Casey Brewing Feels Increased Demand, Adopts New Ticketing System

If you build it, they will come. That was the spirit behind Casey Brewing and Blending’s location in the mountain town of Glenwood Springs, CO – far away from the heavily populated Front Range.  A place to attract people from all around the Rockies for great beer, but also a place to take in the wonder and beauty of the mountain town. When the brewery first began hosting monthly releases back in July 2014, the events had a relaxed, “show up whenever” atmosphere, but word quickly spread throughout the craft beer community and so began the meteoric rise of Troy Casey and his brewery.

Before long, droves of people started showing up on Casey’s doorstep for his monthly releases. In just a few months time, Casey Brewing & Blending had become a destination brewery, resulting in many making the pilgrimage from neighboring states, with some even coming from across the country.

casey 15-1Unfortunately, the demand for his beers had reached such heights that the tactics of making the 3+ hour drive from Denver to bring bottles home was getting more and more extreme each month. Eventually Casey reached a threshold that was no longer sustainable for the brewery. People were arriving several hours early only to find out some beers had already sold out due to the overwhelming, overnight crowd. Something had to change to help mitigate disappointing customers, and reduce the stress level being placed on Casey and his staff.

For the October ’15 release, Casey tested a new ticketing system through the website In order to purchase to-go bottles on release day, customers were asked to pre-purchase a $20 ticket online. The ticket offered the opportunity to purchase up to a full allotment of bottles available during that particular release. 100% of the proceeds of the ticket sales were donated to a local charity. Anyone purchasing a ticket, but not showing up to the release, would be banned from the next month’s release. This trial run seems to have been the perfect recipe to appease the masses, as well as Casey’s surrounding neighbors.

For some, this change saves money on the necessary hotel room to beat the ever-growing early crowd. For others, it will help avoid hypothermia and frostbite from overnight camping in the coming cold Winter months. But for everyone, it provides the luxury of arriving whenever is most convenient during the 11AM – 3PM pickup window. Your commute to Glenwood Springs no longer requires breaking traffic laws to be first in line, but rather allows you to be as leisurely as the gentle leaf peepers on I-70.
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Upon our arrival at the brewery, 30 minutes after opening, we were surprised to only see a single person in line purchasing bottles, while over at the tasting room bar, there was no one clamoring  for a pour. Instead, people were able to sit and enjoy their time without the threat of claustrophobia setting in. It was obvious that people had taken their hours of waiting in line and converted them to sleeping in, getting a warm breakfast or even enjoying a morning hike.

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Outside, people were enjoying a beautiful fall day with friendly games of cornhole and giant Jenga, two games that had unfortunately been collecting dust at the brewery for the past several months. This relaxed vibe continued throughout the day as people came and went as they pleased, essentially spreading the crowd out across the entire afternoon.

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The event definitely had the feel of the early Casey releases, back in 2014. Only a handful of tickets remained the day of the release, which were quickly sold to the few that had lined up prior to the doors opening. The only instance where a line developed was just before the pick up window for bottles expired at 3:00 PM.  Read more »


Oskar Blues Announces CHUBurger Coming To Denver

Oskar Blues will bring their newest CHUBurger location to Denver’s River North neighborhood. They’re planning to open a 3,700 sq. ft. burger joint / beer garden at 3490 Larimer in early 2016.

In addition to delicious burgers and fries and live music, you can expect plenty of craft beer options, including limited release beers from Oskar Blues.

Read on for more details.


Craft-Casual Dining and Live Music Heading for RiNo in Early 2016

Longmont, Colo. – Oskar Blues Fooderies craft-casual concept CHUBurger brings handcrafted burgers, an extensive beer selection and a live local music scene to the RiNo arts district in Denver. The 3,700 sq. ft. facility located at 3490 Larimer will feature an outdoor burger/beer garden and is slated to open in early 2016.

CHUBurger is known for inventive burgers made with high quality, Hops & Heifers Farm approved, 100 percent Angus beef. The Oskar Blues farm, Hop & Heifers, partners with Meyer Natural Angus to provide premium beef free of antibiotics and hormones that is grass-fed using spent grain.

Expect more than just basic beef burgers. CHUBurger serves up a BUFFburger made with fresh all-natural local bison, an OMEGAburger featuring wild Coho salmon with Greek yogurt tartar sauce, and the BERKburger with a Hops & Heifers raised heritage Berkshire pork patty topped with blue cheese, butter and bacon.  Build your own burgers with fresh options available to fit your artsy or hipster side.

No burger is complete without a side of fries. Dive neck-deep into a plate of fresh hand-cut fries served plain or with roasted shoshito peppers and get addicted to the home-made Oskar Blues ginger ketchup.

“Our fooderies feature handcrafted food to pair with our handcrafted beer,” said chef Jason Rogers. “We make a damn good burger that’s as good as the beer we brew.”

The extensive craft beer tap and bottle/CAN lineup will include Oskar Blues Brewery’s core brews along with seasonal and limited releases. Local wine will also be served on tap alongside other signature drinks. “Try before you die” frozen custard shakes and root beer floats using Oskar Blues’ B. Stiff and Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer delivers something the whole family can enjoy.

Can’t wait to get your CHUBurger on until 2016? Visit current locations in Longmont and Coors Field until then. CHUBurger RiNo will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Take-out, catering and outdoor seating available.

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River North Brewing Forced From Home – Announces “Funk the Man” Series

River North Brewery is being forced out of their home on Blake St. As a tribute to their 1st home, they’re releasing a series of Brett Saisons called “Funk the Man”. The brewery will host release parties every Saturday in October to release the beers both on tap and in 375 mL bottles.

It’s sad to see River North being forced to move, but they plan to open their new location at 6021 Washington St by the end of the year.

Read on for more.

