GABF 2015 Awards

Mike Laur - September 28, 2015
Do not judge, so that you will not be judged, lest ye judge the beer that is put before you as if it were your very own. Be true, be fair, and for God's sake don't get 'em all mixed up. (The Beer Judges Creed)

For most of the 60,000 or so folks who attend the Great American Beer Festival, it represents one great big series of beer taps, cans and bottles, with more beers to taste in four hours than is physically possible in our normal time-space continuum. This year – according to the Boulder-based Brewers Association who has hosted the event since 1982 –the tasting side of GABF featured 3,800 brews, served up by 750 brewers from all 50 states and the D.of C.

Assuming you started promptly when your tasting session began, you'd have to drink almost 895 one-ounce samples every hour to taste them all before the session's last pour. Of course, at this pace, you'd be passed out or most likely dead long before the first half hour was up. And, of course, that's not the point to GABF. If it's quantity you want, go to Oktoberfest. But if it's quality, variety and great beer's you seek, then GABF might be your kind of place.

His judgement cometh, and that right soon…

For brewers, GABF is something entirely different. It's the Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, Olympics and Grand Slam for Beer - all rolled into one gigantic, mondo-blunt-sized, must-attend event. This year, the BA wrangled 6,738 beers for judging against one another in 92 different beer categories, plus the separate Pro-Am Competition. 242 beer judges from 15 countries bestowed gold, silver and bronze awards to those brews deemed most worthy. Make no mistake: winning at GABF is a big deal, and a gold, silver or bronze award speaks volumes in the brewing community.

It speaks REALLY LOUD in the American IPA category, where 336 entries duked it out for three awards. And there was some mumbling going on in Category 6: Pumpkin Beer, where none of the 56 entries was judged worthy of the gold.

You can check out the winners to your heart's content here, but we've made it easy to ID all the winners from Colorado (the State of Craft Beer) in the handy list below.

Left Hand Brewing topped the Colorado list, with three total awards - one gold, and two bronze.

Odd13 brewers Ryan Scott and Randon Boldt in Lafayette teamed up with American Homebrewers Association member Mike Froelich to win Silver for their Pro-Am beer Atahsaisa (we triple-checked the spelling). Homebrewer Ryan Lotter brewed Citra IPA with the FATE Brewing Company team in Boulder, and took home a Bronze.

Congratulations to all the brewers who won awards at the 2015 GABF!

Be sure to check out the photo coverage, too, so that you can recognize the new awardees when you see them strolling happily down the street and give 'em all a "Way To GO!" handshake, fist-bump, high-five, hug, or wet kiss full on the lips.

Now Get out there and drink some award-winning beer!

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Awards presentation at the Bellco Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center.

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Chalie Papazian waits to greet winners of a Brewery of the Year award.

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

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Avery wins a silver for White Rascal.

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Black Bottle wins a bronze for their Friar Chuck.

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

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Cannonball Creek scores bronze for their Featherweight Pale.

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City Star in Golden wins bronze for the Night Watchman.

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

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Coda accepts a silver for their American-Style Strong Pale Via Chicago.

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Sue Thompson of Coors accepts a gold for Coors Banquet.

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Denver Beer Co. wins bronze for King Ink.

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Dry Dock took home two bronze medals on Saturday. One for their Apricot Blonde, and another for their Pilsner.

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Fort Collins won gold for their Oktoberfest.

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Glenwood Canyon accepts a silver for their No Name English-Style Brown.

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Grimm Brothers wins silver and bronze.

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Grimm Brothers took home medals for their Fearless Youth and Snow Drop.

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Lefthand won three medals at the 2015 GABF.

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A gold for Fade to Black, Volume 1, a bronze for Black Jack Porter, and another bronze for Sawtooth.

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And, the Lefthand contingent continued to grow for each medal accepted!

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Liquid Mechanics wins bronze for their Altbier.

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Lone Tree wins silver for their Mexican Lager.

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Bridgett Geiger, the Lone Tree Sales Manager, receives a high-five for the medal win.

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Prost wins gold for their Weissbier.

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Brewery Rickoli accepts a silver for their Statik Barley Wine.

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Ska accepts a silver for their Mexican Logger Pils. They also won a bronze for the Ska Face - a Barrel-Aged Strong.

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Steamworks, in Durango, wins silver for their Colorado Kölsch.

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Neil Fisher shows off a silver medal won for their Hefeweizen.

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Beer Drinker's try Homebrewer-Brewery collaborations at the AHA Pro-Am pavilion.

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