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by Rick Mazzola
October 17, 2012
More beer. More judges. More awards.

A legion of judges brought their palates to bear at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. A record 4,338 beers were judged in 84 distinct categories. An average of 52 beers were entered in each category, with the perennial, hop-head favorite American-Style IPA leading the suds-ridden pack with 203 entries!

185 judges from 11 countries awarded 254 medals. One can only fathom the palate fatigue.

Colorado brewers walked-off with 35 awards, including 15 gold.

Congratulations to the award winners! All of the Colorado breweries who took home medals can be found below. A full listing can be found at the Brewers Association website.
Gold
Category: 3 Fruit Beer
Dry Dock Apricot Blonde
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Aurora, CO
Category: 11 Specialty Honey Beer
West Bound Braggot
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Category: 16 Indigenous Beer
Got Beer
BJís Restaurant & Brewery
Boulder, CO
Category: 27 Smoke Beer
Bambastic
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Category: 31 Munich-Style Helles
6X Helles
CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery
Fort Collins, CO
Category: 32 Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
Move Back
The SandLot
Denver, CO
Category: 38 European-Style Dunkel
Knight Ryder Munich Dunkel
Equinox Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO
Category: 41 Bock
Butt Head Bock
Tommyknocker Brewery
Idaho Springs, CO
Category: 49 International-Style Pale Ale
River Runners Pale Ale
Eddyline Brewing
Buena Vista, CO
Category: 60 Irish-Style Red Ale
Irish Red
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.
Glenwood Springs, CO
Category: 62 American-Style Brown Ale
Face Down Brown
Telluride Brewing Co.
Telluride, CO
Category: 67 German-Style Wheat Ale
Wildpitch Hefeweizen
The SandLot
Denver, CO
Category: 69 French- and Belgian-Style Saison
Saison
Funkwerks
Fort Collins, CO
Category: 73 Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
Deceit
Funkwerks
Fort Collins, CO
2012 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition
More Fun Blonde
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO
Brewmaster: New Belgium Brewing Company
AHA Member: Jay Shambo
Silver
Category: 17 Gluten-Free Beer
Brown
New Planet Beer Co.
Boulder, CO
Category: 24 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Sentience
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Denver, CO
Category: 58 Extra Special Bitter
The Tower E.S.B.
Bull & Bush Brewery
Denver, CO
Category: 62 American-Style Brown Ale
Upslope Brown Ale
Upslope Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Category: 64 German-Style Altbier
Landís End Amber
Kannah Creek Brewing Co.
Grand Junction, CO
Category: 68 Belgian-Style Witbier
White Rascal
Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Category: 69 French- and Belgian-Style Saison
Saison
Aspen Brewing Co.
Aspen, CO
Category: 79 Sweet Stout
Milk Stout
Rock Bottom Westminster
Westminster, CO
Bronze
Category: 8 Coffee Beer
Big Shot Espresso Stout
Twisted Pine Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO
Category: 15 Fresh Hop Ale
Colorado IPA Nouveau
Tommyknocker Brewery
Idaho Springs, CO
Category: 20 American-Style Brett Ale
TPS Report
Trinity Brewing Co.
Colorado Springs, CO
Category: 23 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
AC Golden Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
Category: 33 American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager
Keystone Light
Coors Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
Category: 56 English-Style Mild Ale
S.S. Minnow Mild Ale
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Aurora, CO
Category: 57 Ordinary or Special Bitter
Sawtooth Ale
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont, CO
Category: 60 Irish-Style Red Ale
Balefire Red
Echo Brewing Co.
Frederick, CO
Category: 61 English-Style Brown Ale
Mollyís Titanic Brown Ale
Rock Bottom Westminster
Westminster, CO
Category: 64 German-Style Altbier
Little Red Cap
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Loveland, CO
Category: 65 German-Style Sour Ale
NBB Love Felix
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO
Category: 84 Barley Wine-Style Ale
Dr. StrangeLove
Strange Brewing Co.
Denver, CO
Photo by Mike Laur © BDG2C
Anxious brewers gather for the 2012 GABF Awards Ceremony. The annual competition is the largest in the world.
Photo by Mike Laur © BDG2C
The Sandlot Brewing crew accepts gold for their Move Back Oktoberfest. They also won gold for their German-Style Wheat, the Wildpitch Hefeweizen.
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