Great American Beer Festival Announces Awards for 23 Colorado Breweries

This past weekend, The Brewers Association awarded 272 medals to 240 breweries at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival. The festival is typically held in Denver – but due to COVID-19, the event took place virtually. Each beer was organized into 91 categories and awarded either a gold, silver or bronze medal. Among the 240 breweries, 23 Colorado-based breweries earned a medal for their beer.

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The festival – which includes beer samples and an elite judge panel – is attended by industry professionals from around the world. The extensive judging process takes place over the course of three days in five separate three-hour segments. From American-Style Pale Ales to Fruit Wheat Beer, here are the breweries that made the cut:

Gold Medal Winners

Volksbier Vienna, American Amber Lager — Wibby Brewing, Longmont
Liliko’i Kepolo, Fruit Wheat Beer — Avery Brewing Co., Boulder
Amburana Dream, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer — Denver Beer Co., Arvada,
Amber’s Lager-Amber Lager, German-style Maerzen — Irwin Brewing Co., Crested Butte
Howitzer Amber, German-style Altbier — Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs
Featherweight pale ale, American-style Pale Ale — Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden
Moon Haze, Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale — Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver
Balefire Irish red, Irish-style Red Ale — Mirror Image Brewing Co., Frederick

Silver Medal Winners

Prost Pils, German-style Pilsener — Prost Brewing Co., Denver
Superpower IPA, American-style Strong Pale Ale — Comrade Brewing Co., Denver
Coconut Bligh’s Barleywine, Field Beer — Dry Dock Brewing Co.-North Dock, Aurora
Dear You, American-Belgian-style Ale — Ratio Beerworks, Denver
Poblano Pills, Chili Beer — Cervecería Colorado, Denver
Seedstock Gratzer, Historical Beer — Seedstock Brewery, Denver
Mirage, American-style Sour Ale — New Terrain Brewing Co., Golden
Déluge, Mixed-Culture Brett Beer — Sanitas Brewing Co., Boulder
It Takes a Tribe red ale, Scottish-style Ale — Goat Patch Brewing Co., Colorado Springs
Amburana Graham Cracker Porter, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer — Denver Beer Co., Denver
Justin’s Easy Going Amber, American-style Amber/Red Ale — Zuni Street Brewing Co., Denver

Bronze Medal Winners

Let’s Talk About Mex, American-style Cream Ale — Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden
Afternoon Delight, Fruit Wheat Beer — Storm Peak Brewing Co., Steamboat Springs,
Dry Stout, Stout — The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette
Powder Run, Herb and Spice Beer — Living the Dream Brewing Co., Littleton
Sour IPA, American-style Sour Ale — New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collin
Inner Light, International Pale Ale — Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co., Denver
Vladimir Brutin, Experimental India Pale Ale — Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden

Click here for more information on other award-winning breweries from across the nation.

Editor’s note: a previous version incorrectly stated the number of craft breweries that won at GABF. We have updated accordingly.