Photos - Neill Pieper
By Joe Ross
Lone Tree Brewing Co. continued to show its brewing mettle, winning gold and silver in the Great American Beer Festival competition over the weekend. With high praise and more beer choices than ever, the 2017 GABF jumped into the record books with a load of mind-blowing results, especially from Colorado.
The 38th state was awarded 38 medals, the second most of any state in the competition. Medal winning is never taken lightly at a competition in which each category includes an average of 81 competitors. California, which has nearly twice as many breweries as Colorado, took home the most medals at 56.
Nationwide, 2,217 breweries faced off for 293 medals.
Lone Tree won gold for its Mexican Lager and silver for its Hop Zombie, an imperial red ale.
Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada earned a silver medal in the highly competitive “Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer” category with its Woods Monk. There were 175 competitors to fend off.
The most crowded category, as it has been for 15 years, was the American Style IPA, where 408 entries competed for medals.
The full list of GABF winners is found here. Colorado winners below.
Although growth in the craft brewing industry has slowed, it’s still going strong, according to Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association that is based in Boulder. During a pre-GABF brunch hosted by Samuel Adams last week, Pease said although “big beer,” such as A-B InBev based in Belgium, has taken over some craft breweries, most are moving forward with gusto. And, craft breweries use mostly local ingredients and provide jobs in local communities. Brewers Association economist Bart Watson pointed out that farmers grew a record number of hops in the U.S. last year. All of this adds up to a growing interest in the craft scene and the annual festival.
The GABF competition also saw Colorado steal the show in the Pro-Am Competition, in which homebrewers work with breweries to “scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes,” the Brewers Association reports.
The winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association member homebrewers were:
- Gold: Just Another Pretty Face, Denver Beer Co. Brewmaster: Jason Buehler and Denver Beer Company Brewing team; Homebrewer: Doug Thiel
- Silver: Lichtenhainer, Black Bottle Brewery. Brewmaster: Black Bottle Scuba Squad; Homebrewer: Daniel Tomkins
- Bronze: Eluxansis, Odell Brewing Co. Brewmaster: Odell Brew Team; Homebrewer: Mark Boelman
Following are a few other Brewers Association stats from the competition:
- 266 medal-winning breweries
- 293 total medals awarded
- 7,923 beers judged (not including 118 Pro-Am competition entries)
- 98 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
Overall, 60,000 people attended, as has been the case for the past several years. More than 4,300 volunteers helped make the festival fun for attendees.
Colorado Medal Winners
Sorted by - Medal, Beer Name, Brewery, City, Category
Gold - F-Town Amber - Copper Club Brewing Co., Fruita - American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Silver - Black 28 - Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden - American-Style Black Ale
Gold - Razz Against the Machine - Little Machine, Denver - American-Style Fruit Beer
Gold - Mexican Lager - Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree - American-Style Lager or Malt Liquor
Silver - Lemon Rye - 105 West Brewing Co., Castle Rock - American-Style Wheat Beer
Silver - Suntrip - New Terrain Brewing Co., Golden - Belgian-Style Witbier
Bronze - Blackberry Table Sour - Baere Brewing Co., Denver - Berliner-Style Weisse
Bronze - Mountain Series: Maibock - Breckenridge Brewery, Littleton - Bock
Gold - Fancy Pants - Jessup Farm Barrel House, Fort Collins - Brett Beer
Silver - Saison Trystero - Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Denver - Brett Beer
Gold - Saison - Funkwerks, Fort Collins - Classic Saison
Gold - Punjabi - CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing - Fort Collins - English-Style India Pale Ale
Silver - Roswell: Grudge - Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Denver - Experimental Beer
Bronze - Little Red Cap - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland - German-Style Altbier
Bronze - Downhill Kölsch - Elk Mountain Brewing Co., Parker - German-Style Koelsch
Silver - Pilsner - Dry Dock Brewing Co. - South Dock, Aurora - German-Style Pilsener
Bronze - India Spring Honey Cream Ale - Broken Plow Brewery, Greeley - Herb and Spice Beer
Gold - Waverly Tulip - Square Peg Brewerks, Alamosa - Historical Beer
Silver - Hilltopper's Pride Kentucky Common Ale - Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Lakewood - Historical Beer
Silver - Hop Zombie - Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree - Imperial Red Ale
Gold - Galaxy Dry Hopped Funk Yo Couch - Wiley Roots Brewing Co., Greeley - Mixed-Culture Brett Beer
Silver - Moondoor Dunkel - Wibby Brewing, Longmont - Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager
Bronze - Dunkel - Pug Ryan's Brewing Co., Dillon - Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager
Gold - Just Another Pretty Face - Denver Beer Co., Denver - Pro-Am
Silver - Lichtenhainer - Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins - Pro-Am
Bronze - Eluxansis - Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins - Pro-Am
Silver - Peacekeeper - Launch Pad Brewery, Aurora - Session Beer
Silver - Patio Pounder - Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder - Session India Pale Ale
Gold - So long and thank's for all the (smoked) fish! - The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field, Denver - Smoke Beer
Gold - Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Navy Yard, Broomfield -South German-Style Hefeweizen
Silver - Make Hay - Cellar West Artisan Ales, Boulder - Specialty Saison
Bronze - Farmhouse Saison - CO-Brew, Denver - Specialty Saison
Gold -Oatmeal Milk Stout -Finkel & Garf Brewing Co., Boulder - Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Bronze - Woody Pils - Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Gold - Plum Creek Sour - Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Castle Rock - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Bronze - 5th Anniversary Tequila Sour - Loveland Aleworks, Loveland - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Silver - Woods Monk - Odyssey Beerwerks, Arvada - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Gold - Medianoche - WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley - Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout