Colorado Wins Big at GABF

GABF medals

The 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) ended a few days ago, and we’re finally back to tell you all about it! While we gather our thoughts and notes to bring you some proper recaps, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate all the Colorado breweries who received a medal at this year’s GABF competition.

The GABF judges showed a lot of love to Colorado, awarding our local breweries a total of 38 medals: 7 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze. Colorado’s biggest winner was Left Hand Brewing Co, who earned three medals. Dry Dock Brewing, Ska Brewing and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse earned a pair of medals each.

Here’s a full list of the Colorado medal winning beers:

Colorado’s GABF Gold Medal Winners

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

Colorado’s Silver Medal Winners

  • GABF silverLone Tree Mexican Lager by Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree, CO) – American-Style Lager or Light Lager
  • Mexican Logger by SKA Brewing (Durango, CO) – American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
  • Via Chicago by CODA Brewing Co (Aurora, CO) – American-Style Strong Pale Ale
  • Whacked Out Wheat by Telluride Brewing Co (Telluride, CO) – American-Style Wheat Beer
  • WeldWerks Hefeweizen by WeldWerks Brewing Co (Greeley, CO) – American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast
  • Statik by Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO) – Barley Wine-Style Ale
  • White Rascal by Avery Brewing Co (Boulder, CO) – Belgian-Style Witbier
    Red Swingline IPA Primitif by Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs, CO) – Brett Beer
  • No Name by Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co (Glenwood Springs, CO) – English-Style Brown Ale
  • Fearless Youth by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland, CO) – European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel
  • Fresh Hop Superpower IPA by Comrade Brewing Co (Denver, CO) – Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
  • Colorado Kölsch by Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango, CO) – German-Style Kölsch
  • Wreak Havoc by Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot, CO) – Imperial Red Ale
  • Wild Wapiti Wheat by Elk Mountain Brewing Co (Parker, CO) – South German-Style Hefeweizen
  • 24 Frames Per Second by Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver, CO) – Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • Atahsaisa by Odd 13 Brewery (Lafayette, CO) – Pro-Am Competition Winner

Colorado’s Bronze Medal Winners

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

Great job Colorado breweries! Way to represent! 

To view all 275 GABF competition winners from all states, visit the GABF Winners page on the Great American Beer Festival website.

Cheers!