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    Homage to New Mexico IPA's

    Two years ago, I transplanted to a dry county in the Panhandle area of Texas. And like most Texans from this area, I frequent New Mexico for Mountain Biking, Fun Activities, and of course Beer. I'm a self proclaimed Hopinista, and connoisseur of finely crafted malt beverages of this nature, and I must say that I am digging on the New Mexico hoppy beers that I have tried.

    On recent visits to town (aka: Clovis, NM), I have been able to source the following: Marble Brewery IPA, and more recently, Santa Fe Brewing Happy Camper IPA. On a recent trip to Santa Fe, my wife and I did a makeshift pub crawl and I was able to sample a number of Single Hop Pale Ale's from Second Street Brewing, and fell all over the Marble Brewery Double IPA. More recently, when passing through Albuquerque, I made it a point to pick up a growler of La Cumbre's Expedition IPA.

    My point is this. There is one hell of a good movement of finely crafted hopped beers in New Mexico. Each one of the beers I tried had such a good floral bouquet of hops. Each had it's own unique malt style as some were clean and crisp and others were more carmel laden or richly malted. What stands out to me is just how well crafted the hopping is, I mean there is obvious attention to lupulin perfection in each of the beers I've tried. I'm not talking about a hop assault like you would find in most WC IPA's that ruin a pallate after the first beer, but more a perfect blend of floral, fruity hop character that allows one to make a session of it. As a homebrewer, and one that was concerned about finding good beer when I moved to BFE Texas, I must say, KEEP IT UP. If you should find yourself in the area, and enjoy a good IPA or Pale, then you must do yourself a favor and seek out some of these Ales.

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    Why dry counties still exist is confusing to me. There is no point.

    Glad you have found some good stuff!
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    I live in Portales and love marble ipa! Probably my favorite beer of all time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottcan View Post
    I live in Portales and love marble ipa! Probably my favorite beer of all time!
    Hah, I'm in Friona, TX. Have you tried the Happy Camper? It comes in a can and is surprisingly drinkable. I think I now prefer it over NB Shift, Ska Modus Hopperandi, and Dales PA for canned Pale.

    Where do you ride? Anything on the NM border side?
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    I like going over to ft stanton. Its a fair drive but its still good. Haystack mountain isn't to bad either by Roswell. I haven't tried that beer, but I will. I'm hooked on ipa's man, and will try everyone I see.

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    PyMcdermott glad to year you are discovering the hidden in the rough gem of New Mexico beer!

    I was born and raised in ABQ, and am back in the 505 several times a year now that I live in CO and no longer CA. Marble, La Cumbre, and Santa Fe are great. Next time your in abq you should check out El Vicino's Cantina tap room (one of my favorites), as well as Tractor Brewing, Nexus, and Chamma River. There is also Succoro Springs (which I have not been to in 5 years, but was great back in the day) as well as Turtle Mountain in Rio Rancho.

    As far as new mexico IPA's, La Cumbre wins IMO. The head brewer there (Jeff Erway) used to brew at Chamma River, where he produced the first IPA I ever loved; "Dangerous Intentions" an 11%+ Triple IPA of wonder that unfortunately no longer exists. He is still making amazing hopped out goodness, and even won the highly competitive category of IPA at the Great American Beer Festival last year. Gave me lots of home town pride.

    There were only a couple good micro options when I moved out of state, but every visit something new and exciting turned up. The beer culture is thriving in my home town/state.

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    Good job!

    Ahh.. New Mexican micobrews, one of my favorite things - although my fav beers are on the dark malty side, I do enjoy a crisp, hoppy Nuevo Mexico IPA from time to time and we're very fortunate to have several excellent ones to choose from:

    La Cumbre Brewing Co, ABQ NM - Elevated IPA
    2011 GABF Gold Winner (out of 160+ entries in the American IPA category)
    2012 World Beer Cup Bronze Winner
    Elevated IPA will be available in cans very soon!!!

    Il Vicino Brewing Co, ABQ NM
    Il Vic (as we in the 'Burque call it) is home of the the winner of the NM IPA Challenge for 3 years in a row. You can get your tickets for the 2012 NM IPA Challenge here, and remember you are the judge - starts July 22.

    Santa Fe Brewing Co, Santa Fe, NM
    Home of Happy Camper IPA a delicious IPA and it has the best can designs ever!

    Marble Brewing Co, ABQ NM
    Marble has some 'rock solid' beer, indeed and it's distributed in several states beyond NM's borders. Marble's IPA and Red are their two most popular brews.

    Tractor Brewing Co, Los Lunas, NM
    Good beer and a GREAT location (a block east of Kelly's on Central). Their IPA is very drinkable and they have a great milk stout. Their motto is "Get Plowed," who wouldn't drink to that?

    If you are ever in ABQ, use my ABQ Beer Map to chart you way to IPA goodness.

