Monday Suds: Craft Beer Conference Denver

So last week, the Craft Brewer’s Conference hit Denver and the Colorado beer crowd was ready! With the number of beer releases, pairing dinners, and tap takeovers there was something to do every night.


I was lucky enough to be able to volunteer at the Pink Boots Society Annual meeting and meet some of the amazing women behind craft beer. With 185 women in the room, there was so much talent and energy! Hopefully someday, I will be able to be part of this group.


On Saturday night, the World Beer Cup Awards gala took place. I wasn’t lucky enough to attend but I was able to follow along on the live twitter feed. #CBC14 was trending on Facebook Saturday night! This is a much bigger deal than GABF with 58 countries and over 4700 beers involved. Out of the 94 categories, 24 Colorado breweries took home some hardware. Even our beloved Left Hand took an award for Sawtooth.

Check out the list of Colorado Winners:

Fruit Beer
Gold: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co., Denver
Silver: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora

Herb and Spice Beer
Bronze: Señorita, Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs

Chocolate Beer
Gold: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder

Coffee Beer
Gold: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder

Indigenous Beer
Gold: Wild and Crazy Rye, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder
Bronze: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mountain Man, Verboten Brewing, Loveland

American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener
Gold: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden
Bronze: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co., Golden

American-Style Amber Lager
Gold: Winterfest, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden

Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale
Silver: River Runners Pale Ale, Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista

French- and Belgian-Style Saison
Gold: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
Bronze: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver

Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
Silver: Deceit, Funkwerks, Fort Collins

Baltic-Style Porter
Silver: The Baltic Gnome, Rock Bottom – Denver, Denver

Ordinary or Special Bitter
Gold: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont

English-Style Brown Ale
Bronze: No Name, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs

Oatmeal Stout
Silver: Pure Imagination, Verboten Brewing, Loveland

British-Style Imperial Stout
Bronze: Weapon of Self Destruction Imperial Stout, Riff Raff Brewing Co., Pagosa Springs

Irish-Style Red Ale
Gold: George Killian’s Irish Red, Coors Brewing Co., Golden

Foreign-Style Stout
Bronze: Devil Dog Stout, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs

American-Style Pale Ale
Bronze: Featherweight Pale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden

American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Gold: Runoff, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Large Brewing Company
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO
Dr. David Ryder

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