River North Bids Farewell to First Home with “Funk the Man”

On October 24th, River North Brewery will bid a final farewell to its original location at 2401 Blake Street in Denver.

The brewery’s building was recently slated for demolition to make way for an apartment redevelopment in one of Denver’s hottest neighborhoods, River North, for which the brewery is named.

To commemorate the demise of their first home, the brewery will host “Funk the Man,” a month-long tongue-in-cheek tribute to cash over community. River North will also release a series of brett saisons from its barrel archives – the official “Funk the Man” beer.

Funk the Man #1, aged in cabernet barrels, kicks off the festivities on October 10th. Funk the Man #2, featuring hibiscus, debuts on October 17th. And Funk the Man #3, with black currant, will serve as the capstone for the final hurrah on October 23rd and 24th. The entire FTM series will be available on tap and in 375ml bottles during their respective release parties.

“I believe this series of beers perfectly captures how we feel about the demise of 24th and Blake,” Matt said. “It’s sad to leave our first home, where we’ve made countless friends. But I think Funk the Man – the beer, at least – does it justice.”

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Epic Brewing Breaks Down Big Bad Baptist

Earlier this week, Epic Brewing released the 2015 batch of Big Bad Baptist. The 11% ABV Imperial Stout is aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels and eventually aged with coffee and cacao nibs. Epic’s Head Cellarman Ryan Buxton has shared some insight into this year’s release, explaining how the beer goes from brew to barrel to bottle.

Many thanks to Epic Brewing for sharing this story with us. We hope you enjoy and highly recommend stocking your cellar with plenty of Big Bad Baptist for the coming Winter months.

A Passion for Boldness

Head Cellarman Ryan Buxton discusses Big Bad Baptist

The first thing you should know is “the cellar” isn’t some barrel-vaulted stone chamber tucked under a monastery. It’s a simple, climate-controlled, warehouse with an average looking loading dock, lined up between a series of identical docks, but when the overhead door is rolled up and you get your first glimpse into the dark interior, a sense of anticipation and awe starts to build. It’s probably as close to opening a Pharaoh’s tomb or uncovering a buried treasure chest as anyone will get without finding themselves in the pages of National Geographic.

The Cellar is home to Epic’s barrel-aging program and its notable Big Bad Baptist, an Imperial Stout aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels with small batch coffee and cacao nibs added. It is one of Epic’s best known beers, carrying a 100 point rating from, a 96 point rating on and 95 from BTI. Ryan Buxton, the Head Cellarman at the Salt Lake City brewery, oversees the production and maturation of this beer each year for its seasonal release at the beginning of October. Below is his explanation of what makes Big Bad Baptist so special.

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What I love about Big Bad Baptist is how complex the drinking experience is. There’s so much going on from aroma to aftertaste, but none of it collides or conflicts. We all put a lot of effort into harmonizing and organizing the different layers of this beer so that the experience is nuanced.

First we start with an exceptional base beer, our award-winning Imperial Stout. This beer is often overshadowed by Baptist but it really is at its heart. We use seven different malts and max out our mash tun; in fact, its pre-boil gravity is higher than many of our beers are post-boil. We call it a sacrificial yield and this is what creates the rich flavors reminiscent of bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruit and even star anise, but of course the real magic, and what makes Baptist so special, is the barrel aging.

We use our casks three different times and each use produces different characteristics. When the Imperial Stout goes into a first-use cask, it’s around 10.5% ABV, and after cellaring it emerges at around 11.5 – 12% ABV. As you can imagine, there is a strong whiskey aroma with plenty of heat and an overall boozy character.  The malt character we worked to produce in the base beer is simply overpowered by the toasted marshmallow and alcoholic quality of the whiskey. This is where the second-use casks really make the difference. The beer aged in these casks have a much rounder, dried fruit character, such as plum and fig, with that sweet, smooth, vanilla character the oak contributes. Our third-use casks become very woody, with a slight astringent dryness on the aftertaste. This is the beer people think of when they talk about being able to taste the barrel.

epic big bad baptist 2We thief samples from all of the 900 barrels over the course of the year and taste them through panels. Baptist takes up almost half of our total barrel program, a little over 2000 barrels total, so the tastings are pretty extensive. I think what really makes Baptist so special is that so many people at the brewery have an input. It’s also 100% barrel-aged which is becoming rare as the cost of barrels increases. Each release for the season is going to be slightly different. We don’t have a pre-set flavor profile that defines Big Bad Baptist. Instead we allow the beer to be itself. This is a challenging way to work because beer is a living, changing beverage and each one of our barrels is unique.

After selecting the blend, the last step is to add in the coffee and cacao nibs. Once again, we aren’t following a formula but approach the process through tasting. In some batches we pull back on the coffee and increase the cacao, if the beer needs some additional richness, or if the roasted character could use a bit of a boost, we might add slightly more coffee. This is the type of brewing that’s at the core of Epic. Exceptional beer needs to be cared for and truly crafted; but above all it needs to stand on its own, which is why numbered releases are so important to us. Each time we make the beer we’re creating that brand’s identity; sometimes previous releases play into that and other times we deviate. There’s no fixed point for our Elevated or Exponential series beers. We let our palates, our technique, and our imaginations guide us.

This year we are releasing Big Bad Baptist with four different coffees from four different small batch roasters; Caffe Ibis and Blue Copper out of Utah, Novo out of Denver and a special release featuring Cultivar Coffee out of Texas. Coffee is like any of our other natural ingredients. We spend a lot time developing relationships with maltsters and hop farmers and have tremendous respect for their craft and coffee isn’t any different. Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 10/01/2015

I think we’ve finally recovered from an amazing GABF Week. What a blast. Congrats to all of this year’s medal winners, especially our friends, brewers and industry professionals around town. Check out our GABF tab for an in-depth look at last weekend.

