ACBF Honors Excellence

Conner Finley with Oskar Blues Champion AwardChampion Award

Each year the ACBF also selects a recipient for our Champion Award. This awars honors an individual or organization that has provided extraordinary support of the ACBF and /or has made a significant contribution to the Colorado brewing industry.



Oskar Blues Named 2017 Champion Award Winner

The 2017 Champion Award winner is Oskar Blues. Oskar Blues has been the driving force behind canning for craft brewers, have provided their Silent Disco at the ACBF the past three years, and this year hosted the brewers for a Friday night party. Thank you Oskar Blues for your support of the ACBF and the Colorado brewing industry.


Each year, the ACBF conducts a formal judging of beers submitted by our brewers. In 2016, we judged 16 categories and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. We also awarded a best of show medal.

2017 Medal Winners

(Download PDF of winners.)

Best of Show: Paradox Beer Co. — Alchemy StonesParadox silver, gold, and best of show medals

English Pale & Brown Ales and Porters

  • Gold: Iron Bird Brewing Co. — Brown Badger ESB
  • Silver: 38 State Brewing Co. — Brown Porter
  • Bronze: Oskar Blues Brewery — Hotbox Coffee Porter


  • Gold: Tivoli Brewing Co. — Helles
  • Silver: Halfpenny Brewing Co. — Finsternis Schwarzbier
  • Bronze: Kokopelli Beer Co. — The Kaiser

Bocks, Scottish & Irish AlesKokopelli Medals

  • Gold: AC Golden Brewing Co. — Colorado Native Winterfest
  • Silver: Kokopelli Beer Co. — Blarney Stone
  • Bronze: Riff Raff Brewing Co. — Tilted Lass Strong Scotch Ale

Hybrid, German Wheat & Rye Beers

  • Gold: Blue Spruce Brewing Co. — Companion Cream Ale
  • Silver: Blue Spruce Brewing Co. — Laughing George Honey Kölsch
  • Bronze: Ute Pass Brewing Co. — 50 Mike’s Blonde Ale

American Ales

  • Gold: Odell Brewing Co. — Rupture Fresh Grind AleTivoli Medal
  • Silver: Smiling Toad Brewery — Callipygian Pale Ale
  • Bronze: none awarded


  • Gold: Colorado Plus Brew Pub — Milk & Cookies
  • Silver: Great Divide Brewing Co. — Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Bronze: Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project — Pure Imagination

IPAs: English, American & Double

  • Gold: Two22 Brew — Tessellation IPA
  • Silver: 38 State Brewing Co. — IPA
  • Bronze: Iron Bird Brewing Co. — Propaganda IPA

Specialty IPAs

  • Gold: Spice Trade Brewing Co. — Sun Temple IPAPikes Peak Medal
  • Silver: BJ’s Brewhouse — Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Bronze: BJ’s Brewhouse — Colorado Blonde Ale

Belgian & French Beers

  • Gold: Durango Brewing Co. — Derail Ale
  • Silver: Great Divide Brewing Co. — Colette Farmhouse Ale
  • Bronze: Kokopelli Beer Co. — See’n Dubbel

Strong Ales

  • Gold: Cerberus Brewing Co. — Great Big Umbrella Party Triple IPA
  • Silver: Avery Brewing Co. — Old Jubilation
  • Bronze: Great Divide Brewing Co. — Hibernation Ale

European Sour / American Wild Ales

  • Gold: Paradox Beer Co. — Alchemy StonesColorado Plus Medal
  • Silver: Paradox Beer Co. — Passion of the Fruit
  • Bronze: Something Brewery — Peach Creeper

Fruit Beers

  • Gold: Pikes Peak Brewing Co. — Beer 4 Boobies 2017
  • Silver: Launch Pad Brewery — Vulcan
  • Bronze: JAKs Brewing Co. — Raspberry Wheat

Smoke & Wood-Aged Beers

  • Gold: Cerberus Brewing Co. — Paradise Lost
  • Silver: Elevation Beer Co. — False Summit
  • Bronze: Tivoli Brewing Co. — Sigi’s Wildhorse Bock Style Ale

Specialty Beers

  • Gold: Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project — Little Nonsense
  • Silver: Spice Trade Brewing Co. — Chardonnay Barrel Eli’s Farmhouse Ale
  • Bronze: BJ’s Brewhouse — Kumquat Ale
  • Honorable Mention: Phantom Canyon — Johnson’s Farm

Spiced Beers

  • Gold: Soulcraft Brewing Co. — Coconut Milk Stout
  • Silver: Ska Brewing Co. — Autumnal Molé Stout
  • Bronze: JAKs Brewing Co. — Pumpkin Pie Cream Ale
  • Honorable Mention: Elevation Beer Co. — Señorita


  • Gold: Stem Ciders — Real Dry Apple Cider
  • Silver: Wild Cider — Agave Peach
  • Bronze: Stem Ciders — Raspberry Apple Cider

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