In case you haven’t seen it yet, we wanted to give you a run down on how Colorado did, in terms of winning medals, at the Great American Beer Festival this year (2012). We have some tribute photos for Trinity Brewing here because they won a bronze for their TPS in the American Brett Ale Category, which is one of my favorite categories so I’m really happy for them about this. Also, we should give a shout out to Funkwerks for winning two golds along with Small Brewing Company of the Year!

All in all I count 35 awards, including the Small Brewery of the Year. One of these awards comes from the Pro AM homebrew competition and one comes from the large Coors Brewery for the American Lager category. There are 84 judged categories, so if we are only talking about those and not Small Brewery of the Year or the Prom AM (that’s 33 medals), Colorado took home 13% of all the medals at GABF! Not bad, I’d say. Out of these 33 medals we won 14 golds, 7 silvers, and 12 bronze medals. So 42% of our medals were gold medals. We won 16.6% of all the gold medals at GABF, 8% of all the silvers, and 14% of all the bronze medals. Additionally we placed in 30 different categories, meaning that CO brewers placed in about 36% of all the categories at GABF. Nice work Colorado!

Here’s a run down of which CO brewers won medals:

Category: 3 Fruit Beer, 58 Entries
Gold: Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO
Category: 8 Coffee Beer, 63 Entries
Bronze: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Category: 11 Specialty Honey Beer, 33 Entries
Gold: West Bound Braggot, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Category: 15 Fresh Hop Ale, 34 Entries
Bronze: Colorado IPA Nouveau, Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO
Category: 16 Indigenous Beer, 27 Entries
Gold: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder, Boulder, CO
Category: 17 Gluten-Free Beer, 20 Entries
Silver: Brown, New Planet Beer Co., Boulder, CO
Category: 20 American-Style Brett Ale, 29 Entries
Bronze: TPS Report, Trinity Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO
Category: 23 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout, 65 Entries
Bronze: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Category: 24 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer, 70 Entries
Silver: Sentience, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver, CO
Category: 27 Smoke Beer, 50 Entries
Gold: Bambastic, Fort Collins Brewery, Fort Collins, CO
Category: 31 Munich-Style Helles, 42 Entries
Gold: 6X Helles, CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery – Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
Category: 32 Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest, 23 Entries
Gold: Move Back, The SandLot, Denver, CO
Category: 33 American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager, 51 Entries
Bronze: Keystone Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Category: 38 European-Style Dunkel, 20 Entries
Gold: Knight Ryder Munich Dunkel, Equinox Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
Category: 41 Bock, 33 Entries
Gold: Butt Head Bock, Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO
Category: 49 International-Style Pale Ale, 29 Entries
Gold: River Runners Pale Ale, Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista, CO
Category: 56 English-Style Mild Ale, 31 Entries
Bronze: S.S. Minnow Mild Ale, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO
Category: 57 Ordinary or Special Bitter, 37 Entries
Bronze: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Category: 58 Extra Special Bitter, 53 Entries
Silver: The Tower E.S.B., Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver, CO
Category: 60 Irish-Style Red Ale, 48 Entries
Gold: Irish Red, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO
Bronze: Balefire Red, Echo Brewing Co., Frederick, CO
Category: 61 English-Style Brown Ale, 46 Entries
Bronze: Molly’s Titanic Brown Ale, Rock Bottom Westminster, Westminster, CO
Category: 62 American-Style Brown Ale, 61 Entries
Gold: Face Down Brown, Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO
Silver: Upslope Brown Ale, Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Category: 64 German-Style Altbier, 35 Entries
Bronze: Little Red Cap, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO
Category: 65 German-Style Sour Ale, 29 Entries
Bronze: NBB Love Felix, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
Category: 67 German-Style Wheat Ale, 23 Entries
Gold: Wildpitch Hefeweizen, The SandLot, Denver, CO
Category: 68 Belgian-Style Witbier, 50 Entries
Silver: White Rascal, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Category: 69 French- and Belgian-Style Saison, 68 Entries
Gold: Saison, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO
Silver: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen, CO
Category: 73 Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale, 51 Entries
Gold: Deceit, Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO
Category: 79 Sweet Stout, 32 Entries
Silver: Milk Stout, Rock Bottom Westminster, Westminster, CO
Category: 84 Barley Wine-Style Ale, 51 Entries
Bronze: Dr. StrangeLove, Strange Brewing Co., Denver, CO
2012 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
Gold: More Fun Blonde, New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
Brewmaster: New Belgium Brewing Company, AHA Member: Jay Shambo
Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO

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