    Don't forget to get your tickets and hotel reservation for the 2012 ABQ HOPFEST on 25 Aug at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino!
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    The owner and master brewer of La Cumbre, Jeff Erway, has a blog where he not only posts the usual chit-chat, but also some recipes, and the occasional geeky techinical diatribe; this one is on yeast.
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    Wow, been away from the computer for a few days, but Guerdonian and MTBNate, Thank You for the recommendations, I will definitely try it out. The wife and I have been talking about taking the family to the ABQ for a weekend getaway, so this motivates me even more. My next trip is going to be end of July to Cimarron Canyon, I plan to ride the SBT while I am there, where do I go in Taos for a good beer?
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    Eskes brew pub in Taos. If you go through springer breakfast at the Brown Hotel is a must. Ive been a native New Mexican (not from Eastern NM ) my whole life and the chili they have there is the best I have eaten ANYWHERE and I'm kind of a snob. Cimmaron is awesome my favorite place to fly fish in the state. Lets have a beer sometime!!

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    I'm up in Taos today, actually - attending the grand opening of Taos Mesa Brewing, which is not far from the Rio Grande Gorge.

    Eske's isn't the only brewery in town anymore. Try the Taos Ale House (200 yds north of Michael's Kitchen on the opposite side of Paseo del Pueblo).





    Taos Mesa Brewery has a killer patio view; it faces east towards Taos Ski Mt.

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    Coming to a store near you by Labor Day:

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    ^^ Awesome!!

    Just had some Marble Heff this weekend. We are getting it up here in Fort Collins now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    ^^ Awesome!!

    Just had some Marble Heff this weekend. We are getting it up here in Fort Collins now!
    Marble's Hefe is is pretty good, but La Cumbre's Hefe's Heffe is tops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    Marble's Hefe is is pretty good, but La Cumbre's Hefe's Heffe is tops.
    Yea but I can't get that up here
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    Awesome, so excited to see Marble IPA in a can. Can't wait for my Cimarron Trip and to try more NM beers.
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    I updated my NM Brewery Map and expanded beyond Albuquerque:

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...f4c71b33&msa=0

    <iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=209020156847822542172.0004a3fb7f 02bf4c71b33&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=35.63425,-106.137192&amp;spn=1.662353,1.136991&amp;output=em bed"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=209020156847822542172.0004a3fb7f 02bf4c71b33&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=35.63425,-106.137192&amp;spn=1.662353,1.136991&amp;source=em bed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">New Mexico Brewery Map</a> in a larger map</small>
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    Missing Socorro Springs. That place still open?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Missing Socorro Springs. That place still open?
    I personally havent been there, and I've heard conflicting things; someone said they were closed and someone else said they were open but with a new owner. I have never seen Socorro Springs at any of the Brewfests in ABQ/SFe/Pajarito over the last 3-4 yrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    I personally havent been there, and I've heard conflicting things; someone said they were closed and someone else said they were open but with a new owner. I have never seen Socorro Springs at any of the Brewfests in ABQ/SFe/Pajarito over the last 3-4 yrs.
    I wondered, we went there a lot in college after climbing trips to the box. Was good back then, but i knew they changed owners, and hadn't heard if they were any good any longer.

    2 more breweries in ABQ is sweet though! Looking forward to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    2 more breweries in ABQ is sweet though! Looking forward to that.
    I wouldn't make a special trip on the Westside for Broken Bottle, but if you are in the area.. check it out.

    Plus it isn't too far from the newest location of Lumpy's burgers.
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    BAM, B!TCHEZ!!!
    Git u sum!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    BAM, B!TCHEZ!!!
    Git u sum Elevated IPA in a can.
    Well crap!
    Send me some dammit!!!
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    I'm getting a case, so ur in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Missing Socorro Springs. That place still open?
    They are still open. We were there a few weeks ago. They no longer brew at the site, instead they brew at their "sister" company up in Colorado. More of a restaurant now and the beer is not worth the trip to get IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    I'm getting a case, so ur in
    AWWWWW SNAP SON!!!!!!!!!!
    I will be on that quicker than monkey on a banana. I will be down in Santa Fe in 2 weeks, might have to see if i can find me some.

    Quote Originally Posted by TBarnaby View Post
    They are still open. We were there a few weeks ago. They no longer brew at the site, instead they brew at their "sister" company up in Colorado. More of a restaurant now and the beer is not worth the trip to get IMO.
    Thats a shame, they made some good beer back in the day.
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    Whoa.... a very interesting development... is La Cumbre cementing their position as one of the top breweries in the SW? I think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    AWWWWW SNAP SON!!!!!!!!!!
    I will be on that quicker than monkey on a banana. I will be down in Santa Fe in 2 weeks, might have to see if i can find me some.



    Thats a shame, they made some good beer back in the day.
    It's only available at Jubilation Wines and Kelly's Liquors on Juan Tabo, both in ABQ.
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    Tanks were put in yesterday for the new brewery that will open in Portales.......I get the honor of inspecting the fire suppression system that will be installed. These are the folks to get in good with.

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    Just a heads up on Socorro Springs. I believe most if not all the brewing was moved to Buena Vista in CO at the Eddy Line restaurant. Also they are in the process of putting out some of their beers in cans as well. I used to work at Socorro Springs in college and have kept in touch with one of the brewers. They did make some really good stuff, I just wish my taste was as developed back in college so I could have appreciated it more.

