a delight.

The rest: Aromatherapy (IPA), Ab Initio Festivus, Cote-d’Or Cerise Redux

Santa Fe

Top pick: 14K IPA. Wait, what is this? A single keg of 7K that has been amped up so much that the brewery staff dubbed it 14K? Sold!

The rest: 7K IPA, Lustgarten, Imperial Pastry-Free Porter, Black IPA 2.0, Freestyle Pilsner

Second Street

Top pick: Breaking Plaid Scotch Ale. The first beer made at Rufina is a malty beast. We look forward to finally getting some in our glasses.

The rest: Cereza Negra, Agua Fria Pils, 2920 IPA, Civil Rye, Low Winter Sun Sour, XX ESB


Top pick: Dark Engine Stout. Yes, there will be a cask of this wonderful elixir. They added dark chocolate and coconut. Hey, ever festival needs a proper dessert beer.

The rest: 3:10 to Belen Brown, Buzz Bomb, Pub Ale, Turntable IPA

Steel Bender

Top pick: The Judy. Snag a bottle pour of this saison, aged in chardonnay barrels with brett and peaches. There are not many bottles left at SBB.

The rest: Red Iron Red, Skull Bucket IPA, Brickie American Stout, Die Dunkel Seite

Taos Mesa

All beers TBA


Top pick: Russian Imperial Stout. Oh, hello there Luna de los Muertos. We have missed you!

The rest: Mustachio Milk Stout, Spiced Cider, Turkey Drool, Delicious Red Apple Cider

Turtle Mountain

Top pick: Infinitesimus Imperial Stout. A big beast of darkness to finish things off (alphabetically speaking).

The rest: Arsenal Porter, SCH, Depravity Barleywine, Count Hellesarius

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A big thanks to the breweries who responded promptly when we asked for their lists. It is always appreciated.

Enjoy the festival!

— Stoutmeister

Folks will be gathering again at the Taos Ski Area for the annual Brewmasters Festival.

The Taos Brewmasters Festival returns for its 22nd edition this Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. As in the past, it will be held at the base of Lift #1 at the Taos Ski Area, inside Tenderfoot Katie’s and the Martini Tree Bar.

This year’s event will feature 10 New Mexico breweries and a long list of out-of-state breweries, most of which will be represented by their distributors. The out-of-state breweries will include Alaskan, Bell’s, Big Sky, Full Sail, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Shiner, and Upslope.

As for the locals, we asked for their beer lists and half of them responded so far. If others add theirs late, we will update this story, as always.

  • Bosque: TBA
  • Dialogue: TBA
  • Eske’s: unavailable
  • La Cumbre: Project Dank, A Slice of Hefen, Malpais Stout, Imperial Red (collab with Taos Mesa)
  • Marble: Double White, IPA, Red Ale, Pilsner, Oatmeal Stout
  • Santa Fe: TBA
  • Steel Bender: The Judy, Red Iron Red, Skull Bucket IPA, Brickie American Stout, Die Dunkel Seite
  • Taos Mesa: TBA
  • Three Rivers: Float the Rivers (American lager), Pineberry (IPA), Coco Negro (Imperial stout with Toasted Coconut), Black Lilly (BBA imperial stout)
  • Tractor: Almanac IPA, Mustachio Milk Stout, NM Lager, Delicious Red Apple Cider

If you feel like getting out of town for a weekend, this is always an event worth attending. The entry fee is $30 at the door and you get a commemorative tasting mug.


— Stoutmeister

Things are looking up around Marble these days.

There were no more hard hats, no more blueprints, no more sawdust piles. After two jam-packed years of expanding two locations and building a third, Marble Brewery settled down and got back to basics in 2017.

“It’s a very weird stage for me these days because I don’t have a dozen projects all happening at once,” Marble president Ted Rice said. “Back in ’16 we were doubling the Westside taproom, building the fermentation hall at 111, building the rooftop deck at 111, and building the Heights taproom and brewery. I got used to that intense pace of work. So now, I’m kind of reorganizing my daily activities. It’s been a little bit of a … it’s almost like I’m not quite sure what to do. I know what to do and I’m doing things, but it’s not the same as working with contractors and suppliers and adding staff members.”

Over a couple weeks, I managed to corral Ted, brewmaster Josh Trujillo, and marketing director Geraldine Lucero for three separate interviews for our Look Back/Look Ahead Series to cover anything and everything relating to Marble in this year gone by and a big 10th anniversary year that lies ahead.

