7 Albuquerque Breweries You Didn't Know are Internationally Awarded

Our nation is riding on the wave of a craft beer boom and with more microbreweries per capita than Portland, Albuquerque is quickly emerging toward the front of the pack in the American craft beer foot race. From stouts, to IPA's, to pilsners, our city is receiving big nods from some of the most prestigious and competitive events in the world, including the those determined by blind tasting from the general public. Even the Wall Street Journal mentions Albuquerque's own La Cumbre Brewing in the opening paragraph of their article "Where the Beers Are: A Regional Guide to U.S. Craft Beers". Not to mention, New Mexican IPAs have won the National IPA Challenge for FOUR YEARS IN A ROW.

With a little help from New Mexico Dark Side Brew Crew's Beer Aficionado Christopher Jackson, we're revealing a refreshing list of 7 Albuquerque breweries that have won national and even international medals.


La Cumbre

La Cumbre 

  • Gold - International-style Lager; BEER (World Beer Cup 2016, GABF 2011) 
  • Gold - American-Style IPA; Elevated IPA (GABF 2011, Bronze-GABF 2012)
  • Silver - Foreign-Style Stout; Malpais Stout (World Beer Cup 2012, Silver-GABF 2011)
  • Bronze - American-Style IPA; Project Dank: Operation Pharoah's Return (GABF 2013)
  • Winner of National IPA Challenge; Project Dank IPA (2014)
Marble   Marble
  • Small Brewery of the Year (GABF 2014)
  • Gold - Kellerbier or Zwickelbier; Pilsner (World Beer Cup 2016)
  • Gold - Other Strong Beer; Double White (GABF 2014)
  • Silver - German-Style Pilsner; Pilsner (GABF 2013) 
  • Silver - Imperial Red Ale; Imperial Red (GABF 2012)
  • Bronze - German-Style Oktoberfest; Thunder from Dortmunder (GABF 2013)
Canteen   Canteen/Il Vicino 
  • Gold - American-Style Brown Ale; Slow Down Brown (World Beer Cup 1996)
  • Gold - Irish-Style Red Ale; Irish Red (World Beer Cup 2002)
  • Gold - Coffee Beer; Panama Joe's Coffee Stout (GABF 2013, Silver-World Beer Cup 2014)
  • Gold - American-Style Amber/Red Ale; Dougie-Style Amber Ale (GABF 2014) 
  • Silver - Bohemiam-Style Pilsner; High Plains Pils (World Beer Cup 2016)
  • Silver - American Brown Ale; Tenderfoot Brown Ale (GABF 1996)
Chama River  Chama
  • Gold - German-Style Kolsch; Atomic Blonde (GABF 2003)
  • Gold - Rye Beer; Rye On (GABF 2004)
  • Gold - Baltic-Style Porter; 3 Dog Night (GABF 2010)
  • Silver - Baltic-Style Porter; 3 Dog Night (World Beer Cup 2008 and 2010)
  • Silver - Oatmeal Stout; Sleeping Dog Stout (World Beer Cup 2008)
Bosque   Bosque
  • Gold - Fresh or Wet Hop Ale; Acacia IPA (GABF 2015, Silver 2016)
  • Bronze - International-Style Pale Ale; Bosque IPA (World Beer Cup 2016)
  • Silver - German-Style Pilsener; Bosque Lager (GABF 2016)
  • Winner of National IPA Challenge; Scale Tipper IPA (2015, 2016)
Boxing Bear   Boxing Bear
  • Mid-Sized Brewpub of the Year (GABF 2016)
  • Gold - Sweet-stout or Cream-stout; Chocolate Milk Stout (GABF and World Beer Cup 2016)
  • Gold - Double Red Ale; The Red Glove (GABF 2016, Silver 2015)
 Nexus  Nexus
  • Gold - Honey Beer; Honey Chamomile Wheat (World Beer Cup 2016, Silver-GABF 2015)
  • Silver - Other Strong Beer; Imperial Cream Ale (World Beer Cup 2012)


In case it hasn't hit you yet, your next Beer-cation destination has already been decided. This is what we've been training for, people. Albuquerque is ready for you!

Special thanks to New Mexico Dark Side Brew Crew for listed award information. Visit their website and subscribe to their newsletter for updated ABQ Brew News! 

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