Colorado Breweries Win 38 Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

Another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone, and with it our beloved state of Colorado has taken 38 medals including 13 gold medals from 37 breweries total — Lone Tree Brewing based out of Lone Tree, Colorado took home both a gold and silver medal. There were 296 medals awarded at this years event.

Below, find a comprehensive list in alphabetical order of all 38 winners and their winning brews:

  • 105 West Brewing Co. — Castlerock brewery took home silver in the American Wheat-style category for its Lemon Rye.
  • Baere Brewing Co. — Denver-based brewery took home bronze in the Berliner-style Weisse category for its Blackberry Table Sour.
  • Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales — Denver-based brewery took home silver in the Experimental Beer category for its Rosewell: Grudge brew.
  • Breckinridge Brewing Co. (Littleton) — This Littleton brewery took home bronze in the Bock category for its Mountain Series: Maibock.
  • Broken Plough Brewery — Greeley brewery placed bronze in the Herb and Spiced Beer category for its Ale.
  • Bull and Bush Brewery — Denver-based brewery took home a bronze medal in the Wood and Barrel-aged category for its Woody Pils.
  • Cannonball Creek Brewing Co. — This Golden brewery took silver for its Black 28 in the American-style Black Ale category.
  • Cellar West Artisan Ales — This Boulder brewery took silver for its Make Hay in the Specialty Saison category.
  • Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing — The Fort Collins brewery took home gold for its English-style IPA, Punjabi.
  • CO-Brew — Denver brewery placed bronze in the Specialty Saison category for its Farmhouse Saison.
  • Copper Club Brewing — This Fruita brewery placed gold in the American-style Amber/Red category with the F-Town Amber.
  • Dry Dock Brewing Co. (South Dock) — Aurora-based brewery took home silver in the German-style Pilsner category for its Pilsner brew.
  • Elk Mountain Brewing Co. — This Parker based brewery took home bronze in the German-style Koelsch for its Downhill Kolsch.
  • Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. — The Boulder brewery took home gold for its Sweet Stoudt/Cream Stoudt, Oatmeal Milk Stoudt.
  • Funkwerks Inc. — This Fort Collins-based brewery took home gold for its Classic Saison, Saison.
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse — Loveland brewery took home bronze in the German-style Altbier for its Little Red Cap brew.
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing — The Broomfield-based brewery took home bronze for its Hefeweizen in the South German Hefeweizen category.
  • Ironworks Brewery & Pub — Lakewood brewery took home silver in the Historical Beer category for its Hilltopper’s Pride Kentucky Common Ale.
  • Jessup Farm Barrel House — Based out of Fort Collins, this brewery took home gold in the Brett Beer category for its Fancy Pants brew.
  • Launch Pad Brewery — This Aurora-based brewery took home silver for its Peacekeeper beer in the Session Beer category.
  • Loveland Aleworks — based out of Loveland, this brewery took home bronze for its 5th Anniversary Tequila Sour in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category.
  • Little Machine Beer — Denver brewery took home gold in the American-style fruit beer category for its Razz Against the Machine.
  • Lone Tree Brewing — Lone Tree-based brewery took home both gold in the American style Lager/Malt Liquor category for its Mexican Lager and silver in the Imperial Red category for its Hop Zombie brew.
  • New Terrain Brewing — Golden based brewery took home silver in the Belgium-style Witbier category for its Suntrip brew.
  • Odyssey Beerwerks — This Arvada brewery took home silver in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stoudt category for its Woods Monk beer.
  • Our Mutual Friend Brewing — Denver brewery took home silver in the Brett Beer category for its Trystero.
  • Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co. — Dillon-based brewery took home bronze for its Dunkel beer in the Munich-style Dunkel/European-style Dark Lager category.
  • Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co. — This Castlerock brewery took home gold for Wood and Barrel Aged Sour, Plum Creek Sour.
  • SquarePeg Brewerks — Alamosa-based brewery took home gold for the Historical Beer category for its Waverly Tulip brew.
  • The Sandlot Brewery — Denver-based brewery took home gold for the Smoke Beer category for its So Long and thanks for all the (smoked) fish.
  • Twisted Pine Brewing Co. — This Boulder brewery took home silver for its Patio Pounder in the Session India Pale Ale category.
  • WeldWerks Brewing Co. — This Greeley brewery took home gold for the Wood and Barrel-aged Strong Stoudt for its Medianoche beer.
  • Wiley Roots Brewing Co. — Another Greeley-based brewery that took home gold for the Mixed Culture Brett Beer category for its Galaxy Dry Hopped Funk Yo Couch beer.
  • Wibby Brewing — Longmont-based brewery took home silver in the Munich-style Dunkel/European-style Dark Lager category for its Moondoor Dunkel.

