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Colorado Breweries Shine Bright at 2019 GABF Awards Ceremony

Colorado Breweries Shine Bright at 2019 GABF Awards Ceremony

This has been another great year for the home state of the Great American Beer Festival. Colorado breweries took home a whopping 40 medals and two brewery/brewer of the year awards at this year’s GABF. Of the 40 medals, 13 of them were gold medals, 21 silver and six bronze. Without further ado, let’s deep dive into this some of this year’s winners.

Westbound & Down Brewing Co. (Idaho Springs, CO) brought home two silver medals for Double Barrel Louie in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer and Westbound Double IPA in the Imperial India Pale Ale categories. They were also named Mid-Sized Brewpub and Mid-Sized Brewpub Brewer of the Year. Double Barrel Louie was one that they’d undoubtedly put a lot of effort into creating. It’s a Barrel-Aged English Barleywine they aged in port-finished rye whiskey barrels and were then finished in Breckenridge Peach Bourbon Barrels. And yes, it’s as boozy as it sounds, coming in at 11.5% ABV.

Westbound & Down Brewing Co. - GABF 2019 Awards Ceremony
Photo by Stacey McMahan

(READ: 2019 GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at This Year’s Competition)

Comrade Brewing (Denver, CO) brought home two gold medals this year and was named Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year. Comrade won medals for Superpower IPA in the American-Style Strong Pale Ale category and More Dodge Less RAM in the American-Style India Pale Ale category, which had a whopping 342 entries. The American-Style India Pale Ale category is the second-most entered category behind Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category, which had 348 entries. Comrade took Superpower IPA and added an extra round of dry-hopping to create More Dodge Less RAM and received it’s name after a Dodge Ram plowed into the brewery back in October 2016. What a great way to celebrate the three year anniversary of that event, by taking home a gold medal at GABF for the beer’s namesake.

It was no surprise that local favorite, WeldWerks Brewing Co. (Greeley, CO), walked away with two medals this year, for two of their well-known derivations of their flagship, Juicy Bits. The Greeley local took home gold for Extra Extra Juicy Bits in the Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale category and silver for Itsy Bits in the Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale category. Both beers are incredibly outstanding, clean, and refreshing. Not to mention, deliciously hoppy. Extra Extra Juicy Bits is brewed with just about 14 lbs per barrel of Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops. “Despite the ridiculous hop rates (kids, don’t try this at home), this absurdly hopped Double IPA manages to find balance, thanks to the soft, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish contributed by the white wheat malt, flaked oats, and flaked wheat,” shares WeldWerks, “With notes of tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, peach, and grapefruit, Extra Extra Juicy Bits is bursting with so much fruit juice character that it makes you question whether or not actual fruit was added (we assure you, no fruit was added).”

 - GABF 2019 Awards Ceremony
Photo by Stacey McMahan

Other notable wins include Shibbleshabble from Primitive Beer (Longmont, CO) who took home silver in the Experimental Beer category, Lindauer Lager from Wit’s End Brewing Co. (Denver, CO) with a silver in the Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest category, Get The Funk Out by Crooked Stave Artisan Project (Denver, CO) won gold in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category, Grist Maerzen from Grist Brewing Co. (Highlands Ranch, CO) took bronze in the American-Style Amber Lager category, Westfield from Cellar West Artisan Ales (Lafayette, CO) took silver in the Specialty Saison category, and Ice Cutter Kölsch by Joyride Brewing Co. (Edgewater, CO) walked away with a silver in the German-Style Koelsch category.

Here’s a full list of the Colorado winners from the 2019 Great American Beer Festival:

Beer NameBreweryCategoryMedal
Belgian QuadGreen Mountain Beer Co.Aged BeerSilver
Grist MaerzenGrist Brewing Co.American-Style Amber LagerBronze
More Dodge Less RAMComrade Brewing Co.American-Style India Pale AleGold
Superpower IPAComrade Brewing Co.American-Style Strong Pale Ale Gold
Mountain Standard IPAOdell Brewing Co.Australian-Style Pale AleSilver
Pete's StashVail Brewing Co. - Vail Village PilotAustralian-Style Pale AleBronze
JunebugEcho Brewing Co.Belgian- and French-Style AleGold
Séréneté Grand CruBruz BeersBelgian-Style Dark Strong Ale or Belgian-Style QuadrupelSilver
Get the Funk OutCrooked Stave Artisan Beer ProjectBelgian-Style Lambic or Sour AleGold
Fu FighterGood River BeerBelgian-Style Pale Strong AleGold
Way West WitZuni Street Brewing Co.Belgian-Style WitbierGold
MaibockDry Dock Brewing Co. - South DockBockSilver
Lindauer LagerWit's End Brewing Co.Dortmunder or German-Style OktoberfestSilver
Vladimir BrutinCannonball Creek Brewing Co.Emerging India Pale AleSilver
Eclipse Brown AleEquinox BrewingEnglish-Style Brown AleSilver
ShibbleshabblePrimitive BeerExperimental BeerSilver
Hoochie MamaStorm Peak Brewing Co.Fruited American-Style Sour AleSilver
Howitzer AmberRed Leg Brewing Co.German-Style AltbierSilver
Ice Cutter KölschJoyride Brewing Co.German-Style KoelschSilver
Boombastic Hazy IPAHolidaily Brewing Co.Gluten-Free BeerGold
1956 Golden AleBootstrap BrewingGolden or Blonde AleGold
Deck DazeVail Brewing Co. - Vail Village PilotHerb and Spice BeerBronze
A&M Honey BockBJ's Restaurant & Brewery - BoulderHoney BeerGold
Westbound Double IPAWestbound & Down Brewing Co.Imperial India Pale AleSilver
El CornThe Post Brewing Co.International-Style Dark LagerSilver
Upslope Craft LagerUpslope Brewing Co. - Flatiron ParkInternational-Style PilsenerSilver
Balefire Irish RedMirror Image Brewing Co.Irish-Style Red AleSilver
Extra Extra Juicy BitsWeldWerks Brewing Co.Juice or Hazy Imperial India Pale AleGold
Itsy BitsWeldWerks Brewing Co.Juicy or Hazy Pale AleSilver
Lightner Creek LagerCarver Brewing Co.Light LagerBronze
Yonder Mountain StoutVine Street Pub & BreweryOatmeal StoutSilver
Cousin JackDostal Alley Brewpub & CasinoOrdinary or Specialty BitterSilver
Northstar Imperial PorterTwisted Pine Brewing Co.Other Strong BeerGold
Chess with CheckersNew Belgium Brewing Co.Pro-Am CompetitionBronze
Knuckle DraggerDeuces Wild BreweryScotch AleGold
PeacekeeperLaunch Pad BrewerySession BeerBronze
Trump HandsCannonball Creek Brewing Co.Session India Pale AleSilver
WestfieldCellar West Artisan AlesSpecialty SaisonSilver
Amburana DreamDenver Beer Co. - Olde Town ArvadaWood- and Barrel-Aged BeerGold
Double Barrel LouieWestbound & Down Brewing Co.Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong BeerSilver

Feature image courtesy of Stacey McMahan. 

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