“We’ve got a really good team in place now, front of house and back of house,” Ted said. “I’m looking forward to having a great taproom experiences, solid beer flowing, and new and exciting flavors always on the horizon.”

The fermentation hall has filled up quickly downtown.

Glancing back at 2017, even without the construction projects, it was still a busy year around the three locations.

“2016 was the year of building and 2017 finished filling out the brewery at 111 with fermenters and we’re just finishing commissioning a new keg line as we speak,” Ted said. “So 2017 has been the year of filling inventory for our distributor for New Mexico, NDC (National Distribution Company), and so we did that. We met our goal with NDC for case equivalent depletions. I’m meeting with NDC (this) week to plan for success in 2018.”

With everything in place at the downtown production facility, it has made life easier, though Ted was quick to point out that no one has become complacent.

“We’re never content, but we’re definitely doing better,” he said. “The CFT canning line is just a dream. It’s turning out really high-quality package beer. I love the carton that encloses the six cans. It’s just such a clean face and so much easier than snapping on the other options.

“The layout is far more efficient than what came before. Everyone is enjoying the balanced workload. The production team is working four 10-hour shifts, so they’re enjoying the three-day weekend. The flow is just so much smoother. It’s amazing what things like a loading dock will do for you. Having sufficient BTUs in your chiller to crash your tanks in a timely manner. A lot of those things just flow naturally from that — clarity and carbonation.”

Marble beers are now appearing six-packs, 12-packs, and even 24-packs exclusively at Costco. Distribution is strong throughout the state.

The 10-barrel brewhouse in the Heights has been churning out a huge variety of beers this year.

As for the taprooms, Josh has been churning out seasonal after seasonal, experimental beer after experimental beer, at the Heights taproom/brewery, a.k.a. the MavLab.

“I think things have been great up here,” Josh said. “I’ve had some that were better than others, some that were medal winners, right? So that’s been a lot of fun. I learned a lot about lactobacillus and kettle sours and how they react with fruit. We’ve had this big wave of goses that is still trending. People still want a gose in the winter time despite the (low) alcohol content and the sour properties of it. They like the dark beers, too, but the goses are still selling really well.”

The many, many fruited goses were a big hit this summer.

“He was going really hard on the ‘if you pink it they will drink it train,’ ” Ted added. “Not all of them were pink, but he did explore the world of acidity and fruit. He now has a firm understanding of what works. Now we’re going to start blending those fruits together for new flavors.”

Josh has been enjoying the creative freedom in the Heights, but he has kept tabs on what customers want, frequently stepping out of the brewery to chat with the regulars and newcomers.

“Yeah, man, I try to go talk to everybody at the bar, and be inspired by the feedback and what direction am I asked to go, comparatively on different levels,” he said. “One person is going to have a different idea of what’s good and what direction I should go than the other person. It’s really trying to take a little bit away from every personality and balance the spectrum that I’m producing, try to keep a couple lagers and a couple Belgians and a couple stouts and a couple strong beers.”

The centrifuge downtown has been one of the hardest working pieces of equipment, along with, well, the staff.

Josh still keeps an eye on what is happening at brewery downtown, sometimes just by trying all the main beers off the tap.

“Though I’m not down at the production facility I still do pay close attention to the beers that are on tap,” he said. “I taste them all regularly. For the most part, I think everything is very solid. In the end everything could always use some improvement, I strive for perfection. When you work with agricultural products across the board to produce the beer, they’re always going to have a little bit of a (different) flavor to it. You have to listen to your customer who drinks the three-beer limit in Red Ale or Amber Ale or Double White. You have to taste them regularly. I think overall our house beers are consistent, but still expressive. They’re quaffable, you want to drink two or three of them. Or, mix and match, they blend well, too, from what I understand. People do a lot of blending. That’s good.”

For the most part, Josh said that as Marble has grown, it has also had key people step up in different areas has helped out everyone, as now no one has too much on his or her plate.

“(Brewer) John Heine downtown loves beer and that’s the drive people need,” he said. “Geraldine taking over the events area and being super creative and in tune with what’s happening in the scene.

“I think the bigger you get, the bigger the load gets, and the more you need to spread that (around). I always say that the thing I like most about working with Marble and the team that I have here is the confidence in everybody in their job. Geraldine has super confidence in events and Leah (Black) in the social media and Ted is the driver. … All the people that are driving have a ton of confidence in themselves and how they do their job and that brings a lot of the success. It makes it a lot easier on me.”

