Saturday, October 11, 2008

Colorado brewers earn 2008 GABF medals

The medal winners at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival were announced tonight and the brewers of the state of Colorado finished very well this year. Of the 225 medals that were awarded, Colorado brewers took home 33 of them including 11 Gold, 12 Silver and 10 Bronze. In the Brewery of the Year Awards, Rock Bottom Brewing of Louisville, Colorado won for best Large Brewpub in 2008.

Colorado brewery 2008 GABF winners:

Category 6: Coffee Flavored Beer (28 entries)
Gold: Java the Hut. CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery - Broomfield, CO
Silver: Big Shot Espresso Stout. Twisted Pine Brewing - Boulder, CO

Category 9: Specialty Honey Beer (33 entries)
Bronze: Honey Moon Summer Ale. Blue Moon Brewing Co - Golden, CO

Category 10: Session Beer (33 entries)
Silver: USS Minnow Mild Ale. Dry Dock Brewing - Aurora, CO

Category 11: Other Strong Beer (32 entries)
Gold: Derail Ale. Durango Brewing Co. - Durango, CO

Category 12: Experimental Beer (82 entries)
Silver: Fifteen Avery Anniversary Ale. Avery Brewing Co - Boulder, CO

Category 14: American-Belgo Style Ale (36 entries)
Silver: Brush Fire Ale. Pump House Restaurant & Brewery - Longmont, CO

Category 17: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (79 entries)
Silver: The Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial Stout. Bull & Bush - Denver, CO

Category 21: Smoke-Flavored Beer (31 entries)
Bronze: Second Hand Smoke. The SandLot - Denver, CO

Category 22: International-Style Pilsener (22 entries)
Silver: Yep, Still Boneheads. The SandLot - Denver, CO

Category 24: Bohemian-Style Pilsener (34 entries)
Gold: Pleasantville Pils. Durango Brewing Co - Dugango, CO
Silver: Pallavicini Pilsner. Pug Ryans Brewery - Dillon, CO

Category 25: Munich-Style Helles (30 entries)
Bronze: BS Helles. The SandLot - Denver, CO

Category 25: Dortmunder / German-Style Oktoberfest (16 entries)
Silver: Westy Export. CB & Potts - Broomfield, CO

Category 35: German-Style Schwarzbier (23 entries)
Gold: B3K. Wynkoop Brewing Co - Denver, CO

Category 36: Bock (39 entries)
Gold: Goat Rancher. The SandLot - Denver, CO
Bronze: Butt Head Bock. Tommyknocker Brewery - Idaho Springs, CO

Category 45: American-Style Strong Pale Ale (71 entries)
Gold: Hop Bomp. Rock Bottom Brewing - Louisville, CO

Category 49: Imperial or Double Red Ale (30 entries)
Bronze: Weekender Red Ale. Amicas - Salida, CO

Category 50: Bitter or Pale Mild Ale (42 entries)
Silver: Hopsmith Pale Ale. Bull & Bush - Denver, CO
Bronze: Sawtooth Ale. Left Hand Brewing Co - Longmont, CO

Category 51: Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter (43 entries)
Bronze: Standing Wave Pale Ale. Kannah Creek Brewing Co - Grand Junction, CO

Category 53: Irish-Style Red Ale (31 entries)
Gold: Red Rocks Red Ale. Rock Bottom Brewing - Louisville, CO

Category 54: English-Style Dark Mild Ale or Brown Ale (48 entries)
Gold: Sweet George's Brown. Dillon DAM Brewery - Dillon, CO
Silver: Old Elk Brown Ale. Walnut Brewery - Boulder, CO

Category 57: South German-Style Hefeweizen (52 entries)
Gold: Wixa Weiss. Wynkoop Brewing Co - Denver, CO

Category 59: Belgian-Style Witbier (53 entries)
Gold: Mothership Wit/Organic Wheat Beer. New Belgium Brewing - Fort Collins, CO

Category 64: Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale (44 entries)
Bronze: Golden Armor. CB & Potts - Highlands Ranch, CO

Category 65: Brown Porter (30 entries)
Bronze: Prospector Porter. Tommyknocker Brewery - Idaho Springs, CO

Category 67: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout (19 entries)
Silver: Shaft House Stout. Dostal Aley Brewpub & Casino - Central City, CO

Category 69: American-Style Stout (23 entries)
Gold: Terminal Stout. Rock Bottom Brewing - Louisville, CO

Category 70: Sweet Stout (19 entries)
Silver: Milk Stout. Left Hand Brewing Co - Longmont, CO

Category 72: Imperial Stout (44 entries)
Bronze: Yeti Imperial Stout. Great Divide Brewing Co - Denver, CO

There you have it. Quite an impressive list of Colorado brews and breweries. Congrats to all of the local and out of state winners. For a complete list (PDF form) of all 2008 Great American Beer Festival winners - please visit the Brewers Association website.

Update: Check out the 2009 Colorado GABF Medal Winners!

Related articles:
- Behind the Scenes video at the 2008 GABF.
- Day in the life of a volunteer at the 2008 GABF.
- The people you meet at the GABF.
- 2008 GABF video tasting notes.

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