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Colorado’s 2014 GABF Medal Count

In Beer News by Chris

Photo © Brewers Association

Photo © Brewers Association

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!

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Kicking off the 2014 GABF

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.

Photo © Brewers Association

Photo © Brewers Association

Below is a list of all 2014 GABF medal winners from Colorado. Congratulations to all our winners!

CategoryBreweryBeer NameMedal
American-Style Amber LagerAC GoldenColorado Native Amber LagerGold
American-Style Amber LagerAC GoldenColorado Native Golden LagerSilver
American-Style Black AleCannonball Creek Brewing Co.Black IPAGold
American-Style Brown AleUpslope Brewing Co.Upslope Brown AleBronze
American-Style Brown AleTelluride Brewing Co.Face Down BrownGold
American-Style Brown AleDiebolt Brewing Co.Braggarts Brown AleSilver
American-Style Cream AleStation 26 Brewing Co.Colorado Cream AleBronze
American-Style Fruit BeerDry Dock Brewing Co. – North DockApricotBronze
American-Style Fruit BeerCoda Brewing Co.Sleepyhead Passion FruitSilver
American-Style Lager or Light LagerCoors Brewing Co.Coors BanquetBronze
American-Style Lager or Light LagerCoors Brewing Co.Coors LightSilver
American-Style or International-Style PilsenerThe Post Brewing Co.Howdy BeerSilver
Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale AleWit’s End Brewing Co.Jean-Claude Van BlondGold
Belgian-Style Fruit BeerFunkwerksRaspberry ProvincialGold
Bohemian-Style PilsenerLowDown Brewery + KitchenPatio Pounding PilzSilver
Brown PorterLeft Hand Brewing Co.Black Jack PorterSilver
Chocolate BeerOskar Blues BreweryDeath By CoconutSilver
Classic Irish-Style Dry StoutDostal Alley Brewpub & CasinoShaft House StoutSilver
Dortmunder or German-Style OktoberfestThe SandlotMove BackBronze
Dortmunder or German-Style OktoberfestCB & Potts – Highlands RanchThe WeaselGold
English-Style Mild AleDry Dock Brewing Co.S.S. Minnow Mild AleBronze
English-Style Summer AleSka Brewing Co.True Blonde AleGold
Experimental BeerFormer Future Brewing Co.Black Project #1Bronze
Field BeerTrinity Brewing Co.Elektrick CukumbahhBronze
Field BeerRock Bottom Breweries3 Pepper AleSilver
Fresh or Wet Hop AleComrade Brewing Co.Fresh Hop Superpower IPASilver
Fruit Wheat BeerPagosa Brewing & GrillPeachy PeachSilver
German-Style Doppelbock or EisbockAvery Brewing Co.The KaiserSilver
German-Style KolschFATE Brewing Co.Laimas KolschGold
Gluten-Free BeerShine Brewing Co.Liberation Gluten FreeBronze
Gluten-Free BeerBonfire BrewingGlutartSilver
Irish-Style Red AleCrow Hop Brewing Co.‘Rado’s Red AleGold
Munich-Style HellesGordon Biersch Brewery RestaurantGolden ExportGold
Oatmeal StoutSteamworks Brewing Co.Backside StoutBronze
Scotch AleBRU Handbuilt Ales & EatsLochSilver
Smoke BeerLeft Hand Brewing Co.Smokejumper Smoked Imperial PorterSilver
Specialty Honey BeerBlue Moon Brewing Co.Blue Moon Honey Grand CruBronze
Sweet Stout or Cream StoutLeft Hand Brewing Co.Milk StoutSilver
Vienna-Style LagerPlatt Park Brewing Co.GumpsSilver

Click here to view a full, interactive list of all 2015 Great American Beer Festival winners.

Thanks GABF for another fabulous year. We’ll see you in 2015!

Cheers!

Cheers from the 2015 GABF!

Cheers from the 2014 Great American Beer Fest!