You’d think things would be quiet this week, but that’s far from the case. Falling Rock’s hosting the 10th Annual Fresh Hop Festival, Docktoberfest is back at Dry Dock, Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest hits the Pepsi Center, plus there’s plenty of new releases and a solid Beer Hunter’s Report (Alpine in bottles!).

Here’s the scoop.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Dry Dock will release their 3rd Signature Series beer of 2015 on Thursday. Double Hazelnut Brown is back and will be available both on tap and in bombers at Dry Dock – North, beginning at 2 PM. Come out and stock the cellar with this delicious Whiskey Barrel-Aged brew. More details on the beer can be found HERE. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.

On Thursday, Station 26 will tap a keg of Summer Brown. Earlier this week, they released the 2015 batch of Oktoberfest – $10 1L steins, $10 refills. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

  • Pure Hoppiness Tapping, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO, 5:30 PM

Now that the madness of GABF is over, Falling Rock will tap a special keg for us locals. A fresh keg of Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness will hit the lines at 5:30 PM. Come down, get yer hop fix and enjoy a little elbow room as things return to normal. Falling Rock Tap House is located at: 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

  • Fresh Hop Superpower IPA Release, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

Comrade will release the 2nd batch of Fresh Hop Superpower on Friday at Noon. This batch was made with Oregon hops, flown in the same day they were picked. This 7.2% ABV beauty’s loaded with Cascade, Chinook, Crystal and Nugget hops. Comrade has brought home a GABF Medal with this beer for two consecutive years. Come get your fill on Friday. Here’s the rest of this week’s hop forward menu.

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Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

This week, Dry Dock’s releasing Chocolate Pumpkin for Firkin Friday. This is their Half Moon Pumpkin with rich, dark chocolate. This sweet treat taps at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

The inaugural Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest will invade the Prius Lot at the Pepsi Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This celebration will combine the tradition and fun of the Munich Oktoberfest with Colorado’s craft beer scene.


Come out and enjoy traditional German music, food – schnitzel, brats, cabbage, etc., a giant corn hole tournament and tons of cold craft brews! Families with kids are welcome, so you’ve got no excuse. Look for beer from Breckenridge, Avery, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Ska, Prost, Odell and Steamworks, Details and tickets HERE.

Zephyr will host free, live comedy on Friday night. Come out and enjoy some laughs and craft beer. Zephyr Brewing is located at: 1421 26th St, Denver, CO.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Casey Brewing and Blending will open their doors on Saturday morning for their monthly release. For bottles to-go, look for:

Fruit Stand – Nectarine (1.2 lbs fruit / gallon) – 2 BTL $20
Casey Family Preserves – Montmorency Cherry (3.1 lbs fruit / gallon) – 3 BTL $28
Casey Family Preserves – Nectarine (2.2 lbs fruit / gallon) – 1 BTL $28

For on-site consumption:

Plum Fruit Stand – Santa Rosa – $7 (Only available for tasting)
Nectarine Fruit Stand – $7
Casey Family Preserve – Montmorency Cherry – $10
Cellar Selection – East Bank Blend 1 (~12 months old) – $8


If you’re making the trip up to Glenwood, two things:

1. Check out Roaring Fork Brewing Company. They’re doing great things and are celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday. Show them some love.

2. Grab your Casey tickets HERE. No more camping out in the cold during the wee hours. Money goes to charity.

Lastly, have fun and be nice. Casey Brewing and Blending is located at: 3421 Grand Ave, Ste E, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

The Annual Docktoberfest returns to Dry Dock on Saturday. This year’s Oktoberfest will be tapped at 11 AM, followed by a full day of fun, live music by the Rhinelanders from Noon – 3 PM, cold beer and costumes.

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Don’t miss this. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO.

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Dry Dock Releases Next Signature Series Beer – Double Hazelnut Brown

Dry Dock Brewing, fresh off another medal winning GABF, has announced the release of the 3rd beer in their 2015 Signature Series. Double Hazelnut Brown is a 10% ABV beauty that spent 10 months aging in whiskey barrels. The end result is a decadent beer full of vanilla, oak, caramel and toffee.

The release party will be held at Dry Dock’s North Facility, located on Tower Rd. Look for bottles down at South Dock and local liquor stores beginning on October 5th.

Dry Dock plans to release 6 beers in their 2015 Signature Series. The first two releases, Imperial Stout and Double Vanilla Porter, are still available around town.

Dry Dock Brewing Company Releases 2015 Double Hazelnut Brown Ale

AURORA, CO— Dry Dock Brewing Company will release the Double Hazelnut Brown Ale on Thursday. This full-bodied Double Brown Ale was aged in whiskey barrels for 10 months, imparting notes of vanilla and oak. It has added hazelnut, which creates its earthy, nutty complexity and caramel, toffee-forward aroma. It weighs in at 10 percent ABV with 30 IBUs.

Double Hazelnut Brown Ale will tap at Canoe Room at North Dock at 2801 Tower Road, Aurora, 80011 on Thursday, October 1 at 2pm. It will be available on draft and in bombers at North Dock throughout the weekend. Double Hazelnut Brown Ale will then be available at South Dock and in liquor stores across Colorado next week. Less than 200 cases of this beer will be distributed throughout the state.  Read more »

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Beer Hunter’s Report 09/30/2015

Every week, Scott puts his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. You’ll find his Beer Hunter’s Report posted here every Wednesday. Any last-minute additions can be found in Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz.

