The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is in the books, and soon will be little more than a blurry, beer-filled memory. However before we say goodbye to this year’s festival, we wanted to recap some of the statistics released by the Brewers Association about this year’s GABF, and how Colorado fared in the competition.
The 2014 Great American Beer Festival competition surpassed all previous participation records with 5507 beers judged. The beers submitted were from 1309 different commercial breweries, representing all 50 states plus Washington DC. Medals were given in 90 different categories, with a total of 268 medals being awarded. There were 222 judges from 10 countries responsible for judging all those beers, plus the 89 Pro-Am beers. It was a tough job, but somehow they got it done!
Colorado breweries performed quite well in this year’s competition, taking home a total of 39 medals. The Colorado medal count included 10 gold medals, 18 silver medals and 11 bronze medals. Left Hand Brewing was the Colorado craft brewery that brought home the most overall medals with a total of three. The only state to leave with more medals was California, who won a total of 44.
What may have surprised people not familiar with our great Colorado beer landscape was the outstanding performance of several Colorado brewing newcomers. The breweries who took home a medal in their first GABF competition were: CODA Brewing Co, Comrade Brewing Company, Diebolt Brewing, Former Future Brewing Company, LowDown Brewing + Kitchen, Platt Park Brewing, The Post Brewing Company, and Station 26 Brewing. It says a lot for our beer scene that eight newcomers could be recognized on their first year of competition. Way to go, newbies!
Beyond the normal competition Colorado had a few more wins. AC Golden won the honor of being named Large Brewing Company & Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year. Colorado also had a win in the Pro-Am Competition, where AHA member Daniel Christensen & Kokopelli Beer Company took home a silver medal for their Spencer Pale Ale.
Below is a list of all 2014 GABF medal winners from Colorado. Congratulations to all our winners!
|American-Style Amber Lager||AC Golden||Colorado Native Amber Lager||Gold|
|American-Style Amber Lager||AC Golden||Colorado Native Golden Lager||Silver|
|American-Style Black Ale||Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.||Black IPA||Gold|
|American-Style Brown Ale||Upslope Brewing Co.||Upslope Brown Ale||Bronze|
|American-Style Brown Ale||Telluride Brewing Co.||Face Down Brown||Gold|
|American-Style Brown Ale||Diebolt Brewing Co.||Braggarts Brown Ale||Silver|
|American-Style Cream Ale||Station 26 Brewing Co.||Colorado Cream Ale||Bronze|
|American-Style Fruit Beer||Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock||Apricot||Bronze|
|American-Style Fruit Beer||Coda Brewing Co.||Sleepyhead Passion Fruit||Silver|
|American-Style Lager or Light Lager||Coors Brewing Co.||Coors Banquet||Bronze|
|American-Style Lager or Light Lager||Coors Brewing Co.||Coors Light||Silver|
|American-Style or International-Style Pilsener||The Post Brewing Co.||Howdy Beer||Silver|
|Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale||Wit’s End Brewing Co.||Jean-Claude Van Blond||Gold|
|Belgian-Style Fruit Beer||Funkwerks||Raspberry Provincial||Gold|
|Bohemian-Style Pilsener||LowDown Brewery + Kitchen||Patio Pounding Pilz||Silver|
|Brown Porter||Left Hand Brewing Co.||Black Jack Porter||Silver|
|Chocolate Beer||Oskar Blues Brewery||Death By Coconut||Silver|
|Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout||Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino||Shaft House Stout||Silver|
|Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest||The Sandlot||Move Back||Bronze|
|Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest||CB & Potts – Highlands Ranch||The Weasel||Gold|
|English-Style Mild Ale||Dry Dock Brewing Co.||S.S. Minnow Mild Ale||Bronze|
|English-Style Summer Ale||Ska Brewing Co.||True Blonde Ale||Gold|
|Experimental Beer||Former Future Brewing Co.||Black Project #1||Bronze|
|Field Beer||Trinity Brewing Co.||Elektrick Cukumbahh||Bronze|
|Field Beer||Rock Bottom Breweries||3 Pepper Ale||Silver|
|Fresh or Wet Hop Ale||Comrade Brewing Co.||Fresh Hop Superpower IPA||Silver|
|Fruit Wheat Beer||Pagosa Brewing & Grill||Peachy Peach||Silver|
|German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock||Avery Brewing Co.||The Kaiser||Silver|
|German-Style Kolsch||FATE Brewing Co.||Laimas Kolsch||Gold|
|Gluten-Free Beer||Shine Brewing Co.||Liberation Gluten Free||Bronze|
|Gluten-Free Beer||Bonfire Brewing||Glutart||Silver|
|Irish-Style Red Ale||Crow Hop Brewing Co.||‘Rado’s Red Ale||Gold|
|Munich-Style Helles||Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant||Golden Export||Gold|
|Oatmeal Stout||Steamworks Brewing Co.||Backside Stout||Bronze|
|Scotch Ale||BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats||Loch||Silver|
|Smoke Beer||Left Hand Brewing Co.||Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter||Silver|
|Specialty Honey Beer||Blue Moon Brewing Co.||Blue Moon Honey Grand Cru||Bronze|
|Sweet Stout or Cream Stout||Left Hand Brewing Co.||Milk Stout||Silver|
|Vienna-Style Lager||Platt Park Brewing Co.||Gumps||Silver|
Thanks GABF for another fabulous year. We’ll see you in 2015!