NM brewers take home medals at Great American Beer Festival

By   – Managing Editor, Albuquerque Business First

September 24th, 2018 – New Mexico breweries have a lot worth raising a toast to.

Six breweries returned home with medals, including one gold medal, from this year’s Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver over the weekend. Last year, five New Mexico breweries medaled at the annual beer event.

Below are this year’s New Mexico winners:

  • Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. (Rio Rancho): Wooden Teeth — Gold medal, International-Style Pilsener
  • Rowley Farmhouse Ales (Santa Fe): Germophile — Silver medal, Berliner-Style Weisse
  • La Cumbre Brewing Co.: Malpais Stout — Silver medal, Export Stout
  • Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.(Moriarty): Cherry Wheat — Bronze medal, Fruit Wheat Beer
  • Bosque Brewing Co. – Bosque North (Bernalillo): Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale — Bronze medal, Golden or Blonde Ale
  • Starr Brothers Brewing Co.: Lampshade Porter — Bronze medal, Other Strong Beer

New Mexico State University teamed up with Bosque to create Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale, Business First reported last year.

Nearly 62,000 people attended the 37th annual Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer festival in the nation. Throughout the three-day event, more than 800 breweries were on hand with 4,000 types of beers for visitors and judges to sample, according to the Denver Business Journal. This year’s event is expected to generate a $29.3 million economic impact for the Denver area. View the accompanying slideshow from the Denver Business Journal to see photos from the event.

In 2017, New Mexico had 67 craft breweries responsible for producing 116,023 barrels of beer and a $333 million economic impact, according to the Brewers Association.

On Oct. 18, join Business First for our first-ever panel about the business of beer.

And next month, Business First will debut a new and improved version of our bracket-style competition where readers vote on their favorite New Mexico breweries.