  • Seasonals:
    • Upslope Oktoberfest Lager
    • 4 Noses Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale
    • Epic’s Big Bad Baptist officially releases this week. Get some and stock up for the Winter.
  • Hoppies:
    • Avery Raja DIPA! YES!
    • Alpine is landing in bottles. Confirmed sightings of Duet, Pure Hoppiness and Nelson.
    • Stone Enjoy By 10.31.15 for your freshie fix yo!
  • Other:
    • Dry Dock’s releasing Double Hazelnut Brown at North Dock on Thursday, October 1st at 2 PM. If you’re keeping score at home, this is the 3rd release in Dry Dock’s Signature Series for 2015.
    • Crooked Stave Artisans just won’t quit. This week they’re dropping Omnipollo Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie IPA and Oakshire’s Big Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter.
    • Declaration Brewing cans have begun circulating in local liquor stores. Look for Pale Ale, Wheat, Imperial IPA, Scottish and Copper.
    • Boulevard and Cigar City’s Tropical Pale Collab is here in 4-packs.
    • Also look for Deschutes Black Butte XXVI and XXVII.
    • Dogfish Head Higher Math, although this is listed as an October release, keep it in mind.

We’ve got a funny feeling there might be a few more bottles hitting this week. Stay tuned for updates.


By: Scott Steigerwald

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The 2015 GABF Medal Winners (In Pictures)

The 2015 Great American Beer Festival has come to a close, but not before Saturday’s Awards Ceremony in the Bellco Theater at the Colorado Convention Center. The stats of this year’s competition are staggering.

6,647 beers were entered into the competition (up 20% from 2014) from 1,552 different U.S. Breweries. 242 judges from around the World had the demanding job of selecting the winners in 92 different categories, not including the Pro-Am. American-Style India Pale Ale once again received the highest number of entries with 336 beers!

Colorado had another tremendous year, reeling in 38 medals. It was great to see several newcomers and rising breweries get recognized, such as Spangalang (Gold for Table Beer), Our Mutual Friend (Silver for 24 Frames Per Second), WeldWerks (Silver for Hefeweizen) and Broken Compass (Bronze for Coconut Porter). Comrade, TRiNiTY, Cannonball Creek, Black Project and others were repeat winners, adding additional medals to their impressive resumes.

Left Hand, Dry Dock, Ska and Grimm Brothers also continued their winning ways, each bringing home multiple medals this year.

Congrats to all of the 2015 GABF Winners. Here’s a look at all of the categories, with the Colorado winners highlighted.

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY Kirk McHale & Jeremy Tofte

Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Corona, CA TAPS Fish House & Brewery Team

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Country Malt Group
Titletown Brewing Co., Green Bay, WI David Oldenburg

Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group
Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA Paul Sangster & Guy Shobe

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by O-I
Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA Port City Brewing Team

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Team

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Beer Institute
Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA Gregory Deuhs

Category: 1 American-Style Wheat Beer – 58 Entries
Gold: Super 77 Wheat, Wiley Roots Brewing Co., Greeley, CO
Silver: Whacked Out Wheat, Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO
Bronze: Mogabi, Elevator Brewing Co. – Production Facility, Columbus, OH

Wiley Roots Brewing

Wiley Roots Brewing

Category: 2 American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast – 41 Entries
Gold: The Big O, O’so Brewing, Plover, WI
Silver: WeldWerks Hefeweizen, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, CO
Bronze: Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, Fish Brewing Co., Olympia, WA

Category: 3 American-Style Fruit Beer – 87 Entries
Gold: Chchchch-Cherry Bomb, Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY
Silver: Rasplendent, Mazama Brewing Co., Corvallis, OR
Bronze: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – Production Facility, Aurora, CO

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Dry Dock Brewing

Category: 4 Fruit Wheat Beer – 69 Entries
Gold: Magnolia’s Peach, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Chandler, Chandler, AZ
Silver: You’re My Boy, Blue!, Brew Bus Brewing, Tampa, FL
Bronze: Purple Line, Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., Evanston, IL

Category: 5 Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – 63 Entries
Gold: xReserve Ale 05-15 Peach and Ginger Saison, Saucony Creek Brewing Co., Kutztown, PA Silver: Kumquat Saison, Smog City Brewing, Torrance, CA
Bronze: Cherry Busey, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category: 6 Pumpkin Beer – 56 Entries
Silver: Pumpkin Grinder, Mankato Brewery, Mankato, MN
Bronze: The Great Pumpkin Ale, Great Basin Brewing Co. – Sparks, Sparks, NV

Category: 7 Field Beer – 52 Entries
Gold: Beets, Rhymes and Life, Fonta Flora Brewery, Morganton, NC
Silver: Window Seat Coconut Almond Porter, Baxter Brewing Co., Auburn, ME
Bronze: Coconut Porter, Broken Compass Brewing, Breckenridge, CO

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Broken Compass Brewing

Category: 8 Chili Beer – 79 Entries
Gold: Fire Tiger, Lander Brewing Co., Lander, WY
Silver: Heir Apparent, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Goochland, VA
Bronze: Ballast Point Pale Ale with Serrano, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA

Category: 9 Herb and Spice Beer – 142 Entries
Gold: Garden Party, Free State Brewing Co., Lawrence, KS
Silver: Allergeez, Panther Island Brewing Co., Fort Worth, TX
Bronze: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale, Aftershock Brewing Co., Temecula, CA

Category: 10 Chocolate Beer – 65 Entries
Gold: The Velvet Hog, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Corona, Corona, CA
Silver: El Toro Coco Chocolate Stout, El Toro Brewing Co., Morgan Hill, CA
Bronze: Wonka Bar, Mispillion River Brewing, Milford, DE

Category: 11 Coffee Beer – 149 Entries
Gold: Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, New English Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Bronze: Bacon and Eggs, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Category: 12 Specialty Beer – 59 Entries
Gold: Hog Cabin, Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY
Silver: Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
Bronze: Pack Dog Peanut Butter Ale, Marley’s Brewery & Grille, Bloomsburg, PA

