So, you haven’t had enough beer festivaling? We suggest you drive north next week on Thursday and visit the Chef & Brew festival. We attended the past two years and will attend again this year. It is just great. Great beer AND great food. Twenty brewers are paired with 20 chefs. You get a taster glass and spend hours tasting the food and beer pairings. Heaven!
But the tickets are limited and going fast.
Jimmy Johns was not an official sponsor of the All Colorado Beer Festival. That’s why it came as such a special surprise when Jared Ursey from the Fillmore Street Jimmy Johns showed up at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center volunteer entrance with 100 mini sandwiches for us to share with our volunteers. He didn’t ask for any acknowledgement. He didn’t even leave his name. When we asked why he was doing this he just said “Jimmy Johns does this from time to time to help out.” Thank you Jimmy Johns for this special treat. We hope everyone will stop by the Fillmore Jimmy Johns and give Jared a shout out.
Late Saturday night after all the guests had departed, Travis Flett, the New Belgium beer ranger, drew the lucky tickets for door prizes from the Frisbee Golf booth.
Two very lucky winners were presented with the first and second prizes: a New Belgium Fat Tire Bike and a New Belgium/ACBF logo snowboard from Hoverboard Promotions.
Well, it’s 10:00 and the curtain comes down on another successful All Colorado Beer Festival. Thank you to everyone who came to the festival. Your participation helps us raise the money to donate to our beneficiaries. Of course, we couldn’t do it without the brewers who generously provide the beer. We hope you had time to visit the Oskar Blues Silent Disco and our great food vendors. We will see you next year on November 7, 2015.
As the evening session of the All Colorado Beer Festival crosses the halfway point, we thought you might like to have a quick walk around the festival floor.
Anyone who drinks beer in Colorado Springs and hankers for a special beer from somewhere in the US or around the world knows that they should stop in at Coaltrain Wine & Liquor and Austin Sherwood will be able to find it or get it. But, did you know that Coaltrain has been a longtime supporter of the All Colorado Beer Festival sponsoring the VIP Zone with both cash and the donation of kegs of specialty beers.
In recognition of their support of both the All Colorado Beer Festival and the Colorado brewing industry, we are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the ACBF Champion Award is Coaltrain Wine & Liquor. Congratulations to Peggy McKinlay, Jim Little, and Austin Sherwood.
The All Colorado Beer Festival expanded its judging event to twelve categories this year. The judging team consisted of teams of BJCP certified judges including two Grand National judges and four National judges. The team was confronted with nearly 150 beers across the twelve categories with the daunting task of selecting gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in each category. The results are in and here they are. (Download a printable copy of the winners.)
2014 Medal Winners
Category 1 – Lagers
Gold – Yak & Yeti – Nameste Pilsner, Silver – Eddyline – Kickin’ Back Amber Lager, Bronze – Eddyline – Jolly Roger Black Lager
Category 2 – Bock, Scottish & Irish Ales
Gold – Oskar Blues – Old Chub Nitro, Silver – Bristol – Laughing Lab Scottish Ale, Bronze – Ute Pass – Kick Back Irish Red
Category 3 – Hybrid, German Wheat & Rye
Gold – Living the Dream – Alt Bier, Silver – Odyssey – Heliocentric, Bronze – Phantom Canyon – Red Sparks
Category 4 – American Ales
Gold – Upslope – Brown Ale, Silver – Elk Mountain – Ute Bill Pale Ale, Bronze – Ute Pass – Live the Dream Pale Ale
Category 5 – Brown Ale, Porter & Stout
Gold – Craftworks/Rockbottom – Wrong Trousers, Silver – Bonfire – Tent Pole, Bronze – Verboten – Pure Imagination
Category 6 – India Pale Ale
Gold – Odell – IPA, Silver – Shamrock – Big Popa IIPA, Bronze – Living the Dream – Imperial IPA
Category 7 – Belgian, French & Sour Ales
Gold – River North – River North White, Silver – New Belgium – Le Terroir, Bronze – Pikes Peak – Penrose Private Reserve 1302
Category 8 – Strong Ales
Gold – Manitou – MBC Belgian Dark Strong, Silver – Nano 108 – Belgian Triple, Bronze – Elevation – Arete Barley Wine
Category 9 – Fruit Beer
Gold – Dry Dock – Apricot Blonde, Silver – Yak & Yeti – Gluten Free Apple Ale,, Bronze – Bonfire – Gluten Free Raspberry
Category 10 – Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beer
Gold – Boulder Beer – Shake Chocolate Porter, Silver – Upslope – Pumpkin Ale, Bronze – Twisted Pine – Billy’s Chili
Category 11 – Smoke & Wood-Aged Beer
Gold – Paradox – Old Kintucky Common, Silver – Elevation – Signal de Botrange, Bronze – Copper Kettle – Sobremesa
Category 12 – Specialty Beer
Gold – Shamrock – Death by Coconut Chocolate Porter, Silver – BJ’s Brewhouse – Cascadian Dark Ale, Bronze – Smiling Toad – Lavender
Best of Show
Odell – IPA
Last Call. Last Pour. The first session is over. The afternoon session sold out. From the number of high fives on the way out of the venue, we are pretty sure folks had a great time.