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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!

Category Brewery Beer Name Medal
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

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 from the 2015 GABF!

Cheers from the 2014 Great American Beer Fest!