Marble marketing director Geraldine Lucero, left, has kept everyone smiling this year, with help from Barbie Gonzalez, the director of taproom operations, and brewmaster Josh Trujillo.

As for Geraldine, she has managed to wrangle the many, many events held at all three Marble locations. From the standard slate of live music acts booked by Gabriel Tafoya, to charitable events and more, 2017 kept her plenty busy. Amid all of it, a few events or series of events in particular stood out.

“I think that the CRAVE dinners were probably may favorite events to put on here at the fermentation hall,” she said. “We worked with amazing chefs from all over town. … Turning a production facility into a dining room is the most fun that I’ve ever had. Our breweries cleaned everything. Just to see the room really transform is awesome. It’s really special to have a beer dinner in the middle of 150-barrel fermenting tanks, where the beer is being made. That was by far my favorite event to be putting on.”

Another series of events that proved to be popular went beyond the traditional karaoke night that many breweries host. Even some of the staff got into it, including a certain packaging line director.

“Other fun events included the Marble Mouth-Off, the lip-sync battle we put on,” Geraldine said. “It’s always funny to see people get up and not be afraid to put themselves out there and entertain a crowd by lip syncing, everyone wants to be a rock star at some point. Getting up on stage at 111 for the finale, we had eight of the winners from eight rounds, they put on such an amazing show. They had such a blast doing it and we had so much fun watching it. I even lip synced for the first one. Nate (Jackson) did every single Mouth-Off, he opened every single show.”

Josh Trujillo, looking the part, claimed gold for his Cholo Stout at GABF.

The strong year for Marble was capped off by two more medals at the Great American Beer Festival in October. Pilsner won its sixth medal overall between GABF and the World Beer Cup, snagging a bronze. The gold-medal winner this year for Marble was a pleasant, if not prophetic surprise.

“It was tradition over the past four years at GABF where before the awards ceremony we go to brunch with our ingredient suppliers,” Ted said. “Part of that tradition of having breakfast with some good friends of ours, we get the day started with tequila shots. It seems to have proven effective, granted everything is decided ahead of time, of course, but it’s fun to think that tradition has an impact. I told Josh at breakfast this year that my fantasy for the day was for him to receive gold for his Cholo (Stout) and go up on stage with his cholo suit on. That fantasy was real, so that was pretty cool.”

More medals are always a good thing.

“We’ve been fortunate to consistently win in recent years,” Ted said. “The Pilsner has won six medals between GABF and World Beer Cup. Walking across the stage for another bronze for Pils, I don’t want to dismiss it, but it’s nice to win for the second time we’ve actually brewed a style. That was only the second time the Cholo was ever produced, but we knew when he first made it that it was a winner and definitely a contender for attention on the shelf and the captivation of the judges’ palates.”

That award for Cholo Stout portends just one of the changes on the horizon for Marble in the coming year.

More distribution and new packaged beers await in 2018

The Red Ale will be joined by its big brother and several more styles in cans in 2018.

Marble already has plans for adding new beers to its packaged lineup while redoing how some past brands are packaged for the new year.

“I was already planning on designing a can for the Cholo before it won at GABF and that just kind of further reaffirmed how much fun it’s going to be to have that hop-forward American stout in a can,” Ted said. “That design has been approved by the TTB. We’re going to release that in early ’18.

“We’re moving our Double IPA and Imperial Red from 22-ounce bottles to 12-ounce cans. You’ll see those on a regular basis starting in 2018 as well. We’re also transitioning the Stout Americano, our coffee stout, from 22 ounces down to 12 ounces. Then we’re working on a gose can package as well.”

So, yeah, Cholo, DIPA, Imperial Red, Americano, and a gose (fruit infusion TBD) are coming to cans. More choices are always a good thing. There are other moves in the works as well.

“We have redesigned our tap handles, so you’ll see those on the market in ’18,” Ted added. “Then some other POS (Point of Sale) items back there, LED signs for on-premise accounts, for all accounts, basically. We’re starting to spend some more money now that we have the capacity to exercise on flexing the brand.”

There will also be expanded distribution beyond the borders of New Mexico.

“We’re going to reassert ourselves in Arizona and we’re assessing a distribution agreement in El Paso, Texas,” Ted said. “And, we’re potentially considering going back up to the front range of Colorado again. We retracted from that market in ’13 when we couldn’t keep up in New Mexico.”

There are already plenty of malt bags ready to become new beers at the MavLab.

