Colorado Breweries Win 40 Medals at GABF

The Comrade Brewing Team receiving their award. Photo ©  Brewers Association

The Comrade Brewing Team receiving their award. Photo © Brewers Association

Comrade Brewing and Westbound and Down Brewing Win Top Brewery Awards

By The Thirst Colorado Team

Colorado proved it has what it takes to produce some of the best beer in the nation by posting 40 medals and two additional awards in the 2019 Great American Beer Festival competition.

Breweries from all 50 states competed for 318 medals that were awarded to 283 breweries at the Colorado Convention Center Oct. 5.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” according to Chris Swersey, competition manager for the 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.”

Only seven awards were given in the 2019 Brewery and Brewer of the Year competition and two of Colorado’s breweries were winners: Comrade Brewing Co. in Denver won Small Brewing Company of the Year. Westbound and Down Brewing Co. in Idaho Springs was awarded Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year.

In the Pro Am Competition, which pairs homebrewers with professional brewers, New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins took the bronze with its Chess with Checkers, Belgian- and French-Style Ale, featuring homebrewer Erich Purcell’s recipe.

Photo courtesy Westbound and Down Brewing Co,

Photo courtesy Westbound and Down Brewing Co,

The following are Colorado’s winners listed by category, number of entries, medal, beer name, brewery and location.


Herb and Spice Beer, 119 Entries; Bronze: Deck Daze, Vail Brewing Co., Vail.

Honey Beer, 66 Entries; Gold: A&M Honey Bock, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Boulder.

Session India Pale Ale, 94 Entries; Silver: Trump Hands, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden.

Other Strong Beer, 29 Entries; Gold: Northstar Imperial Porter, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder.

Experimental Beer, 124 Entries; Silver: Shibbleshabble, Primitive Beer, Longmont.

Gluten-Free Beer, 59 Entries; Gold: Boombastic Hazy IPA, Holidaily Brewing Co., Golden.

Fruited American-Style Sour Ale, 215 entries; Silver: Storm Peak Brewing Co., Hoochie Mama, Steamboat Springs.

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer, 66 Entries; Gold: Amburana Dream, Denver Beer Co., Olde Town Arvada.

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer,155 Entries; Silver: Double Barrel Louie, Westbound & Down Brewing Co., Idaho Springs.

Aged Beer, 38 Entries; Silver: Belgian Quad, Green Mountain Beer Co., Lakewood.

International-Style Pilsener, 108 Entries; Silver: Upslope Craft Lager, Upslope Brewing Co., Flatiron Park, Boulder.

Category 39: Light Lager - 90 Entries; Bronze: Lightner Creek Lager, Carver Brewing Co., Durango.

American-Style Amber Lager, 101 Entries; Bronze: Grist Maerzen, Grist Brewing Co., Highlands Ranch.

Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest, 96 Entries; Silver: Lindauer Lager, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver.

International-Style Dark Lager, 31 Entries; Silver: El Corn, The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette.

Bock, 45 Entries; Silver: Maibock, Dry Dock Brewing Co., South Dock, Aurora.

Golden or Blonde Ale,150 Entries; Gold: 1956 Golden Ale, Bootstrap Brewing, Longmont.

German-Style Koelsch, 167 Entries; Silver: Ice Cutter Kölsch, Joyride Brewing Co., Edgewater.

Australian-Style Pale Ale, 61 Entries; Silver: Mountain Standard IPA, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins.

Bronze: Pete’s Stash, Vail Brewing Co., Vail.

Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale, 114 Entries; Silver: Itsy Bits, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley.

American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 131 Entries; Gold: Superpower IPA, Comrade Brewing Co., Denver.

American-Style India Pale Ale, 342 Entries; Gold: More Dodge Less RAM, Comrade Brewing Co., Denver.

Emerging India Pale Ale, 124 Entries; Silver: Vladimir Brutin, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden.

Category 66: Imperial India Pale Ale, 173 Entries; Silver: Westbound Double IPA, Westbound & Down Brewing Co., Idaho Springs.

Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale, 165 Entries; Gold: Extra Extra Juicy Bits, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley.

Ordinary or Special Bitter, 41 Entries; Silver: Cousin Jack, Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino, Central City.

Irish-Style Red Ale, 82 Entries; Silver: Bale re Irish Red, Mirror Image Brewing Co., Frederick.

English-Style Brown Ale, 67 Entries; Silver: Eclipse Brown Ale, Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins.

German-Style Altbier, 64 Entries; Silver: Howitzer Amber, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs.

Belgian-Style Witbier, 94 Entries; Gold: Way West Wit, Zuni Street Brewing Co., Denver.

Specialty Saison, 91 Entries; Silver: West eld, Cellar West Artisan Ales, Lafayette. 

Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 47 Entries; Gold: Junebug, Echo Brewing Co., Erie.

Belgian- and French-Style Ale, 47 Entries; Gold: Junebug, Echo Brewing Co., Erie.

Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale, 44 Entries; Gold: Fu Fighter, Good River Beer, Denver.

Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale or Belgian-Style Quadrupel, 62 Entries; Silver: Séréneté Grand Cru, Bruz Beers, Denver.

Oatmeal Stout, 69 Entries; Silver: Yonder Mountain Stout, Vine Street Pub & Brewery, Denver.

Scotch Ale, 52 Entries; Gold: Knuckle Dragger, Dueces Wild Brewery, Colorado Springs.