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Where to Find Award-Winning Breweries Around Denver

Try last year’s best beers to prep for the 2017 Great American Beer Festival this weekend

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More than 60,000 beer drinkers this weekend will descend on Denver for the 36th annual Great American Beer Festival.

During three nights, festival attendees will have the chance to try nearly 4,000 beers from 800 breweries across the country. By Saturday winners of the world’s largest beer competition will be chosen from a boozy pool of some 8,000 entries. The GABF awards narrow down the country’s best beers in a given year across 160 styles.

For those gearing up for the weekend festivities, overwhelmed by the options, or just plain uninterested in that much beer tasting, last year’s medal winners are a good starting point for a self-guided tour of Denver-area breweries.

From Evergreen to Aurora, Fort Collins to Castle Rock, 26 Front Range breweries took home medals at the 2016 GABF. They range from Colorado classics, such as Coors, to startups, such as 14er, which has yet to open its brewhouse.

Seek them out while they’re still the reigning champions, and watch for an updated 2017 list to plan the next tour of GABF medal winners.

Breweries are listed from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

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5 Old Town Square
Fort Collins, CO 80524

One of the state’s oldest craft breweries, CooperSmith’s won bronze in 2016 for Not Brown, an English-style brown ale.

CooperSmith’s

2. Black Bottle Brewery

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1611 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Fort Collins’ brewpub Black Bottle took home silver for PDA, a Belgian-style tripel.

Black Bottle

3. Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project

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127 E 5th St
Loveland, CO 80537

Loveland-based Verboten took bronze for Little Nonsense, an oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Verboten

4. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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623 Denver Ave
Loveland, CO 80537

Grimm Brothers in Loveland won gold for its Little Red Cap, a German-style Altbier.

Grimm Brothers

5. Left Hand Brewing Co.

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1265 Boston Ave
Longmont, CO 80501

Fade to Black, Volume 1 won medals four times in GABF’s foreign export stout category; most recently it took home silver.

Left Hand Brewing

6. Echo Brewing Co.

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5969 Iris Pkwy
Frederick, CO 80530

Echo’s Erie location won gold for Tri-Town Brown, an English-style brown ale, while the original Frederick brewhouse won gold for Kirby Kölsch, a German golden ale.

Echo Brewing

7. Bootstrap Brewing Co.

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6778 N 79th St
Niwot, CO 80503

Bootstrap’s Stick’s Pale Ale earned a gold medal while a bronze went to Wreak Havoc imperial red.

Bootstrap Brewing

8. Upslope Brewing Co.

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1898 S Flatiron Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

Boulder’s Upslope won silver in 2016 for its American-style Upslope Brown Ale.

Upslope Brewing

9. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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1690 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301

The Boulder BJ’s location won a bronze medal in the historical beer category for its version of a Finnish Sahti, Wild & Crazy Rye.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

10. The Post Brewing Co.

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105 W Emma St
Lafayette, CO 80026

At the original Lafayette location, or in Denver on South Broadway, try The Post’s gold-medaled Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale, a classic saison.

11. Front Range Brewing Co.

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400 W South Boulder Rd #1650
Lafayette, CO 80026

Lafayett’e first brewery won silver for Piney Ridge, a medium-bodied, Munich-style Dunkel.

Front Range Brewing

12. 12Degree Brewing

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820 Main St
Louisville, CO 80027

Louisville’s 12Degree specializes in Belgian-inspired beers and took home bronze for Treachery, a Belgian-style strong specialty ale.

12Degree Brewing

13. 4 Noses Brewing Co.

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8855 W 116th Cir #4
Broomfield, CO 80021

In the pumpkin spice beer category, Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale reigns, with more than 10 pounds of pumpkin in each barrel and 7.7 percent alcohol in every glass.

4 Noses

14. Blue Moon Brewing Co.

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3750 Chestnut Pl
Denver, CO 80216

Blue Moon, which moved into its sprawling RiNo digs two years ago, garnered a silver medal for its fruit wheat beer Mango Wheat in 2016.

Blue Moon - RiNo Adam Larkey

15. Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.

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393 North Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

Two gold medals in 2016 went out to Golden’s Cannonball Creek for Solid Gold, a Belgian-style blonde ale, and Trump Hands, a session IPA.

Cannonball Creek

16. Coors Brewing Co.

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3777 McIntyre St
Golden, CO 80401

Coors Banquet lost only to Pabst Blue Ribbon in the American-style lager category, while Coors Light, an American-style light lager, secured the bronze.

Coors Brewing

17. Prost Brewing Co.

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2540 19th St
Denver, CO 80211

At Prost’s LoHi brewhouse or in the Fort Collins taproom, the Weißbier, a south German-style hefeweizen, is a silver-medal winner.

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18. 14er Brewing Co.

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2801 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

The RiNo-based brewery, which will open its brewhouse and taproom in early 2018, won gold in its first year of operation for Rocky Mtn Saison in the chili beer category.

14er Brewing

19. Denver Beer Co.

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1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

On Platte Street or in Olde Town Arvada, try the current saison on tap. Denver Beer Co. took gold last year for Drama Queen, a red wine barrel-aged saison.

Denver Beer Co

20. Fiction Beer Co.

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7101 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

These bookish Park Hill brewers took silver for Alternate Present, a German-Style Schwarzbier.

Fiction Beer Company

21. Cerebral Brewing

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1477 Monroe St
Denver, CO 80206

Cerebral took home a silver medal in its first year brewing for Dreamy Thing, a Brettanomyces beer fermented with house-grown yeast.

Cerebral Brewing

22. Baere Brewing Co.

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320 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

Baker’s tiny Baere Brewing won bronze for its flagship Saison, a classic saison.

