Over two sessions, 2,803 beer fanatics sampled over 175 beers from 66 brewers at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center.
The best news is that those guests helped the All Colorado Beer Festival raise enough money to make donations to local non-profit organizations estimated at over $50,000. (See Beneficiaries)
Over 90 beers were judged in 10 categories at the 7th All Colorado Beer Festival. Teams of BJCP judges examined each entry against its style guidelines. After 3 1/2 intense hours the judges reached their discussions and announced the winners. Pictured are the Pug Ryan’s representatives with their European Lager Gold and Best of Show medals.
FRUIT, HERB & SPICE BEERS
- Gold – Eddyline – Pumpkin Patch Ale
- Silver – Rock Bottom – Silver Mullet
- Bronze – Epic – Brainless on Peaches
OTHER SPECIALTY BEERS
- Gold – Pikes Peak – Penrose Private Reserve 1302
- Silver – Odessey Beerwerks – Perpetual Darkness
- Bronze – Bonfire – Tent Pole Barrel Aged Whiskey Vanilla Porter
AMERICAN LAGERS & ALES
- Gold – Durango – American Style Dark Lager
- Silver – Coors – Banquet
- Bronze – Ska – True Blonde Ale
- Gold – Pug Ryan’s - Dead Eye Dunkel
- Silver – Copper Kettle – Bavarian Helles
- Bronze – Phantom Canyon – Omar Santiago
- Gold – Durango – American Style Pale Ale
- Silver – AC Golden - IPA (India Pale Lager)
- Bronze – Front Range – TrHOPical Illusion
FRESH HOP & INDIA PALE ALES
- Gold – New Belium – Rampant Imperial IPA
- Silver – Dry Dock – Hop Abomination
- Bronze – Yak & Yeti – Himilayan IPA
AMBER, RED & BROWN ALES
- Gold – Black Bottle – Ginger
- Silver – Kannah Creek – Amber Ale
- Bronze – Front Range – ALTitude Red Ale
BELGIAN & SAISON BEERS
- Gold – Gravity Brewing Company – Mendacious
- Silver – River North – J. Marie
- Bronze – Elevation - IV Belgian Quad
PORTERS & STOUTS
- Gold – Bristol – Winter Warlock
- Silver – Rock Bottom – Despotic
- Bronze – Rockyard – Lightening Strike Stout
STRONG BEERS & ALES
- Gold – Verboten – I’m Alright Jack
- Silver – River North - Barrel Reserve 2014
- Bronze – Great Divide – Hibernation
BEST OF SHOW
- Pug Ryan’s – Dead Eye Dunkel
We started setting up the festival venue on Wednesday afternoon. The tables and pipe and drape were all installed by 5:00. On Thursday we started installing tapping equipment for our 67 brewers. At 3:30 we counted taps and came up six taps short! After some quick phone calls and a little rearrangement we ended up with just the right number. Today, we dropped our beer tubs and laid out our pitchers and dump buckets. Oops, we forgot to recalculate the number of pitchers with all the new brewers. A quick trip to our rental company yielded an extra 60 pitchers and we are good to go. Judging also grew. We have over 90 beers being judged this year. Brewers started arriving at noon and dropped off kegs of beer to fill two refrigerated trailers.
Tomorrow will be a big day. Current counts show almost 2,200 tickets sold for the two sessions. VIP and Early Entry tickets are long gone. Only a few hundred general admission tickets remain for each session. While we do sell any available tickets at the door, we may be sold out before the doors open. We recommend that you get your tickets now and avoid the disappointment of a sold out session. TICKETS
This year the All Colorado Beer Festival will feature two great bands: Jake and the Snakes and Goya.
Jake and the Snakes will play during the afternoon session. They are made up of three generations of musicians and have been performing around the Colorado Springs area for two years with front man Tim Langness on lead guitar, and his son Jake Langness on rhythm guitar. They have been playing together for 20 years. Recently they added Kevin Rupejko on bass guitar and Jake’s sons Joey and Justin on percussion helping them form a new color to the sound. Preferring smaller, more intimate audiences, they mostly play breweries and community benefits. Jake and the Snakes cover Rock and Blues songs, performing the best of the past with artists like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix and more recent artists like Everlast and Coldplay.
