Thirty-one Colorado breweries score medals in GABF 2015

Thirty-one Colorado breweries earned 36 medals Saturday in the Great American Beer Festival competition this weekend in Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, including six gold medals, 15 silver medals and 15 bronze medals.

For the third year in a row, Left Hand Brewing of Longmont took home three medals, including a gold for its Fade to Black Vol. 1 in the Export Stout category. The brewery also earned two bronze medals for Sawtooth in the Ordinary or Special Bitter category and Blackjack Porter in the Brown Porter category. The brewery has now earned a total of 12 medals in the past six years.

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales took bronze in the GABF competition for experimental beer. (Photo by John Frank, Denver Post)

More than 6,600 beers were entered by 1,552 breweries from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, searching for medals in 92 categories covering 145 different beer styles. A total of 275 medals were awarded to 242 breweries across the country, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur brewers paired with professional brewers.

In the Pro-Am category that had 91 entrants, two Colorado breweries brewed medal-winning recipes — Odd13 Brewing out of Lafayette that earned the silver medal for brewing Mike Froehlich’s recipe and FATE Brewing of Boulder for the bronze for brewing Ryan Lotter’s recipe.

Aside from Left Hand’s gold medal, other Colorado gold medal winners were: AC Golden, Coors Brewing Co., Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern, Prost Brewing, Spangalang Brewery and Wiley Roots Brewing Co.

Fort Collins Brewery won the gold for its Oktoberfest at the 2015 Great American Beer Fest. From left is Taylor Krantz, Thomas Barnett,
Vicki Rubinstein and Shaun Salyards. (Courtesy of Fort Collins Brewery).

Spangalang’s win is notable because the brewery in Denver’s Five Points has been open for only three months. The Brewers Association, which puts on the fest, said 38 first-time breweries won awards in the competition. Wiley Root’s gold is also the first for the brewery from Greeley that earned a bronze two years ago after it had just opened.

Also notable are the medals that went to Cannonball Creek Brewing from Golden and Ska Brewing from Durango, which each won bronze medals in extremely competitive categories. Ska Brewing’s Ska Face won in the wood and barrel-aged strong beer category that had 179 entries (the fourth most entered) and Cannonball Creek’s Featherweight Pale Ale placed in the American-Style Pale Ale category that had 160 entries (the fifth most entered).

Here are Colorado’s medal winners, including the name of their beer, the brewery, city and style:

“Ctayt,” AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
“Coors Banquet,” Coors Brewing Co., Golden, American-Style Lager or Light Lager
“Oktoberfest,” Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern, Fort Collins, Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
“Fade to Black, Volume 1,” Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Export Stout
“Weißbier,” Prost Brewing, Denver, South German-Style Hefeweizen
“Spangalang Table Beer,” Spangalang Brewery, Denver, Other Belgian-Style Ale
“Super 77 Wheat.” Wiley Roots Brewing Co., Greeley, American-Style Wheat Beer

“White Rascal,” Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Belgian-Style Witbier
“Wreak Havoc,” Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, Imperial Red Ale
“Statik,” Brewery Rickoli, Wheat Ridge, Barley Wine-Style Ale
“Via Chicago,” CODA Brewing Co., Aurora, American-Style Strong Pale Ale
“Fresh Hop Superpower IPA,” Comrade Brewing Co., Denver, Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
“Wild Wapiti Wheat,” Elk Mountain Brewing Co., Parker, South German-Style Hefeweizen
“No Name,” Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, English-Style Brown Ale
“Fearless Youth,” Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
“Lone Tree Mexican Lager,” Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree, American-Style Lager or Light Lager
“24 Frames Per Second,” Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, Denver, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
“Mexican Logger,” SKA Brewing, Durango, American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
“Colorado Kölsch,” Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, German-Style Kölsch
“Whacked Out Wheat,” Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, American-Style Wheat Beer
“Red Swingline IPA Primitif,” Trinity Brewing, Colorado Springs, Brett Beer
“WeldWerks Hefeweizen,” WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast

“Friar Chuck,” Black Bottle Brewery,Fort Collins, German-Style Kölsch
“Ramjet,” Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Denver, Experimental Beer
“Coconut Porter,” Broken Compass Brewing, Breckenridge, Field Beer
“Featherweight Pale Ale,” Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, American-Style Pale Ale
“Night Watchman,” City Star Brewing, Berthoud, Robust Porter
“King Ink,” Denver Beer Co., Denver, American-Style Black Ale
“Pilsner,” Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, German-Style Pilsener
“Apricot Blonde,” Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, American-Style Fruit Beer
“Snow Drop,” Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, Historical Beer
“Black Jack Porter,” Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Brown Porter
“Sawtooth Ale,” Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Ordinary or Special Bitter
“Altbier,” Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co., Lafayette, German-Style Altbier
“Peacemaker Pilsner,” Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co., Dillon, Bohemian-Style Pilsener
“Ska Face,” SKA Brewing, Durango, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

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