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The Best Foodie Things to Do During Labor Day Weekend

CAPITOL HILL — Ring in both the holiday weekend and a birthday celebration at The Tavern Uptown. On Friday, enjoy 15% off all food and beverage while DJ Lo spins some tunes from 8 p.m.; on Saturday, the discount ups to 20% while Richie Allen & The Bad Ideas and DJ Seanboy are on deck. Sunday sees the discount rise to 25% while DJ Tah plays. Round out the birthday weekend on Monday and enjoy 50% off all food and beverage while Dave Roppolo and Richie Allen & The Bad Ideas take care of the music at the all day party. For more information, visit the tavern's website.

SOUTH BROADWAY Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales quietly welcomes STARFIGHTER, a double citrus-powered sour wheat ale, to its keg line-up this Friday, September 2. The must-have beer has yet to be scheduled for bottle release so make sure to stop by around 6 p.m. for a chance to taste the brew. For more information - including the password - concerning the one-time tasting, visit the event page.

BERKELEY — Denver's first and only cat cafe, Denver Cat Company, holds a class for the yogis this Saturday morning, September 3. Come to the cafe at 8:30 a.m. for the feline-friendly morning flow. For $16, take a morning class with instructor Reni and to stick around the cafe after class for a cup of tea. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot online.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE — On Saturday, September 3, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse hosts its second edition of the three-part Colorado Beer Dinner series. The three course dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and pairs dishes like a Scotch quail egg with Loose Leaf Session Ale. The dinner is set on the patio alongside live music and paired with Odell and Fort Collins beers. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 303.796.0100.

WEST COLFAX — On Sunday, WestFax Brewing has three reasons to celebrate: the brewery's six month anniversary, a release of the new barrel aged Casa Roja brew, and a pig roast party courtesy of Mile High Cajun Food Truck. Plates from the mobile restaurant will be available for $15 each while Saddle Road will be on deck with the Bluegrass tunes. To reserve your spot, visit Mile High Cajun's website. For more details, visit the event page.

BRIGHTON — The Annual Palizzi Corn & Chile Festival returns from September 2 to September 5 to give locals a chance to stock up on roasted chiles and vegetables before the snow starts to fall. Stop by on Sunday for live music, bites from local food vendors, a corn eating contest, and fireworks. For each bushel of chile or bag of corn that visitors purchase, their name will be placed in a raffle before the drawing at 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on local vendors and the weekend-long event, visit the event page.

VAIL — Gourmet on Gore, the outdoor culinary, beer, wine, and spirits street showcase, returns for Vail Village for an eleventh Labor Day weekend celebration. Along Gore Creek Drive and International Bridge, taste samples from Vail Valley's best restaurants and bars for free. The event is open to the public from September 2 to September 5. For a schedule and more information about events or vendors, visit the event website.

CENTENNIAL — This weekend, ViewHouse's suburban outpost celebrates its two year anniversary along with Labor Day festivities with a sports, music, and food-filled weekend. From Thursday to Monday, the restaurant will host a patio party, live music performances, and brunch specials. For more details and information about the weekend's celebrations, visit the restaurant's website.

RINO — Stop by The Source on Sunday, September 4 for a charitable brunch benefiting Slow Food Denver at Comida in honor of the cantina's third anniversary. The popular Mexican restaurant will donate a portion of each dish to the movement for clean, fair, and good food. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary "Comosa" mimosa. Finish off your mid-morning meal with a quick stop at Slow Food Denver's weekly farmer's market inside The Source. Slow Sunday starts around 10 a.m.

VAIL — This Monday marks Labor Day and Vail's Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fest at the Little Nell's Ajax Tavern. A part of the tavern's barbecue series, the event features unlimited food and drink and live music. This time around, dig into a variety of oysters from the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts prepared Rocky Mountain-style along with beer-can chicken and barbecue sides. Tickets to the event are $89 and can be purchased online.

BOULDER — Celebrate Labor Day in style at Frasca Food & Wine's weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, the newer members of restaurant's team will select several choice wines for the diners to enjoy. The four-course dinner is $50 per person and optional wine pairings are available for $45-$50 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 303.442.6966.