Category: 13 Rye Beer – 84 Entries
Gold: Blitzkrieg Bock, Fat Head’s Brewery – Portland, Portland, OR
Silver: Concrete Dinosaur, Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City, MI
Bronze: Pt. Bonita Rustic Lager, Headlands Brewing Co., Mill Valley, CA

Category: 14 Honey Beer – 52 Entries
Gold: Electric Stinger, The Tap Beer Co., Bloomington, IN
Silver: Honey Chamomile Wheat, Nexus Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Spring Fever, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Truckee, CA

Category: 15 Session Beer – 44 Entries
Gold: BJ’s LightSwitch Lager, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Temple, Temple, TX
Silver: MCA, 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe, San Francisco, CA
Bronze: Guillaume, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Category: 16 Session India Pale Ale – 161 Entries
Gold: The Coachman, Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Size 4, Steel Toe Brewing, St. Louis Park, MN
Bronze: Nose Candy, Noble Ale Works, Anaheim, CA

Category: 17 Other Strong Beer – 43 Entries
Gold: Ursa Minor, McCoy’s Public House, Kansas City, MO
Silver: Humboldt Brownie, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA
Bronze: Take Back the Streets, Piece Brewery, Chicago, IL

Category: 18 Experimental Beer – 85 Entries
Gold: Mystery Airship Imperial Chocolate Porter, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Sacramento, CA Silver: Melt My Brain, Short’s Brewing Co., Elk Rapids, MI
Bronze: Ramjet, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Denver, CO

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

Category: 19 Fresh or Wet Hop Ale – 34 Entries
Gold: Acequia IPA, Bosque Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Silver: Fresh Hop Superpower IPA, Comrade Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Bronze: Melvin IPA, Melvin Brewing, Jackson, WY

Comrade Brewing

Comrade Brewing

Category: 20 Historical Beer – 40 Entries
Gold: Black Eagle Gratzer, Platform Beer Co., Cleveland, OH
Silver: Dortmunder Adambier, Blue Pants Brewery, Madison, AL
Bronze: Snow Drop, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO

Category: 21 Gluten-Free Beer – 24 Entries
Gold: Watchstander Stout, Ghostfish Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
Silver: IPA No. 5, Ground Breaker Brewing, Portland, OR
Bronze: Ghostfish Grapefruit IPA, Ghostfish Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Category: 22 American-Belgo-Style Ale – 71 Entries
Gold: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Summer Saison, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Walland, TN
Bronze: Salad Days American Saison, Pale Fire Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, VA

Category: 23 American-Style Sour Ale – 86 Entries
Gold: Savant Blanc, Perennial Artisan Ales, Saint Louis, MO
Silver: Ensorcelled, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA
Bronze: Apropos of Nothing, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Category: 24 Brett Beer – 85 Entries
Gold: (512) Wild Bear, (512) Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Silver: Red Swingline IPA Primitif, Trinity Brewing, Colorado Springs, CO
Bronze: 2015 Golden Ale, New Glarus Brewing Co. – Hilltop, New Glarus, WI

TRiNiTY Brewing

TRiNiTY Brewing

Category: 25 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer – 69 Entries
Gold: Wild Warehouse, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA
Silver: Palo Santo Aged Porter, Spellbound Brewing, Mount Holly, NJ
Bronze: Barrel Aged Brown Ale, Twin Peaks Brewery, Irving, TX

Category: 26 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer – 179 Entries
Gold: Melange A Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co., La Vista, NE
Silver: Batch 666: Sympathy For The Devil, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Bronze: Ska Face, SKA Brewing, Durango, CO

Category: 27 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout – 128 Entries
Gold: Ctayt, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Silver: Sherry Ink, Rhinegeist Brewing, Cincinnati, OH
Bronze: Dosvidanya, DESTIHL – Champaign, Champaign, IL

AC Golden

AC Golden

Category: 28 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 137 Entries
Gold: Veritas 015, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
Silver: 24 Frames Per Second, Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, Denver, CO
Bronze: Sour Opal, Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA

Our Mutual Friend Brewing

Our Mutual Friend Brewing

Category: 29 Aged Beer – 38 Entries
Gold: Big Deluxe, Ritual Brewing Co., Redlands, CA
Silver: Sasquatch 2014, 903 Brewers, Sherman, TX
Bronze: Old Diablo, Morgan Territory Brewing, Tracy, CA

Category: 30 Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 45 Entries
Gold: STS Pils, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
Silver: TAPS Kellerbier, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Brea, Brea, CA
Bronze: Fargo Original, Fargo Brewing Co., Fargo, ND

Category: 31 Smoke Beer – 57 Entries
Gold: Smoked Märzen, 49th State Brewing Co., Denali National Park, AK
Silver: S.S.A., Titletown Brewing Co., Green Bay, WI
Bronze: Smokie Robbins, Lager Heads Brewing Co., Medina, OH

Category: 32 American-Style or International-Style Pilsener – 51 Entries
Gold: Rocket 100, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Silver: Mexican Logger, SKA Brewing, Durango, CO
Bronze: Amend This!, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Brea, Brea, CA

Category: 33 German-Style Pilsener – 100 Entries
Gold: Pivo, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Silver: Pilsner, pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR
Bronze: Pilsner, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

Category: 34 Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 62 Entries
Gold: Shower Beer, Champion Brewing Co., Charlottesville, VA
Silver: Bohemian Pilsner, von Trapp Brewing, Stowe, VT
Bronze: Peacemaker Pilsner, Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co., Dillon, CO

Category: 35 Munich-Style Helles – 55 Entries
Gold: Bucket Seat Blonde, Garage Brewing Co. & Pizzeria, Temecula, CA
Silver: Long Goodbye, Ahnapee Brewery, Algoma, WI
Bronze: Goldencold Lager, Susquehanna Brewing Co., Pittston, PA

