It’s a big honor to compete for the national title of the best IPA beer in the United States, but some Albuquerque breweries won’t be partaking this year after remarks made by the event’s organizer.
“It’s really exciting. We’ve had a lot of national exposure just for our state of New Mexico,” says Leah Black of Marble Brewery.
For years, Marble Brewery and Bosque Brewing Co. have competed on a national stage.
“To be able to be named the best in the country, nationally in this competition, it’s a big deal,” says Justin De La Rosa of Bosque Brewing Co.
The National IPA Championship names the best of the best India Pale Ales across the country. Bosque even won in 2015 and 2016. But this year, neither brewery will be winning any titles.
“It was disappointing this year for us to decide to remove ourselves from the competition,” says Black.
“We couldn’t let our brand represent that sort of misogyny and racist comment,” says De La Rosa.
According to Forbes, last week, co-owner of Brewing NewsBill Metzger, wrote an article laced with racist and misogynistic undertones.
Brewing News puts on the IPA competition. After major backlash from the article, Forbes says Metzger claimed it was satire, but the damage was already done.
“In this day and age, in this climate, to see something like that is so backwards. For somebody to say it was satirical, we don’t buy it,” says Black.
“It’s a complete cop-out. There’s just no two way around saying stuff like that,” says De La Rosa.
Tractor Brewing also dropped out of the competition.
In a statement on Facebook, one of Tractor’s owners says it’s not satire and she will not have her work judged by someone like Metzger.
At the end of the day, these local competitors decided to come together.
“We stand in solidarity with all of our other brewing family that has decided to remove themselves as well,” says Black.
“Even though we have different things going on, we’re all a part of New Mexico’s craft beer scene,” says De La Rosa.
According to Brewing News’s website, the IPA competition has been canceled entirely and Forbes reports that Bill Metzger has resigned from Brewing News.
Both Bosque and Marble say they are waiting to see how the controversy is handled by Brewing News before deciding if they’ll compete next year.