Colorado Springs Brings Home Gold and Silver from GABF

A huge congratulations goes out to Red Leg Brewing and Dueces Wild Brewery for bringing home some hardware to Colorado Springs! Red Leg brought home Silver in the German-style Altbier category with their Howitzer Amber and Dueces won Gold for their Knuckle Dragger in the Scotch Ale category!

Red Leg’s Todd Baldwin, Troy Johnson and Brendan Hall with Charlie Papazian celebrating their Silver medal win for Howitzer Amber in the German-style Altbier category. Photo © Brewers Association

Red Leg’s Todd Baldwin, Troy Johnson and Brendan Hall with Charlie Papazian celebrating their Silver medal win for Howitzer Amber in the German-style Altbier category. Photo © Brewers Association

Here’s the press release about all the winners:


DENVER • October 5, 2019 — The finest beers in America were celebrated today as the Brewers Association (BA) awarded 318 medals* to 283 breweries at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in 107 beer categories covering 174 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. 

In the 33rd edition of the most prestigious professional beer competition in the country, judges evaluated 9,497 entries from 2,295 breweries representing all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, along with 113 Pro-Am Competition and 70 Collaboration Competition entries. Judging took place over the course of three days, with awards presented at a ceremony held Saturday morning at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.



“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and we congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”



  • 33rd edition of the GABF competition

  • 9,497 entries plus 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries

  • 2,295 breweries in the competition from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

  • 322 judges from 18 countries 

  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 88

  • Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (348)

  • 283 medal-winning breweries (including Pro-Am and Collaboration)

  • 318 total medals awarded plus three (3) each for Pro-Am and Collaboration

  • 401 first-time GABF entrants

  • 37 first-time GABF winners



The winners of the top five most-entered categories were:                                          


Category 64: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (348 entries)

GOLD: Old Irving Brewing Co., Beezer, Chicago, IL

SILVER: City Lights Brewing Co., Hazy IPA, Milwaukee, WI

BRONZE: Pond Farm Brewing Co., Devil's Gulch, San Rafael, CA


Category 63: American-Style India Pale Ale (342 entries)

GOLD: Comrade Brewing Co., More Dodge Less RAM, Denver, CO

SILVER: Green Cheek Beer Co., Radiant Beauty, Orange, CA

BRONZE: Coronado Brewing Co. - Production Facility, Weekend Vibes IPA, San Diego, CA


Category 25: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale (215 entries)

GOLD: St. Elmo Brewing Co., Roxanne, Austin, TX

SILVER: Storm Peak Brewing Co., Hoochie Mama, Steamboat Springs, CO

BRONZE: Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Sour Blackberry Raspberry, Charleston, SC


Category 43: German-Style Pilsener (183 entries)

GOLD: Blind Owl Brewery, Parliament Drive, Indianapolis, IN

SILVER: Family Business Beer Co., Golden Age Pilsner, Dripping Springs, TX

BRONZE: Hardywood West Creek, Pils, Richmond, VA


Category 66: Imperial India Pale Ale (173 entries)

GOLD: Alvarado Street Brewery, Double Cone, Salinas, CA

SILVER: Westbound & Down Brewing Co., Westbound Double IPA, Idaho Springs, CO

BRONZE: Brew Hub, Sharrow, Lakeland, FL





  • Most medals won by a single (non-group) brewery: 3

    • Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, NM – 3 medals 

      • Bronze – Côte d'Or - Double Cerise, 27: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer

      • Silver – Agent Orange - Apple Brandy Barrel, 31: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

      • Gold – Meier, 80: German-Style Sour Ale



(See criteria here)



Very Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

<1,000 barrels produced in 2018

Brink Brewing Co. – Cincinnati, OH; Brewmaster: Brink Brew Crew


Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by ABS Commercial

1,000 – 14,999 barrels produced in 2018

Comrade Brewing Co. – Denver, CO; Brewmaster: Marks Lanham & David Lin


Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics

15,000 – 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2018

Silver City Brewery – Bremerton, WA; Brewmaster: Silver City Brew Team



Small Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

<750 barrels produced in 2018

Rowley Farmhouse Ales – Santa Fe, NM; Brewmaster: Rowley Farmhouse Ales 


Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group

750 – 1,500 barrels produced in 2018

Westbound & Down Brewing Co. – Idaho Springs, CO; Brewmaster: Westbound & Down Brewery Team


Large Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by The Country Malt Group

Over 1,500 barrels produced in 2018

Vintage Brewing Co. – Madison – Madison, WI; Brewmaster: Drinking Fresh Thinking



Brewery Group of the Year – Sponsored by Live Oak Bank

Over 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2018 or multi-location breweries wishing to compete as a group

Kern River Brewing Co. – Kernville, CA; Brewmaster: KRBC Brew Team



Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group and White Labs


Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs homebrewers with professional brewers, who scale up their award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:


GOLD: IMBĪB Custom Brews – Reno, NV

Distemper, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

Brewmaster: IMBĪB Custom Brews

Homebrewer: Lance Newlin


SILVER: Precarious Beer Project - Beer Hall – Williamsburg, VA

Leicht, Light Lager

Brewmaster: Greg Fleehart

Homebrewer: Joel Miller


BRONZE: New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO

Chess with Checkers, Belgian- and French-Style Ale

Brewmaster: The Employee Owners of New Belgium

Homebrewer: Erich Purcell



Medals were also awarded in the second annual GABF Collaboration Competition, which recognizes the collaborative spirit of the professional craft brewing community.


GOLD: Sun King Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, IN

Getting By on Central Time

Collaboration Brewery: Indiana Brewers Guild Beer Brigade


SILVER: Taft's Brewing Co. – Cincinnati, OH

Are You Pricklish?

Collaboration Brewery: Against the Grain Brewing – Louisville, KY


BRONZE: Public Coast Brewing Co. – Cannon Beach, OR

Willie Big Dog

Collaboration Brewery: Big Dog's Brewing Company – Las Vegas, NV



The 2019 Great American Beer Festival was made possible in part by the generous support of its sponsors.


*Out of a possible 321 medals in 107 beer style categories, 318 were awarded. Gold medals were not given in Category 1, American-Style Wheat Beer, or Category 21, Historical Beer, and a bronze medal was not awarded in Category 65, Emerging India Pale Ale

Ryan Hannigan