& Colorado Brewers Earn
38 Medals @ GABF


Mike Laur & Rick Mazzola - October 11, 2016
34 Colorado brewers won 38 medals in 33 style categories at this year's Great American Beer Festival competition in Denver. Its' the world's largest commercial beer contest, run for the past 30 years by Boulder-based Brewers Association.

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After honoring thousands of brewers through decades of GABF competitions, the BA's Charlie Papazian finally gets his own gold medal, in a surprise presentation by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
GABF - The Festival - has been going strong for 35 years, and one nagging thing was finally put to rest when Governor (and former brewer) John Hickenlooper fist-bumped and awarded the BA's Charlie Papazian his own well-earned gold medal after three and a half decades of shepherding the GABF to where it is today. Lucky for us, he's kept it here in Colorado all these years. Thanks Charlie!

This year, more beer entries than ever - 7227 beers in 96 total style categories - poured in for judging. Four Colorado brewers - Bootstrap, Cannonball Creek, Coors and Steamworks - earned two medals each. Check out the results below, and study the photos carefully so that when you vista the 34 award winners for yourself, you'll know who to congratulate for making such great beer!

For a complete list of the winners from around the country, check out the GABF website.

Gold
American-Style Pale Ale
Stick's Pale Ale
Bootstrap Brewing Co.
Niwot, CO
Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
Solid Gold
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
Chili Beer
Rocky Mtn Saison
14er Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
Classic Saison
Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale
The Post Brewing Co.
Lafayette, CO
English-Style Brown Ale
Tri-Town Brown
Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel
Erie, CO
German-Style Altbier
Little Red Cap
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Loveland, CO
German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
Warning Sign
Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co.
Castle Rock, CO
Golden or Blonde Ale
Kirby
Echo Brewing Co.
Frederick, CO
Historical Beer
Valhalla
El Rancho Brewing
Evergreen, CO
Other Belgian-Style Ale
Blond
Copper Kettle Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
Pumpkin Spice Beer
Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale
4 Noses Brewing Co.
Broomfield, CO
Session India Pale Ale
Trump Hands
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Drama Queen
Denver Beer Co. - Canworks
Denver, CO


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Bootstrap Brewing in Niwot won two medals at the fest - Gold for Stick's Pale Ale & Bronze for Wreak Havoc.


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2 Gold medals for Cannonball Creek Brewing!


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The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette wins Gold for their Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale, a Classic Saison.


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Echo Brewing in Frederick, and Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel in Erie, took the stage twice for Gold. One for Tri-Town Brown, and the other for Kirby.


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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland takes Gold for their Little Red Cap, a German-Style Altbier.


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Jim Stinson and the crew at Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Co. win Gold for the collaborative brew, Warning Sign - a high-octane Eisbock.


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New brewery El Rancho, in Evergreen, takes home Gold for Valhalla.


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Denver brewery Copper Kettle strikes Gold with their Blond.


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It's Gold for the crew at Denver Beer Co. - Canworks, for their Barrel Aged Drama Queen.

Silver
American-Style Brown Ale
Upslope Brown Ale
Upslope Brewing Co. - Flatiron Park
Boulder, CO
American-Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor
Coors Banquet
Coors Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
American-Style Light Lager or German-Style Light Lager
Lightner Creek Lager
Carver Brewing Co.
Durango, CO
Belgian-Style Tripel
PDA
Black Bottle Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Brett Beer
Dreamy Thing
Cerebral Brewing
Denver, CO
English-Style Summer Ale
Ridgway Blonde
Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery
Ridgway, CO
European-Style Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel
Piney Ridge Dunkel
Front Range Brewing Co.
Lafayette, CO
Volume 1",Export Stout
Fade to Black
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont, CO
Fruit Wheat Beer
Mango Wheat
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
German-Style Schwarzbier
Alternate Present
Fiction Beer Co.
Denver, CO
German-Style Wheat Ale
Slam Dunkel
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Durango, CO
Herb and Spice Beer
Ginger American Ale
Broken Compass Brewing
Breckenridge, CO
Irish-Style Red Ale
St. James Irish Red Ale
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.
Glenwood Springs, CO
Munich-Style Helles
Helles
Dry Dock Brewing Co. - South Dock
Aurora, CO
Oatmeal Stout
Backside Stout
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Durango, CO
South German-Style Hefeweizen
Weissbier
Prost Brewing
Denver, CO


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Upslope Brewing of Flatiron Park, Boulder, happily takes Silver for the namesake Brown Ale.


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Mega-brewer Coors adds to its medal collection with a Silver for Coors Banquet and a Bronze for Coors Light.


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The crew at Black Bottle win Silver for their Belgian-Style Tripel - PDA.


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Tom Hennessy of Colorado Boy takes Silver for his Ridgway Blonde.


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Front Range Brewing of Lafayette looks "pleased in their plaid", happy to have walked away with a Silver for their Piney Ridge Dunkel.


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Lefthand proudly takes stage with a large contingent, accepting Sliver for Fade to Black, Volume 1, an Export Stout.


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Non-fiction at the GABF was good for Fiction Beer Co., in Frederick, providing the brewery a very tangible Silver for Alternate Present, a German-Style Schwarzbier.

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Steamworks Brewing in Durango took the stage twice, receiving a pair of Silver medals.

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St. James Irish Red Ale wins Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. a Silver.

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Dry Dock - South Dock wins Silver for their Helles.

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Prost Brewing in Denver takes Silver for their Weißbier.

Bronze
American-Style Brown Ale
Face Down Brown
Telluride Brewing Co.
Telluride, CO
American-Style Light Lager or German-Style Light Lager
Coors Light
Coors Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
Mexican Logger
SKA Brewing
Durango, CO
Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
Treachery
12Degree Brewing
Louisville, CO
Classic Saison
Saison
Baere Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
English-Style Brown Ale
Not Brown
CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing
Fort Collins, CO
Historical Beer
Wild & Crazy Rye
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery - Boulder
Boulder, CO
Imperial Red Ale
Wreak Havoc
Bootstrap Brewing Co.
Niwot, CO
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Little Nonsense
Verboten Brewing
Loveland, CO


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The large crew from Telluride Brewing accepts a Bronze for Face Down Brown.

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Ska wins for their Mexican Logger.

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12° Brewing in Louisville win for their Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale - Treachery.

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Baere Brewing (& family) win Bronze for their Saison.

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Verboten brought home a Bronze for Little Nonsense, their Barrel Aged Strong Stout.


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