Goya will be featured for the evening session. When it comes to cover-band origin stories, Goya’s is as unusual as its repertoire. A kind of local super-group, the band brings together members of hard rockers Sanguine Addiction, -itis, and Last Supper. Goya originated as an impromptu band that original guitarist Craig Soderberg put together for a different kind of open mic night. ”He was going for a thing called ‘Bandeoke’ at Union Station with a band who’d have singers come up and do karaoke with them,” says Dave Zahara, who would take over guitar duties in Goya after Soderberg moved to Maui. “And Josh [Lanier] was one of the guys who went up there and sang some really crazy stuff. Mötley Crüe, Guns N Roses, Skid Row etc.” Goya has also played full tribute sets as Pantera and AC/DC. Meanwhile, their regular repertoire continues to expand. Look them up at www.facebook.com/goyaband for show dates and info.
Dry Dock Brewing was one of the most decorated brewers at this year’s Great American Beer Festival taking home five medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze. Dry Dock will pour four beers on the All Colorado Festival floor plus one more in the VIP Zone:
- Dry Dock Apricot Blonde - Misty golden blonde, titanium white lacing. Bright, crisp, ripe apricot. Prickly carbonation, round fruit flavor, honey. 5.1% ABV, 17 IBU
- Hop Abomination IPA - A hoppy warship of an IPA. Massive amounts of floral, citrus and tropical hop flavors lurk beneath ivory whitecaps, swirling amid glowing golden seas, waiting to conquer your palate with their bitte rdeliciousness. Our take on an American favorite. 6.5% ABV, 70 IBU
- Dry Dock Amber Ale - A sun-kissed amber with an ivory head. Toast, biscuits, and walnuts in the nose. Rich malt, mild bitterness, earthy. 5.8% ABV, 49 IBU
- Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Light straw, cloud-white head, unfiltered. Banana, hint of clove. Refreshingly effervescent, light-bodied, tart finish. 4.3% ABV, 12 IBU
- Dry Dock Pumpkin Ale (VIP ZONE) - 5.5% ABV 17 IBU
The VIP tickets for both sessions of the All Colorado Beer Festival are SOLD OUT!
We still have availability for Early Entry tickets at both sessions, but they are going fast. Claim your opportunity to beat the crowd – Early Entry ticket holders get in an hour early to sample without lines.
General Admission tickets are still available as well. We generally have GA tickets available at the door, but this year is unlike any previous festival. With 64 brewers and 170 beers on the floor, we may sell out before the doors open. Don’t find yourself on the outside looking in.
Thirty-three Colorado brewers won 46 medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, second only to California with 52. Colorado brewers won 19 gold medals (California had just 16). Colorado also won for the best Brewpub Group: Rockbottom, and best large brewing company: Sandlot.
The best news is that 18 of these award-winning brewers will be serving up their beers at the All Colorado Beer Festival:
- AC Golden
- Blue Moon
- Bull & Bush
- CB & Potts
- Dry Dock (five medals!)
- Great Divide
- Grimm Brothers
- New Belgium
- Rockbottom (four medals!)
- Twisted Pine
- Yak & Yeti
Don’t miss your chance to sample beer from these medal-winning brewers including many of their GABF medal-winning brews.
Great Divide Brewing Company will bring four of their beers to pour on the main floor at the All Colorado Beer Festival.
- Colette is Great Divide’s homage to the saisons that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats — a beer as refreshing as it is complex. (7.3% ABV)
- Hibernation has been Great Divide’s celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character. (8.7% ABV)
- Yeti is Great Divide’s base imperial stout. It is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. Yeti gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs. One of Great Divide’s Yeti series won gold at this year’s GABF. (9.5% ABV)
- Titan IPA is a big, aggressively hopped India Pale Ale brewed for hop disciples. It starts out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors, and finishes with a nice rich, malty sweetness that is balanced with crisp hop bitterness. (7.1% ABV)
Get your tickets now and enjoy these Great Divide beers at the All Colorado Beer Festival.