Nice American Beer Pageant attendees clink glasses exterior Upslope Brewing Co.’s sales space through the competition on the Colorado Conference Middle. Pictured with glasses in hand from left to proper are Austin Grissom, David Kolodziej, Daniel Currens, Al Panicucci and Al’s spouse Kathy Panicucci. (Andy Colwell, Particular to The Denver Submit)
by Alicia Wallace, The Know
Colorado’s craft brewing business left the 2017 Nice American Beer Pageant well-decorated, flexing its muscular tissues throughout an assortment of beer-style classes.
The state’s breweries gained 38 medals — together with 14 golds and three medals within the Professional-Am competitors — at this 12 months’s GABF. The biggest industrial beer competitors on the earth drew eight,100 entries from 2,290 breweries and doled out awards in 98 classes representing 160 completely different beer kinds.
Colorado swept the separate Professional-Am competitors, during which skilled and novice brewers are paired. Homebrewer Doug Thiel and Denver Beer Co. brewmaster Jason Buehler gained gold, with the pro-am pairings involving Fort Collins breweries Black Bottle Brewery and Odell Brewing Co. profitable silver and bronze, respectively.
Colorado’s 38 medals, which tied the state’s complete from final 12 months, showcased the flexibility of native beer makers. The Centennial State’s spanned classes corresponding to American-Type Black Ale; Brett Beer; English-Type India Pale Ale; German-Type Altbier, Koelsch and Pilsener; Herb and Spice Beer, Session IPA, Smoke Beer, South German-Type Hefeweizen, a set of Wooden- and Barrel-Aged choices, and, fittingly, Experimental Beer.
“We’ve a fantastic, passionate group of those who know how one can make every kind of beers,” stated James Howat, brewer and proprietor of Black Challenge Spontaneous Ales in Denver. “We’re spoiled right here.”
Black Challenge gained its third medal in 4 years within the Experimental Beer class. This 12 months, the brewery snagged a silver for its Roswell: Grudge, a Lambic-inspired beer made with six kilos of raspberries in every gallon.
“It’s positively a beer that … is strongly flavored,” Howat stated.
The GABF stage featured a number of first-time winners amongst Colorado’s brewing business, together with Arvada-based Odyssey Beerwerks; Denver-based CO-Brew; and Boulder-based Cellar West Artisan Ales.
Boulder’s Finkel & Garf Brewing Co.’s introduced residence a gold for its first GABF medal.
The brewery, which opened in the summertime of 2014 touting the motto of “play typically,” options assortment of video games, toys and beer flights paired with treats.
The GABF-winning Oatmeal Milk Stout is historically paired with a Twinkie, stated Mychal Johnson, Finkel & Garf’s head brewer.
Longmont-based Wibby Brewing Co.’s first GABF win — the Moondoor Dunkel took the silver within the Munich-Type Dunkel or European-Type Darkish Lager class — was uniquely memorable:
Whereas he and the Wibby Brewing crew stood on stage to obtain the medals, Ryan Wibby requested his girlfriend, Robin, for her hand in marriage. She gleefully and tearfully accepted.
In Colorado’s sundry displaying at GABF, the state additionally confirmed off its chops within the conventional.
The American-Type Lager class has lengthy been dominated by brewery business stalwarts — Pabst Brewing, the hometown Coors Brewing, Miller Brewing and Anheuser-Busch.
Not this 12 months.
Lone Tree Brewing’s Mexican Lager toppled the giants, touchdown a gold. Bookending Pabst Blue Ribbon was one other craft creation: Solar Grown Recent Craft Lager, a creation of the Sycamore Brewing Cannery in Charlotte, N.C.
“I’m out of this world,” stated Josh West, Lone Tree’s head brewer. The brewery additionally gained silver within the Imperial Purple Ale class with its Hop Zombie.
Two years in the past, Lone Tree’s Summer time Siesta Mexican Lager completed second within the class, behind the venerable Coors Banquet.
“It’s actually nice to be the very best American lager within the nation,” West stated. “It proves us little craft guys can hold with the fellows doing it perpetually.”
Colorado breweries that gained medals on the 2017 GABF
The next are the medal winners from Colorado, together with the identify of the beer, the brewery, metropolis and elegance:
F-City Amber — Copper Membership Brewing Co., Fruita, American-Type Amber/Purple Ale
Fancy Pants — Jessup Farm Barrel Home, Fort Collins, Brett Beer
Galaxy Dry Hopped Funk Yo Sofa — Wiley Roots Brewing Co., Greeley, Combined-Tradition Brett Beer
(Professional-Am)Simply One other Fairly Face — Doug Thiel, Denver Beer Co. brewmaster Jason Buehler, Denver Beer Co., Denver
Medianoche — WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Sturdy Stout
Mexican Lager — Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree, American-Type Lager or Malt Liquor
Oatmeal Milk Stout — Finkel & Garf Brewing Co., Boulder, Candy Stout or Cream Stout
Punjabi — CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Fort Collins, English-Type India Pale Ale
Plum Creek Bitter — Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co., Fort Rock, Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Bitter Beer
Razz Towards the Machine — Little Machine, Denver, American-Type Fruit Beer
Saison — Funkwerks, Fort Collins, Basic Saison
So lengthy and thank’s for all of the (smoked) fish! — The Sandlot Brewery at Coors Discipline, Denver, Smoke Beer
Waverly Tulip — Sq. Peg Brewerks, Alamosa, Historic Beer
Black 28 — Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, American-Type Black Ale
Hilltopper’s Satisfaction Kentucky Widespread Ale; Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Lakewood, Historic Beer
Hop Zombie — Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree, Imperial Purple Ale
Lemon Rye — 105 West Brewing Co., Fort Rock, American-Type Wheat Beer
(Professional-Am) Lichtenhainer — Daniel Tomkins, Black Bottle Scuba Squad, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins,
Make Hay — Cellar West Artisan Ales, Boulder, Specialty Saison
Moondoor Dunkel — Wibby Brewing, Longmont, Munich-Type Dunkel or European-Type Darkish Lager
Patio Pounder — Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder, Session India Pale Ale
Peacekeeper — Launch Pad Brewery, Aurora, Session Beer
Pilsner — Dry Dock Brewing Co. South Dock, Arvada, German-Type Pilsener
Roswell: Grudge — Black Challenge Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Denver, Experimental Beer
Saison Trystero — Our Mutual Buddy Brewing, Denver, Brett Beer
Suntrip — New Terrain Brewing Co., Golden, Belgian-Type Witbier
Woods Monk — Odyssey Beerwerks, Arvada, Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Sturdy Beer
fifth Anniversary Tequila Bitter — Loveland Aleworks, Loveland, Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Bitter Beer
Blackberry Desk Bitter — Baere Brewing Co., Denver, Berliner-Type Weisse
Downhill Kolsch — Elk Mountain Brewing Co., Parker, German-Type Koelsch
Dunkel — Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co., Dillon, Munich-Type Dunkel or European-Type Darkish Lager
(Professional-Am) Eluxansis — Mark Boelman, Odell Brew Crew, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins
Farmhouse Saison — Co-Brew, Denver, Specialty Saison
Hefeweizen — Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Broomfield, South German-Type Hefeweizen
India Spring Honey Cream Ale — Damaged Plow Brewery, Greeley, Herb and Spice Beer
Little Purple Cap — Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, German-Type Altbier
Mountain Collection: Maibock — Breckenridge Brewery, Littleton, Bock
Woody Pils — Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver, Wooden- and Barrel-Aged Beer