2020 GABF is the first online event in 39 years of history at the country’s largest traditional beer event.
DENVER – Colorado breweries took home 26 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) on Friday – their lowest handling in 16 years but also the second-highest number of any state in the first- first online event in 39 years history in what is the country’s largest traditional beer event.
Golden Cannonball Creek Brewing and Denver Beer Co. topped every medal, and eight breweries won gold medals to indicate the best beer made in every 91different styles. And as the Denver- and Boulder-area breweries led the number of awards as before, honors spread this year from Steamboat Springs to Crested Butte to Colorado Springs.
Colorado Brewers Guild Executive Director Shawnee Adelson praised the state performance, which was placed just behind California (63) in terms of the medal and ranked it first in Oregon (22), Washington (16) and Virginia (16). After a year in which breweries suffered huge losses and revenue cuts due to coronavirus and related restrictions on patrons visiting taprooms, Colorado reminded the nation about doing so, Adelson told a statement.
“In all that is happening by 2020, Colorado breweries are still able to present and brew world class beer,” he said. “As always, I am very proud of the caliber of beer made in Colorado. With the rewards, we have shown that Colorado continues to place high-caliber beer.”
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