It’s that time of year when the temperature drops, the leaves fall, and Denverites swig the best brews in the state at the annual Great American Beer Festival. Kudos to the lucky attendees who were able to snag a ticket to this year’s smorgasbord. For everyone else, we’ve compiled a list of 2013 local medalists—so you’re able to sip award-winning beers away from the chaos of GABF. Peruse (and imbibe) at your leisure.
Category: American-Style Stout
Brewery: Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, Golden
Description: This full-bodied stout incorporates the style’s chocolate and coffee aromas, but is also brewed with citrusy hop flavors.
Category: American-Style Wheat Beer
Brewery: Wiley Roots Brewing Company, Greeley
Beer: Super 77 Wheat
Description: This somewhat dry and slightly fruity wheat beer goes down easy.
Brewery: SandLot Brewery, Denver
Beer: The Goat Rancher
Description: This Coors Field brewery—which also took home the title of Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year in 2013—uses German pilsner malt, German hops, and a house-made lager yeast strain to produce this Bock.
Category: Chocolate Beer
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Co., Fort Collins
Beer: The Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Description: This delicious brew is made with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and a dash of cayenne, to create a flavor reminiscent of a chocolate bar.
Category: Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Brewery: Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins
Beer: 5 Barrel Pale Ale
Description: The 5 Barrel is infused with fresh whole hop flowers and four hop additions while it’s boiling in the kettle, which produce a fresh hop aroma.
Category: English-Style India Pale Ale
Brewery: Dry Dock Brewing Company North Dock, Aurora
Beer: USS Enterprise IPA
Description: A well-balanced IPA.
Category: English-Style Summer Ale
Brewery: Ska Brewing Company, Durango
Beer: True Blonde Ale
Description: A crisp blonde ale that includes bready malts, tangy wheat, and citrus hop flavors.
Category: European-Style Dunkel
Brewery: Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Beer: The Fearless Youth
Description: A medium-bodied brew with a malty, bread-like aroma and notes of caramel, chocolate, and biscuits.
Category: Foreign-Style Stout
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont
Beer: Fade to Black Volume 1
Description: A dark beer with licorice, espresso bean, molasses, and black cardamom notes.
Category: German-Style Wheat Ale
Brewery: Steamworks Brewing Company, Durango
Beer: Slam Dunkel
Description: An unfiltered German-style dark wheat beer with flavors of clove and banana.
Category: Gluten-Free Beer
Brewery: New Planet Beer, Boulder
Beer: Gluten-Free Brown Ale
Description: This rich brew combines coffee and chocolate flavors with cinnamon and vanilla notes.
Category: Herb and Spice Beer
Brewery: Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub, multiple locations
Beer: Chai Milk Stout
Description: A dessert beer with a house-made blend of Chai tea spices.
Category: Imperial Stout
Brewery: Renegade Brewing Company, Denver
Beer: Hammer and Sickle
Description: A Russian brew filled with flavors of vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Category: Irish-Style Red Ale
Brewery: Colorado Boy Brewing Company, Ridgway
Beer: Colorado Boy Irish Ale
Description: A classic red ale with hints of caramel, toffee, and buttery tones.
Category: Old Ale or Strong Ale
Brewery: City Star Brewing, Berthoud
Beer: Mule Kick
Description: A winter warmer brewed with wildflower honey.