At this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) we spent time at the Thursday night session enjoying many beers from around the country. There were a lot of highlights - too many to drink! We focused mostly on beers from out of state breweries that are hard to find in Colorado, but of course couldn’t resist some of our go-to local favorites. Some of the notable highlights outside of Colorado were: Cigar City Brewing’s Good Gourd with a good mix of spices like Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar clove and nutmeg; Sweetwater Brewing’s 420 Extra Pale Ale with a very upfront hop character and crisp drinkable finish; Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers is a tried and true treat with malty overtones of chocolate and cherry; and Elysian Brewing’s The Wise ESB was a very balanced beer between the malt and hop. Overall, we very much enjoyed everything that breweries from outside of Colorado had to bring to the table.
That said, we want to celebrate and bring attention to the winners from the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado area that won medals at this year’s GABF, and highly recommend visiting these spots when you can. Congratulations to all who won this year, thanks for representing Northern Colorado, and you’ll be seeing us and others hopefully sooner than later.
Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern (Fort Collins, CO) – “Oktoberfest” (Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest)
Wiley Roots Brewing Co. (Greeley, CO) – “Super 77 Wheat” (American-Style Wheat Beer)
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland, CO) – “Fearless Youth” (European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel)
WeldWerks Brewing Co. (Greeley, CO) – “WeldWerks Hefeweizen” (American-Style Wheat Beer w/ Yeast)
Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins, CO) – “Friar Chuck” (German-Style Kölsch)
City Star Brewing (Berthoud, CO) – “Night Watchman” (Robust Porter)
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland, CO) – “Snow Drop” (Historical Beer)