Category: 36 Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest – 48 Entries
Gold: Oktoberfest, Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern, Fort Collins, CO
Silver: Longboard Island Lager, Craft Brew Alliance – Kona Brewery, Kailua Kona, HI
Bronze: Helles Lager, Lucky Envelope Brewing, Seattle, WA

Category: 37 American-Style Lager or Light Lager – 55 Entries
Gold: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Silver: Lone Tree Mexican Lager, Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree, CO
Bronze: Southern Girl Lager, Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC

Lone Tree Brewing

Lone Tree Brewing

Category: 38 American-Style Cream Ale – 56 Entries
Gold: Rainier Lager, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Silver: Olympia, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Nuff, Dale Bros Brewery, Upland, CA

Category: 39 Vienna-Style Lager – 46 Entries
Gold: Vienna Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost, Lexington, VA
Silver: Oktoberfest, Stoudts Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA
Bronze: Firebrick, August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN

Category: 40 German-Style Märzen – 65 Entries
Gold: Oktoberfest, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth, TX
Silver: Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Bronze: Duck-Rabbit Märzen, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville, NC

Category: 41 American-Style Amber Lager – 48 Entries
Gold: Auburn Lager, Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Fort Wayne, IN
Silver: Karbachtoberfest, Karbach Brewing Co., Houston, TX
Bronze: St. Florian’s Brewery California Common, St. Florian’s Brewery, Windsor, CA

Category: 42 European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel – 34 Entries
Gold: Gigi, Exile Brewing, Des Moines, IA
Silver: Fearless Youth, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO
Bronze: Chuckanut Dunkel, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA

Category: 43 American-Style Dark Lager – 21 Entries
Gold: Lagerithm, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA
Silver: Lighter Than I Look, Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande, CA Bronze: Black Diamond, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category: 44 German-Style Schwarzbier – 37 Entries
Gold: Lobo Negro, Pedernales Brewing Co., Fredericksburg, TX
Silver: Black Knight, Fat Head’s Brewery – N. Olmstead, North Olmsted, OH
Bronze: Eastside, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI

Category: 45 Bock – 38 Entries
Gold: Break Line Bock, Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA
Silver: Rock Out with Maibock Out, Hailstorm Brewing Co., Tinley Park, IL
Bronze: A Cart Ride to Mexico, Red Eye Brewing Co., Wausau, WI

Category: 46 German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock – 25 Entries
Gold: The Regulator, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth, TX
Silver: Procrastinator Doppelbock, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Duluth, MN
Bronze: Hot for Teacher Ms. Doppelbock, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Category: 47 Baltic-Style Porter – 35 Entries
Gold: Cobaltic Porter, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA
Silver: Double Porter, Bemidji Brewing Co., Bemidji, MN
Bronze: Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville, NC

Category: 48 Golden or Blonde Ale – 107 Entries
Gold: Sunlight Cream Ale, Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Silver: Boxcar Blonde Ale, Heroes Restaurant and Brewery, Riverside, CA
Bronze: Alpine Gold, Tied House Cafe & Brewery – Mtn View, Mountain View, CA

Category: 49 German-Style Kölsch – 111 Entries
Gold: Chuckanut Kolsch Style, Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA
Silver: Colorado Kölsch, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango, CO
Bronze: Friar Chuck, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins, CO

Category: 50 English-Style Summer Ale – 38 Entries
Gold: Beaverton Blonde, Golden Valley Brewery and Pub, McMinnville, OR
Silver: Cream Ale, Newburgh Brewing Co., Newburgh, NY
Bronze: Lonely Blonde, Fulton Beer, Minneapolis, MN

Category: 51 Classic English-Style Pale Ale – 46 Entries
Gold: Mr. Kite’s Pale Ale, Social Kitchen & Brewery, San Francisco, CA
Silver: India Pale Ale, Arcadia Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI
Bronze: PBW Pale Ale, Paducah Beer Werks, Paducah, KY

Category: 52 English-Style India Pale Ale – 42 Entries
Gold: Shanghai’d IPA, Old Town Brewing, Portland, OR
Silver: Monumental IPA, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA
Bronze: Hammersmith IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category: 53 International-Style Pale Ale – 75 Entries
Gold: Mai Tai P.A., Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, Monterey, CA
Silver: Rain Delay IPA, JAFB Wooster Brewery, Wooster, OH
Bronze: San Diego-Style IPA, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – La Jolla, La Jolla, CA

Category: 54 American-Style Pale Ale – 160 Entries
Gold: Monterey St. Pale Ale, Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CA
Silver: Hoppy Palm, Track 7 Brewing Co. – Natomas, Sacramento, CA
Bronze: Featherweight Pale Ale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO

Cannonball Creek Brewing

Cannonball Creek Brewing

Category: 55 American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 134 Entries
Gold: Ratchet Strap IPA, Barley Brown’s Beer, Baker City, OR
Silver: Via Chicago, CODA Brewing Co., Aurora, CO
Bronze: 3C India Pale Ale, Triple C Brewing, Charlotte, NC

Coda Brewing

Coda Brewing

Category: 56 American-Style India Pale Ale – 336 Entries
Gold: Revolver IPA, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Santee, CA
Silver: Pernicious IPA, Wicked Weed Brewing – Candler, Candler, NC
Bronze: White Rajah, The Brew Kettle Taproom and Smokehouse, Strongsville, OH

Category: 57 Imperial India Pale Ale – 208 Entries
Gold: Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, OH
Silver: Eazy Duz It IIPA, Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, Portland, OR
Bronze: Teahupo’o, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside, CA

Category: 58 American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 94 Entries
Gold: Immersion Amber Ale, Two Beers Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
Silver: Proletariat Red, Lompoc Brewing – The 5th Quadrant, Portland, OR
Bronze: Sharkbite Red, Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad, CA