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The Best Foodie Things to Do During Labor Day Weekend

SOUTH BROADWAY — Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales quietly welcomes STARFIGHTER, a double citrus-powered sour wheat ale, to its keg line-up this Friday, September 2. The must-have beer has yet to be scheduled for bottle release so make sure to stop by around 6 p.m. for a chance to taste the brew. For more information - including the password - concerning the one-time tasting, visit the event page.

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Colorado Scores High at Great American Beer Festival

The Brewer's Association awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for 145 styles of beer during the Great American Beer Festival last weekend. Over 1,5000 beers were entered into the competition.

Colorado fared very well with 31 breweries earning 36 medals, some in extremely competitive categories. Here are the highlights:

  • Cannonball Creek won a bronze medal for its Featherweight Pale Ale in the wildly competitive American-style pale ale category, one with over 160 entries and the fifth-highest entered.
  • One of the most notable Colorado wins was a gold medal to Spangalang, a Five Points brewery that's been open for less than six months, in the Other Belgian-style ale category. The beer, Spangalang Table Beer, beat out hundreds of entries including the bronze medal winning entry from Stone Brewing.
  • Spangalang's neighbor, Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, won its first GABF medal this year- a silver for 24 Frames Per Second in the wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category, beating out Firestone Walker Barrelworks' Sour Opal.
  • In the fresh or wet hop ale category, Comrade won a well-deserved silver medal for its Superpower IPA.
  • Left Hand is a Colorado brewery that consistently places in GABF, this year being no exception. The Longmont brewery took home three medals: gold in the export stout category for Fade to Black, Volume 1, bronze for its Sawtooth Ale in the ordinary or special bitter category, and bronze in the brown porter category for Black Jack Porter.
  • Trinity was awarded a silver medal in the competitive Brett beer category for its beer, Red Swingline IPA Primitif.
  • In the Belgian-style witbier category, Avery won a silver medal for White Rascal, a beer that is constantly being adjusted by its makers. Perhaps the good people at Avery will stick to the current incarnation of the witbier, which fared extremely well in the competition.
  • Fort Collins Brewery took home gold in another highly competitive category, Dortmunder or German-style Oktoberfest for its Oktoberfest.
  • The South German-style hefeweizen category was dominated by Colorado breweries this year. Prost took the gold in the category while Elk Mountain Brewing Company from Parker took silver.
  • Ska was awarded a silver medal in another extremely tough category to place in, American-style or international-style pilsner for it's Mexican Logger. The winner in this category was another Colorado brewery, albeit macro- Coors Banquet took the gold.
  • Denver Beer Co. Canworks won a bronze medal in the American-style black ale category for King Ink.
  • Dry Dock won two coveted medals this year: bronze for the wildly popular Apricot Blonde in the American-style fruit ale category, and bronze for its pilsner in the German-style pilsener category.
  • The German-style kolsch category was also Colorado-dominated, with Durango's Steamworks Brewing Company securing silver for Colorado Kolsch, and Fort Collins' Black Bottle Brewery taking bronze for its Friar Chuck.
  • Brewery Rickoli earned a silver medal in the barley wine-style ale category for its beer, Statik.
  • The American-style wheat beer category was dominated by Colorado breweries. Wiley Roots Brewing Co. from Greeley was awarded a gold medal for its Super 77 Wheat, while Telluride Brewing Co. took home silver for Whacked Out Wheat.
  • CODA earned a silver medal for Via Chicago in the American-style strong pale ale category.
  • Lone Tree's Mexican Lager took home a silver medal in the American-style lager category and Coors was awarded the gold medal in the same category.
  • Greeley's WeldWerks Brewing Co. took home a silver medal for its hefeweizen in the American-style wheat beer with yeast category.
  • Pug Ryan's in Dillon won a bronze medal in the Bohemian-style pilsener category for its Peacemaker Pilsner.
  • Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. earned silver for No Name in the English-style brown ale category.
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse took two medals home this year: silver in the European-style dark dunkel category for Fearless Youth, and bronze in the historical beer category for Snow Drop.
  • Former Future's funky side project, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, won a bronze medal in the wide-ranging experimental beer category for Ramjet.
  • In the vague-ish category of field beer, Breckenridge's Broken Compass Brewing took home a bronze medal for its Coconut Porter.
  • Lafayette's Liquid Mechanics was awarded a bronze medal for its Altbier in the German-style Altbier category.
  • Niwot's Bootstrap Brewing won a silver medal for Wreak Havoc in the imperial red ale category.
  • City Star Brewing in Berthoud took bronze for Night Watchman in the robust porter category.
  • AC Golden took home the coveted gold medal in the wood- and barrel-aged strong stout category for Ctayt.

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