By: Kaarina Robson

Photo by: John Robson

We are proud of our NoCo breweries that medaled this year at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF)! Check out the winning beers and categories here.


CooperSmith’s: Punjabi Pale Ale: Gold – English-Style India Pale Ale. The 1990 original has a big malty body and Cascade hop aroma and flavor. Centennial hops were added to lend to an American style.

Funkwerks: Saison: Gold – Classic Saison. This flagship Saison tastes of tangerine, passion fruit, lemon verbena, ginger and black pepper and is always available on tap.

Jessup Farm Barrel House: Fancy Pants V4: Gold – Brett Beer. Variations to the three beers in this series evolve with each batch. V4 was a blend of 100% Brett fermented oak-aged IPA and pale ale, fermented with house ale yeast, then dry-hopped with Eukaunot and Galaxy hops. V5 is oak-aged IPA, dry-hopped with Amarillo and Eukuanot hops. V6 will be ready right before Christmas.

WeldWerks Brewing Co.: Medianoche: Gold – Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout. The 13.9% ABV 17 month bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, sold fast and furious. Luckily, there is a Medianoche Series, including Vanilla and Rum Double Barrel versions. Check their Facebook page for availability and future events.

Wiley Roots: Galaxy Dry Hopped Funk Yo Couch: Gold – Mixed-Culture Brett Beer. This tart farmhouse Saison is fermented with wild brett and dry hopped with over one lb per barrel of Australian Galaxy hops.

Black Bottle Brewery: Lichtenhainer Sour Ale: Silver – Pro-Am.  Brewed with Daniel Tomkins of Laramie, this historic German style oak-smoked sour ale is made with wheat malt and is only 4.0% ABV.

C.B. & Potts: Big Horn Hefeweizen: Silver – South German-Style Hefeweizen. Characteristically cloudy with notes of clove and banana, this flagship beer is always on tap.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse: Little Red Cap: Bronze – German-Style Altbier. The Dusseldorf style uses specialty malts and top-notch European and American hops, resulting in a sweet, red hue with notes of chocolate, caramel and toasted bread crusts.

Loveland Aleworks: 5th Anniversary Tequila Sour: Bronze – Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour. This sour ale was brewed for their annual July Fest of Ale with assistance from the Larimer Humane Society. A blend of two golden sours and their flagship Saison was aged in a tequila barrel. This was a quick sell out, so stay tuned for a potential special release.

Odell Brewing Co: Eluxansis: Bronze – Pro-Am. Home brewer Mark Boelman authored the brown ale base beer, with chocolate malt and oats. Raspberries were added and then aged for nine months in former Friek storing American oak barrels. Described by their taste panel as almost sessionable (for a sour), flavors of cherry cordials, light marzipan, apricot, raspberry, oaky, nutty, and a hint of roastiness, well loved, it disappeared quickly!

Try these November releases:


Horse & Dragon Brewing CompanySeasonal Rum-Barrel Aged Coconut Porter (pictured) and the winter warmer, H&D Snug Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale are back. HopSweeper is a new hoppy Imperial IPA, which allowed new brewer Josh to play with the hops he inherited.

Old Colorado Brewing Co.Look for two new original owner Grandpa Neckel’s recipes: Platte River Pale Ale, a refreshing ale with a hint of Munich malt, balanced with Perle, Columbus and Fuggle hops, and Gem’s Red Ale, a crisp, ruby-red ale finished with Fuggle hops.

Soul Squared Brewing CompanyThis month’s CSA beer Acorn Squash, an American Amber Ale, is brewed with 100 lbs of roasted squash and fresh wet Chinook Hops from CSU’s indoor hop growing project. Also releasing is a Gluten-reduced Kolsch, a traditional German-style ale.


Kaarina Robson is the founder of Cheers United special events, where she coordinates VIP brewery tour experiences for professional groups. Find her at or Instagram @cheers.united         

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