Category: 59 Double Red Ale – 71 Entries
Gold: Bone Head Imperial Red, Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, OH
Silver: Toaster Pastry, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Leandro, CA
Bronze: GRAMBO, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA

Category: 60 Imperial Red Ale – 35 Entries
Gold: reDANKulous, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Silver: Wreak Havoc, Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, CO
Bronze: Imperial Red Ale, Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM

Category: 61 English-Style Mild Ale – 40 Entries
Gold: Mild, Brothers Craft Brewing, Harrisonburg, VA
Silver: Summer Porter, Fort Point Beer Co., San Francisco, CA
Bronze: Mamoot, Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia, MO

Category: 62 Ordinary or Special Bitter – 43 Entries
Gold: DBA (Double Barrel Ale), Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Silver: Spitfire Best Bitter, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery, Oak Harbor, WA
Bronze: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

Category: 63 Extra Special Bitter – 67 Entries
Gold: The Guilty Party, Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co., Greensboro, NC
Silver: 14° ESB, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Duluth, MN
Bronze: Red Fish, Flying Fish Brewing Co., Somerdale, NJ

Category: 64 Scottish-Style Ale – 52 Entries
Gold: Copper John Scotch Ale, Madison River Brewing Co., Belgrade, MT
Silver: Cold Smoke, KettleHouse Brewing Co., Missoula, MT
Bronze: Barrio Rojo, Barrio Brewing Co., Tucson, AZ

Category: 65 Irish-Style Red Ale – 70 Entries
Gold: TAPS Irish Red, TAPS Fish House & Brewery – Corona, Corona, CA
Silver: Johnny Blood Red, Titletown Brewing Co., Green Bay, WI
Bronze: Hooligan’s Irish Red Ale, Montana Brewing Co., Billings, MT

Category: 66 English-Style Brown Ale – 72 Entries
Gold: Red Hydrant Ale, Big Dog’s Brewing Co., Las Vegas, NV
Silver: No Name, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO
Bronze: Rogue River Brown, Rockford Brewing Co. – Rockford, Michigan, Rockford, MI

Category: 67 American-Style Brown Ale – 85 Entries
Gold: 1623 Brown Ale, 7th Settlement Brewery, Dover, NH
Silver: Rapture Fusion Brown Ale, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Justin, TX
Bronze: Restraint, Institution Ale Co., Camarillo, CA

Category: 68 American-Style Black Ale – 54 Entries
Gold: Midnight Moonlight, Fat Head’s Brewery – N. Olmstead, North Olmsted, OH
Silver: Singularity, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA
Bronze: King Ink, Denver Beer Co. – Canworks, Denver, CO

Category: 69 German-Style Sour Ale – 111 Entries
Gold: Gose, Reuben’s Brews Taproom, Seattle, WA
Silver: Volkssekt, Bend Brewing Co., Bend, OR
Bronze: Cucumber Crush, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category: 70 German-Style Altbier – 49 Entries
Gold: Copper Alt, Zipline Brewing Co., Lincoln, NE
Silver: Generation Alt, Flix Brewhouse – Indy, Carmel, IN
Bronze: Altbier, Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO

Category: 71 South German-Style Hefeweizen – 95 Entries
Gold: Weißbier, Prost Brewing, Denver, CO
Silver: Wild Wapiti Wheat, Elk Mountain Brewing Co., Parker, CO
Bronze: Windansea Wheat, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Elk Mountain Brewing

Elk Mountain Brewing

Category: 72 German-Style Wheat Ale – 38 Entries
Gold: Saint Arnold Weedwacker, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX Silver: Weizenbock, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO
Bronze: Monkey Business, New Bohemia Brewing Co., Santa Cruz, CA

Category: 73 Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale – 47 Entries
Gold: Bear Hair, Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia, MO
Silver: Bleek Worden, Prison City Brewing, Auburn, NY
Bronze: Belgian Style Pale Ale, Aardwolf Brewing Co., Jacksonville, FL

Category: 74 Belgian-Style Witbier – 82 Entries
Gold: Allagash White, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Silver: White Rascal, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Bronze: Optimal Wit, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA

Avery Brewing

Avery Brewing

Category: 75 French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 132 Entries
Gold: Siren’s Lure, Fair Winds Brewing Co., Lorton, VA
Silver: Daily Wages, Brasserie Saint James, Reno, NV
Bronze: Saison, URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon, CA

Category: 76 Belgian- and French-Style Ale – 47 Entries
Gold: Vintage Monks, Adelbert’s Brewery, Austin, TX
Silver: Grisette, Sly Fox Brewing Co., Pottstown, PA
Bronze: Petite Classique, The Commons Brewery, Portland, OR

Category: 77 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 78 Entries
Gold: Turbulent Consequence, Peche, Block 15, Corvallis, OR
Silver: Feral One, Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA
Bronze: Viejo Rojo, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. – Truckee, Truckee, CA

Category: 78 Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadruple – 60 Entries
Gold: Sanitarium, Bier Brewery and Taproom, Indianapolis, IN
Silver: Dubbel Entendre, River’s Edge Brewing Co., Milford, MI
Bronze: Qualified, Taxman Brewing Co., Bargersville, IN

Category: 79 Belgian-Style Tripel – 52 Entries
Gold: Wild West Tripel, Chicago Brewing Co. – NV, Las Vegas, NV
Silver: Allagash Tripel, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Bronze: Millennium Trippel, Church Brew Works – Lawrenceville Brewery, Pittsburgh, PA

Category: 80 Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale – 65 Entries
Gold: Van Dammit, Jailbreak Brewing Co., Laurel, MD
Silver: The Cannibal, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA Bronze: Quad Damn It, Chicago Brewing Co. – NV, Las Vegas, NV

