new mexico ipa challenge


V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
Judges paid to taste samples of 10 New Mexico beers, served “blind,” at Chama River Brewing Co. on Saturday.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

ABQ Beer Geek

The 2010 New Mexico IPA Challenge

From 10 breweries and hundreds of judges, one beer emerged victorious

Thanks to my nightly ritual of “adult NyQuil,” also known as beer, I rarely have a hard time sleeping. But the eve of the New Mexico IPA Challenge always brings an uncomfortable night of rest. Mixed with humid weather that left my swamp cooler helpless, the looming challenge had me tossing and turning all night. Last year’s judging in Albuquerque was held at Il Vicino Tap Room, and seating was scarce—most people sat on empty kegs. I was afraid if I didn’t get to this year’s competition early enough, I wouldn’t be able to get my fill of the best IPAs our state has to offer.

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