Baere Brewing

23. El Rancho Brewing Co.

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29260 US-40
Evergreen, CO 80439

Evergreen’s El Rancho took home the gold in 2016 for a historical beer, the Finnish Sahti Valhalla. Evergreen brews this farmhouse ale with barley, oats, and rye, then flavors its with juniper berries and fermented with baker’s yeast.

El Rancho Brewing

24. Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

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1338 S Valentia St #100
Denver, CO 80247

Copper Kettle’s Blond, a sessionable Belgian-style ale, won gold last year. Also try the gold-medaled Mexican Chocolate Stout.

Copper Kettle

25. Dry Dock Brewing Co. — South Dock

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15120 E Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014

Decade-old Dry Dock took silver for its Aurora-brewed Munich-style Helles.

Dry Dock

26. Rockyard American Grill & Brewing Co.

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880 Castleton Rd
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Warning Sign, a 12 percent ABV German-style Eisbock, brought in a gold medal for this Castle Rock brewery, which collaborated on the project.

Rockyard Brewing

1. Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO 80524
CooperSmith’s

One of the state’s oldest craft breweries, CooperSmith’s won bronze in 2016 for Not Brown, an English-style brown ale.

5 Old Town Square
Fort Collins, CO 80524

2. Black Bottle Brewery

1611 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Black Bottle

Fort Collins’ brewpub Black Bottle took home silver for PDA, a Belgian-style tripel.

1611 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

3. Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project

127 E 5th St, Loveland, CO 80537
Verboten

Loveland-based Verboten took bronze for Little Nonsense, an oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels.

127 E 5th St
Loveland, CO 80537

4. Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO 80537
Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers in Loveland won gold for its Little Red Cap, a German-style Altbier.

623 Denver Ave
Loveland, CO 80537

5. Left Hand Brewing Co.

1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
Left Hand Brewing

Fade to Black, Volume 1 won medals four times in GABF’s foreign export stout category; most recently it took home silver.

1265 Boston Ave
Longmont, CO 80501

6. Echo Brewing Co.

5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO 80530
Echo Brewing

Echo’s Erie location won gold for Tri-Town Brown, an English-style brown ale, while the original Frederick brewhouse won gold for Kirby Kölsch, a German golden ale.

5969 Iris Pkwy
Frederick, CO 80530

7. Bootstrap Brewing Co.

6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO 80503
Bootstrap Brewing

Bootstrap’s Stick’s Pale Ale earned a gold medal while a bronze went to Wreak Havoc imperial red.

6778 N 79th St
Niwot, CO 80503

8. Upslope Brewing Co.

1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301
Upslope Brewing

Boulder’s Upslope won silver in 2016 for its American-style Upslope Brown Ale.

1898 S Flatiron Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

9. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

1690 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

The Boulder BJ’s location won a bronze medal in the historical beer category for its version of a Finnish Sahti, Wild & Crazy Rye.

1690 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301

10. The Post Brewing Co.

105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO 80026

At the original Lafayette location, or in Denver on South Broadway, try The Post’s gold-medaled Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale, a classic saison.

105 W Emma St
Lafayette, CO 80026

11. Front Range Brewing Co.

400 W South Boulder Rd #1650, Lafayette, CO 80026
Front Range Brewing

Lafayett’e first brewery won silver for Piney Ridge, a medium-bodied, Munich-style Dunkel.

400 W South Boulder Rd #1650
Lafayette, CO 80026

12. 12Degree Brewing

820 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027
12Degree Brewing

Louisville’s 12Degree specializes in Belgian-inspired beers and took home bronze for Treachery, a Belgian-style strong specialty ale.

820 Main St
Louisville, CO 80027

13. 4 Noses Brewing Co.

8855 W 116th Cir #4, Broomfield, CO 80021
4 Noses

In the pumpkin spice beer category, Pump Action Imperial Pumpkin Ale reigns, with more than 10 pounds of pumpkin in each barrel and 7.7 percent alcohol in every glass.

8855 W 116th Cir #4
Broomfield, CO 80021

14. Blue Moon Brewing Co.

3750 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216
Blue Moon - RiNo Adam Larkey

Blue Moon, which moved into its sprawling RiNo digs two years ago, garnered a silver medal for its fruit wheat beer Mango Wheat in 2016.

3750 Chestnut Pl
Denver, CO 80216

15. Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.

393 North Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80403
Cannonball Creek

Two gold medals in 2016 went out to Golden’s Cannonball Creek for Solid Gold, a Belgian-style blonde ale, and Trump Hands, a session IPA.

393 North Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

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16. Coors Brewing Co.

3777 McIntyre St, Golden, CO 80401
Coors Brewing

Coors Banquet lost only to Pabst Blue Ribbon in the American-style lager category, while Coors Light, an American-style light lager, secured the bronze.

3777 McIntyre St
Golden, CO 80401

17. Prost Brewing Co.

2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211
Brewtography Project

At Prost’s LoHi brewhouse or in the Fort Collins taproom, the Weißbier, a south German-style hefeweizen, is a silver-medal winner.

2540 19th St
Denver, CO 80211

18. 14er Brewing Co.

2801 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
14er Brewing

The RiNo-based brewery, which will open its brewhouse and taproom in early 2018, won gold in its first year of operation for Rocky Mtn Saison in the chili beer category.

2801 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

19. Denver Beer Co.

1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Denver Beer Co

On Platte Street or in Olde Town Arvada, try the current saison on tap. Denver Beer Co. took gold last year for Drama Queen, a red wine barrel-aged saison.

1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

20. Fiction Beer Co.

7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Fiction Beer Company

These bookish Park Hill brewers took silver for Alternate Present, a German-Style Schwarzbier.

7101 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

21. Cerebral Brewing

1477 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206