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Ex Novo Brewing celebrates its first GABF medal across two states

Ex Novo Brewing founder Joel Gregory shows the two ways you can enjoy the gold-medal-winning Perle Haggard Pilsner.

Ex Novo Brewing is unique among local breweries in that it has a twin sister brewery located more than a thousand miles away in Portland, Oregon. During the online-only 2020 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony last week, it was the Portland brewery that was credited for what turned out to be the first medal-winning beer in Ex Novo history, but both locations are sharing in the celebration.

“That was our first GABF medal,” Ex Novo founder Joel Gregory said. “We haven’t entered every year, but most years. Lots of times sitting in that big arena, hoping for it, but never getting it. I usually don’t get too down in that insanely competitive competition. Nobody in their right mind would ever expect to win a medal, but when it happens, it’s pretty sweet.”

Gregory and his wife, plus Corrales head brewer Dave Chichura and other staff members, gathered in the taproom last

Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew

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