Josh is already working hard at determining everything from what gose will be packaged to what new styles will be popping up on tap in 2018.

“Like I said before, I learned a lot about goses,” he said. “I ran out a pretty long, strong experiment across many of fruits. I use the same base for everything and for the most part the same weights to see what fruits are the most expressive and which ones have better underlying characters. Now it’s moving on to blends and really focusing on dialing in perfection on things like passion fruit and the Rita we do every year for Cinco de Mayo. I’m pretty confident in my abilities with lactobacillus now and keeping things clean.”

Fear not, hopheads, Josh has you covered as well.

“(I want to) explore more hops, start ranking in those categories,” he said. “I feel like Marble IPA for me is my favorite, most drinkable IPA, but with some of the categories going in the direction that they are it’s nice to have some specialities on, maybe offer one or two IPAs at different hop rates that people can (taste) and learn from for us as well. I’m looking forward to playing with larger weights of hops and different variety combinations and different combinations of varieties, different grain bills (too).”

Josh said he also hopes to continue doing the beer education/beer pairing classes at the Heights location. A barrel-aged beer and cheese tasting is slated for December 27, with similar events on deck in the new year.

“I love to talk about beer, I could talk about beer all day long, different topics,” Josh said. “It’s fun to educate people that are interested, at least. Offering the classes and the curriculum, the people that are showing up are actually interested in learning not only more about beer, but learning more about themselves and how much they actually know about beer or don’t know about beer. I always take away a little something from those classes as well.”

Those events are not all that is on deck for 2018.

“I like to do a lot of beer-and-food pairing events, those are my favorite,” Geraldine said. “We’re going to bring some more of those up to the Heights and Westside, spread the love a little bit. I think those are such fun and we work with a lot of really talented food trucks and we have good relationships with many of the best chefs in town. We are planning a really fun event in February at the Heights. It will involve a battle of the brewers, also, as well as getting two chefs involved. That’s as much as I can tell you about that.”

The ninth anniversary party was packed. No. 10 is gonna be even bigger. (Photo courtesy of Marble)

The biggest event for Geraldine and her team is upcoming 10th anniversary. Circle April 21 on the old calendar now, because Marble is going all out.

“Ten Year Anniversary, we’ve already started brainstorming amongst the minds here,” she said. “We have a Google (document) that we share and anytime we come up with ideas we put them on there. I can’t give you too much information but I will let you know it will probably be the biggest party Marble has ever thrown downtown.”

For anyone who attended the huge Reviva CD release party this year, where Marble Avenue was closed off between 1st and 2nd Streets, it will be like that, but bigger, Geraldine said.

“In the past, we have done days and days of events, like nine different events for nine years leading up to it,” she said. “We’re going to have some events during the week (before), but our main focus is to do one huge 10-year anniversary party on site. This year we did off-site at the El Rey, but we’re bringing back to Marble.”

The next series of awards and competitions will also be kicking off soon, with the National IPA Challenge right around the corner and then the biennial World Beer Cup after that in April.

“For things like the Pilsner that’s won in the past, competing side-by-side with European breweries, that’s pretty special for me,” Ted said. “As Charlie Papazian says, it’s the most prestigious beer competition in the world, and there’s no arguing with Charlie.

“This year we were really hopeful that our Imperial Red Ale at GABF (would medal), but it didn’t move on. It seemed like the judges just had a totally different flavor in mind. They didn’t really choose any Western examples, it seemed like it was all East Coast examples. Hopefully they’ll get the right set of judges at World Beer Cup and we can reassert our standing in the world of imperial reds.”

The Marble staff is looking forward to more success at awards competitions in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Marble)

Josh said he is certainly looking to build off the gold medal for Cholo Stout and go beyond in 2018. He said that the Pilsner, Imperial Red, Cholo Stout, and a barleywine he has been aging since 2016 will all be entered. Some sort of IPA will likely join them, along with possibly a pale ale.

“We just kind of started an email thread on what we’re going to send to World Beer Cup, which is coming up very, very quickly,” he said. “Now with the second brewery license we are able to enter eight beers. We put a little more thought into it. GABF is not an international competition, so the things we felt we do really well it’s a little bit different.”

A big thanks to Josh, Ted, and Geraldine for taking time out of their busy schedules to sit down and talk. Marble has been the bedrock of craft brewing in Albuquerque for nearly a decade, and all of us in the Crew look forward to what the next decade will bring.


— Stoutmeister