2020 GABF is the first ever online event in its 39-year history in what is traditionally the country’s largest beer event.
DENVER – Colorado breweries took home 26 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) on Friday – their lowest move in 16 years, but still the second-highest total in any state in what is the very first online event ever in the 39-year-olds history in what is traditionally the country’s largest beer event.
Cannonball Creek Brewing of Golden and Denver Beer Co led with three medals each, and eight breweries won gold medals to designate the best beer made in each of 91
Colorado Brewers Guild CEO Shawnee Adelson praised the state’s performance, which only put it behind California (63) in terms of medals and ranked it ahead of Oregon (22), Washington (16) and Virginia (16). After a year in which the breweries suffered significant revenue losses and layoffs due to coronavirus and associated restrictions for patrons visiting the taproom, the Colorado nation reminded the nation of its brewing, Adelson said in a statement.
“With everything going on in 2020, Colorado breweries were still able to show up and brew world-class beers,” she said. “As always, I am very proud of the beer caliber made in Colorado. With the prices, we have shown that Colorado consistently brews high caliber beers. ”
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