Category: 81 Other Belgian-Style Ale – 45 Entries
Gold: Spangalang Table Beer, Spangalang Brewery, Denver, CO
Silver: Summer Rye Ale, Mayflower Brewing Co., Plymouth, MA
Bronze: Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, San Diego, CA

Category: 82 Brown Porter – 57 Entries
Gold: Disaster at Meux, Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA
Silver: Peter Brown Tribute Ale, Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Factory 5, Cloverdale, CA
Bronze: Black Jack Porter, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

Category: 83 Robust Porter – 102 Entries
Gold: Recalcitrant Dockhand, Black Star Co-op, Austin, TX
Silver: Porter, Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, VA
Bronze: Night Watchman, City Star Brewing, Berthoud, CO

City Star Brewing

City Star Brewing

Category: 84 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 36 Entries
Gold: Stearns Stout, Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Silver: Dragoon’s Dry Irish Stout, Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant, Novato, CA
Bronze: Dry Stout, Reuben’s Brews, Seattle, WA

Category: 85 Export Stout – 39 Entries
Gold: Fade to Black, Volume 1, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Silver: Black Rock Stout, Crossroads Brewing Co., Athens, NY
Bronze: Z-man Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Category: 86 American-Style Stout – 39 Entries

Gold: Disorder Stout, Barley Brown’s Brewpub, Baker City, OR
Silver: Black Cliffs, Boise Brewing, Boise, ID
Bronze: P2P, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category: 87 Sweet Stout or Cream Stout – 75 Entries
Gold: West O CocO, West O Beer, West Okoboji, IA
Silver: Chocolate Milk Stout, Boxing Bear Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: The Husstler, Huss Brewing, Tempe, AZ

Category: 88 Oatmeal Stout – 73 Entries
Gold: R & R Oatmeal Stout, Beaver Street Brewery, Flagstaff, AZ
Silver: Scripps Pier Stout, South Park Brewing – CA, San Diego, CA
Bronze: Scaredy Cat, Vintage Brewing Co., Madison, WI

Category: 89 Imperial Stout – 80 Entries
Gold: Double Negative, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Brooklyn, NY
Silver: Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
Bronze: The Miller’s Toll, Raleigh Brewing Co., Raleigh, NC

Category: 90 Scotch Ale – 55 Entries
Gold: MacPelican’s Wee Heavy Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Silver: Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA
Bronze: Real Heavy, Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX

Category: 91 Old Ale or Strong Ale – 39 Entries
Gold: Old Scrooge, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA
Silver: Innsmouth Olde Ale, Narragansett Brewing Co., Providence, RI
Bronze: MASSIVE! 2013, Gigantic Brewing Co., Portland, OR

Category: 92 Barley Wine-Style Ale – 56 Entries
Gold: Fat Hog, Ritual Brewing Co., Redlands, CA
Silver: Statik, Brewery Rickoli, Wheat Ridge, CO
Bronze: Old Skook, Three Magnets Brewing, Olympia, WA

2015 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition – 91 Entries
Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs
Gold: Muscat Love, Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY
Brewmaster: Great South Bay Brewery, AHA Member: Brian Giebel
Silver: Atahsaisa, Odd13 Brewery, Lafayette, CO
Brewmaster: Ryan Scott and Brandon Boldt, AHA Member: Mike Froehlich
Bronze: Citra IPA, FATE Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
Brewmaster: FATE Brewing Company Team, AHA Member: Ryan Lotter


By: Mark Robinson

Photography: Patti Robinson

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GABF Calendar Day Seven – 09/27/2015

It’s been real. Time to wrap up the week with a nice brunch, a lot of water, take in a little football and get ready to face the real world tomorrow.

Until then, here’s your GABF Calendar for Sunday.




3 courses paired with beers from Jolly Pumpkin, Evil Twin and Breakside. Details HERE. $35 / person. Lou’s Food Bar is located at: 1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO.

Brazen will host a beer brunch with River North Brewery on Sunday. Six courses, each paired with a different beer, all for $50. Check out the menu and grab your tickets HERE. Brazen is located at: 4450 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO.

  • New Belgium Recovery Brunch, First Draft, 10 AM

Last call for GABF Week on Sunday with First Draft and New Belgium Brewing. Enjoy Blueberry Graham Pancakes, Homemade Tater Tots, Blueberry Kolsch and other fun brews.

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Reserve your spot HERE. First Draft is located at: 1309 26th St, Denver, CO.

World of Beer offers a killer Beer-unch every Sunday. This week’s extra special as they’ll be tapping the best leftover kegs from GABF Week. Check it out. World of Beer – LoDo is located at: 1555 Blake St, Unit 102, Denver, CO.

Stop by Comrade on Sunday for a GABF Hangover Brunch. FiddleSprout Foods will pair 3 courses with 4 beers. Check out the menu and grab your tickets HERE. Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave Ste F, Denver, CO.

Station 26 will wrap up the fun on Sunday with their Bluegrass Brunch. Glazed & Confused donuts, Rolling Smoke BBQ, live music from Cosmic Mesa and cold brews from Station 26.

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Free admission. 11 AM. Station 26 is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO.

Crooked Stave will host bottle releases and special tappings throughout GABF Week at their Tap Room at The Source. Here’s Sunday’s schedule:

Special Tappings:
At Open: Nightmare on Brett (Port Barrel)

The Source is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

Game over man! Go home. Take a shower. Take another shower you filthy animal. The real world calls. Let the countdown to GABF 2016 begin.


By: Mark Robinson

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Great American Beer Festival 2015 – Friday Night in Pictures

Another amazing night at GABF.

Here’s a photo recap from a few of our favorite moments in the Festival Hall.

We’ll see you down there again today at the Awards Ceremony and Members Session.

Have fun!

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By: Mark Robinson

Photography: Patti Robinson

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