2021 Great American Beer Festival: Check out a list of the Colorado winners

Denver’s Great American Beer Festival made a slight return to normal this year when the event’s signature awards ceremony took place in person, while the festival portion was canceled for the second year in a row.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, representatives of the Brewers Association returned to the Colorado Convention Center, along with a limited number of masked audience members, where they announced winners of the coveted medals from the nation’s most prestigious beer competition. The host state made a commendable showing.

Judges evaluated 9,680 beers from more than 2,000 breweries nationwide. Colorado beer-makers garnered 21 medals in a diverse range of categories, including historical beer and chili beer. Last year, Colorado won 26 medals during 2020’s virtual awards ceremony. Our Mutual Friend Brewing was the biggest Colorado winner with two medals, including one gold.

The Centennial State notably swept the American fruit beer category, which honored recipes from Lone Tree Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Co. and Crystal Springs Brewing Co. which took home bronze, silver and gold respectively.

See the full list of winners at greatamericanbeerfestival.com. Here’s a list of the 2021 Colorado winners:

Gold

American Fruit Beer — Blood Orange Kolsch, Crystal Springs Brewing Co., Louisville

Chili Beer — Humo y Espejos with Fuego!, Cerebral Brewing – Florence St., Aurora

Experimental India Pale Ale — Vladimir Brutin, Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, Golden

Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer — BJ’s Barrel Aged Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Boulder

Golden or Blonde Ale, Domestica, Ratio Beerworks, Denver

Australian Pale Ale — Inner Light, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Denver

American-Style Pale Ale — Stick’s Pale Ale, Bootstrap Brewing, Longmont

Silver

American Fruit Beer — Wild Raspberry Ale, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver

Fruit Wheat Beer — Blood Orange Wheat, Peak View Brewing Co., Greenwood Village

Chili Beer — Prescribed Burn, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango

Historical Beer — Silverbrick Norwegian Farmhouse, Strange Craft Beer Company, Denver

Mixed Culture Brett Beer — Biere Ovale, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Denver

American-Style Lager — Stampede, Avery Brewing Company, Boulder

English Ale — True Blonde Ale, Ska Brewing Company, Durango

Belgian-Style Sour Ale — Stay the Funk In, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver

Bronze

American Fruit Beer — Lone Tree Peach Ale, Lone Tree Brewing Co., Lone Tree

Experimental Beer — Skins, Amalgam Brewing, Denver

Historical Beer — Snowdrop, Grimm Brothers Brewing, Loveland

Gluten-Free Beer — Big Henry Hazy IPA, Holidaily Brewing Company, Golden

American-Style Brown Ale — Face Down Brown, Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride

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

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