Ponderosa Brewing Co. Garners Top Honors at the 2022 World Beer Cup

Daniella Cressman

New Mexico brewers garnered some serious recognition at this year's 2022 World Beer Cup, which is quite the honor, especially when you consider just how fierce the competition is!

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This year’s World Beer Cup competition drew 10,542 beer entries from 2,493 breweries located in 57 countries. There were 103 beer style categories judged by 226 judges from 28 countries. The Brewers Association developed the competition in 1996. —Rozanna M. Martinez

PONDEROSA BREWING CO.

Ponderosa Brewing Co. took home the gold for its Italian Pilsner!

“Winning a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for my Italian Pilsner is an honor as well as a humbling experience,” said Antonio Fernandez, head brewer at Ponderosa Brewing Co. “The WBC is like the Olympics of beer for brewers, only held every two years and open to the whole world. To bring home the only gold to New Mexico, a state full of world-class breweries and brewers is something I never expected to happen, especially just a few months after winning a gold medal for the same beer at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival...To me the thing that makes it even more special is that it is a lager, what most brewers I know, including myself, to be the most difficult style to brew to a high standard, and I believe it to be the pinnacle of o ur art and craft." —Antonio Fernandez

In fact, no less than 5 New Mexico breweries were awarded this year: Nexus Brewery received the silver medal for its Beam Me Up (Higher), Ex Novo Brewing Co. in Corrales won a silver medal for its V for Vienna, Marble Brewery took home the bronze for its IPA-X, and Santa Fe's Second Street Brewery won the bronze for its Brown Ale!

All in all, it's been a great year for New Mexico brewers, and the beers around here are truly phenomenal, especially on a hot summer's day!

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