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Battle brewing over the state's best IPA

Emily Jaceks
July 18, 2018 10:21 AM

TAOS, N.M. - It's a case of the brews in Taos today. New Mexico finest beers are duking it out for bragging rights as the state's best IPA in the New Mexico IPA Challenge.

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“When we first did this 17 years ago, we had no idea it was going to turn into the massive thing it has. Now it’s on the public's radar, so it's a lot more fun but it can be a little bit contentious, too,” said John Gozigian, Executive Director of the New Mexico Brewer’s Guild.

44 different brews entered the challenge, but after a massive elimination Saturday, the field was narrowed to a little more than a dozen.

The current front-runner is a west coast style IPA from Marble Brewery, but they have some stiff competition.

“A very close second was a New England style IPA from Boxing Bear, which was the two-time champion and defending champion, and the third place, Bow and Arrow,” Gozigian said.

At the end of the day, the public will have the final say, and there are no strict guidelines. It's simply based on what beer drinkers prefer when it comes to things like taste, aroma, and appearance.

“And that's what I think what makes it so interesting and unpredictable. Because it's not about how strictly each of these beers adheres to the style category guidelines. It’s just about what people like the best,” Gozigian said.

If you want to take part in tonight's challenge, it's at Taos Mesa Brewing Taproom until 8 p.m. The final round will be held July 28th at Bosque Brewing's new location in Bernalillo. Tickets are $20.

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