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    Breaking Bad/ABQ Brewery Note:
    Did y'all catch Mike enjoying a bottle of Marble IPA in the the last episode?
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    Available all over the 'Burque:

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    Santa Fe Brewing Co's Black IPA
    Now available

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    Whoa….!!!

    La Cumbre is bottling this GABF award winner.

    Project Dank: Operation Pharaoh’s Return won Bronze at GABF in 2013 (out of 252 entries in the American-style India Pale Ale category). You may remember the brewery from when its Elevated IPA won gold in the category in 2011.


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    Also, ABQ's own Il Vicino Brewery's Exodus IPA scored second place at the 2013 Alpha King competition…

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    ABQ's La Cumbre Brewing Company has two IPAs in the top 12 of Beer Advocate's 50 Most Popular American IPAs - but us Burqueños already knew La Cumbre's beers were all sick.

    Most Popular Beers: American IPA | BeerAdvocate
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    ABQ's La Cumbre Brewing Company has two IPAs in the top 12 of Beer Advocate's 50 Most Popular American IPAs - but us Burqueños already knew La Cumbre's beers were all sick.

    Most Popular Beers: American IPA | BeerAdvocate
    Took long enough! I think it's an issue of distribution - it's hard for the raters to get their hands on the beer and try them side-by-side with their local good stuff.

    I had Elevated and thought it was awesome. I'd definitely buy more cans if they were available locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Took long enough! I think it's an issue of distribution - it's hard for the raters to get their hands on the beer and try them side-by-side with their local good stuff.

    I had Elevated and thought it was awesome. I'd definitely buy more cans if they were available locally.
    Jeff (owner/brewer of La Cumbre) has a blog which is a pretty good read if you are interested in the inner workings of a great brewery:

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    Well, Albuquerque, NM IPAs are the best in the US...

    Brewing News Beer Brackets Championships! 2015 - National IPA Championship 2015

    I dig that 3 out of the 8 final IPAs are all from breweries in New Mexico and the final show down was between Canteen Brew House and Bosque Brewing Co - Bosque was the winner!


    -Bosque Brewing (ABQ)
    -Canteen Brew House (ABQ)
    - La Cumbre (ABQ)

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    /facepalm


    only two beers entered into the Competition were from California.... and only one from San Diego, Oggies Pizza, which IMO is not the best brew pub around.

    Unless more breweries are represented I will take it with a grain of salt. Outside of GABF and World Beer Cup it is hard to really say something is a winner if the competition is no good.....

    I am not knocking the beer, it is probably good.
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    No worries, those Cali beers that didn't show up are probably ok too.
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    I haven't had Bosque's entry, but enjoy the Exodus very much. May have to see if they still have the Scale Tipper on tap. Awesome that NM was so well represented.

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    I went and checked the medal winners for the GABR Category of American IPA for the last few years and La Cumbre was on there twice.

    2011 - Gold Medal for Elevated IPA

    2013 - Bronze for Project Dank: Operation Pharoah's Return


    That is pretty impressive, but there is still a majority of Winners coming from California over the past 5 years, that says a lot IMO.

    GABF Winners - Great American Beer Festival

    2009:
    Gold - Union Jack Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2009
    Silver - Sculpin IPA Ballast Point Brewing Co. San Diego CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2009
    Bronze - Blind Pig IPA Russian River Brewing Co. Santa Rosa CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2009

    2010:
    Gold - Pseudo" IPA Pizza Port - San Clemente San Clemente CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2010

    2012:
    Gold - IPA Tap It Brewing Co. San Luis Obispo CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2012
    Bronze - Duet Alpine Beer Co. Alpine CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2012

    2013:
    Silver - Union Jack Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA American-Style India Pale Ale 2013


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    La Cumbre has more GABF and World Beer Cup medals than that.

    Also, Bosque placed will last year with their Acequia Wet Hop IPA (GABF bronze medal winner)

    Canteen Brew House is far from a slouch in the medal dept as well:
    Canteen Brewhouse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ...and Marble:
    Marble Brewery (Albuquerque, New Mexico) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    That is awesome, when I used to visit NM for work(about 7 years ago) I was not aware of the Scene there and now I wish I had been, I could of tried all these breweries out.
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    The NM beer scene has gotten much better than when you were here. Most of the big players weren't even here then. Being the non-competitive person I am, I am just glad that there are so many good beers almost everywhere....and given our state's record with "awesomeness" glad that we don't rank in the lower quartiles for beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    La Cumbre has more GABF and World Beer Cup medals than that.
    That understatement is real - even as a less hopped beer fan, the Elevated IPA is still mind-blowingly impressive... too bad I'm stuffing every growler I own with their Kolsh in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehllama View Post
    That understatement is real - even as a less hopped beer fan, the Elevated IPA is still mind-blowingly impressive... too bad I'm stuffing every growler I own with their Kolsh in the near future.
    That was a favorite of mine as well.

    It's interesting to note that I live in Germany now, and LC's Kölch (pronounced kinda like "kool-sh") is a pretty good representation of that style.
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