Colorado breweries take home 38 medals from 2016 Great American Beer Festival awards

Great American Beer Festival winners from Colorado take home 37 medals.

Great American Beer Fest volunteer Becca Foster. Oct. 6, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Great American Beer Fest volunteer Becca Foster. Oct. 6, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado brewers proved once again Saturday they can hang with the best in the industry, taking home 38 awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

The festival awards bronze, silver and gold medals to the best beers in 96 style categories. The competition included 1,752 breweries and 7,227 beers, according to festival organizers.

Only California took home more medals (68) than Colorado. Denver was the third most awarded city behind Portland, Oregon and San Diego.

Colorado brewers took home 13 gold medals, 16 silver and nine bronze. (An earlier version of our medal count did not include Blue Moon Brewing Co.’s silver medal win.)

Judges award gold medals to world-class beers that accurately exemplify the specified style and display the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

Here’s the list of who took home awards from Colorado:

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4 Noses Brewing Co., Broomfield: Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Spice Beer (36 entries)

14er Brewing Co., Denver: Rocky Mtn Saison, Chili Beer (112 entries)

Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot: Stick’s Pale Ale, American-Style Pale Ale (157 entries)

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden: Solid Gold, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale (61 entries)

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden: Trumps Hands, Session India Pale Ale (118 entries)

Copper Kettle Brewing Co., Denver: Blonde, Other Belgian-Style Ale (31 entries)

Denver Beer Co., Denver: Drama Queen, Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer (66 entries)

Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel, Erie: Tri-Town Brown, English-Style Brown Ale (47 entries)

Echo Brewing Co., Frederick: Kirby, Golden or Blonde Ale (115 entries)

El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen: Valhalla, Historical Beer (43 entries)

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland: Little Red Cap, German-Style Altbier (57 entries)

The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette: Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale, Classic Saison (88 entries)

Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Castle Rock: Warning Sign, German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock (29 entries)

SILVER

Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins: PDA, Belgian-Style Tripel (92 entries)

Blue Moon Brewing Co., Denver: Mango Wheat, Fruit Wheat Beer (84 entries)

Broken Compass Brewing Co., Breckenridge: Ginger American Ale, Herb and Spice Beer (114 entries)

Cerebral Brewing, Denver: Dreamy Thing, Brett Beer (53 entries)

Carver Brewing Co., Durango: Lightner Creek Lager, American-Style Light Lager or German-Style Light Lager (21 entries)

Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery, Ridgway: Ridgway Blonde, English-Style Summer Ale (68 entries)

Coors Brewing Co., Golden: Coors Banquet, American-Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor (34 entries)

Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora: Helles, Munich-Style Helles (84 entries)

Fiction Beer Co., Denver: Alternate Present, German-Style Schwarzbier (47 entries)

Front Range Brewing Co., Lafayette: Piney Ridge Dunkel, European-Style Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel (38 entries)

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs: St. James Irish Red Ale, Irish-Style Red Ale (80 entries)

Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont: Fade to Black, Volume 1, Export Stout (43 entries)

Prost Brewing, Denver: Weissbier, South German-Style Hefeweizen (111 entries)

Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango: Slam Dunkel, German-Style Wheat Ale (33 entries)

Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango: Backside Stout, Oatmeal Stout (61 entries)

Upslope Brewing Co., Boulder: Upslope Brown Ale, American-Style Brown Ale (84 entries)

Bronze

12Degree Brewing, Louisville: Treachery, Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale

Baere Brewing Co., Denver: Saison, Classic Saison (88 entries)

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Boulder: Wild & Crazy Rye, Historical Beer (43 entries)

Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot: Wreak Havoc, Imperial Red Ale (62 entries)

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Fort Collins: Not Brown, English-Style Brown Ale (47 entries)

Coors Brewing Co., Golden: Coors Light, American-Style Light Lager or German-Style Light Lager (21 entries)

Ska Brewing, Durango: Mexican Logger, American-Style or International-Style Pilsner (66 entries)

Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride: Face Down Brown, American-Style Brown Ale (84 entries)

Verboten Brewing, Loveland: Little Nonsense, Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Stout (131 entries)

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