Colorado Collects 21 medals at the Great American Beer Festival(R) Competition

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition drew in 9,680 entries from 2,192 breweries from across the United States, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is proudly honoring the 21 medals awarded to Colorado breweries, 20 of which are independent craft breweries, at the 2021 GABF competition.

“We continue to call ourselves the State of Craft Beer not only because of the outstanding beer our breweries make, but also for the number of beers and breweries that continue to be recognized at GABF awards,” says Shawnee Adelson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Colorado showed up and proved that we are consistent and diverse. Breweries in Colorado won awards for beers that have been brewed for over 25 years, such as Ska’s True Blonde and beers that have won multiple GABF and World Beer Cup awards, such as Stick’s from Bootstrap Brewing, Inner Light from Our Mutual Friend, Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing and Vladimer Brutin from Cannonball Creek.”

This year’s awards ceremony took place on Sept. 10 during the Craft Brewers Conference. Below is a list of notable wins from Colorado Brewers Guild member breweries:

  • Since opening in 2013 Cannonball Creek has medaled at GABF. They continue their 9-year streak this year with a gold medal in the Experimental India Pale Ale category for Vladimir Brutin, a beer that won bronze last year. For Cannonball Creek media requests, contact: or
  • Our Mutual Friend took home two medals, including a silver medal in the Mixed-Culture Brett Beer category for Biere Ovale and a gold medal for Inner Light in the Australian Pale Ale category, which also took bronze in 2020. To date, OMF has medaled six times at GABF
  • Strange Craft Beer Company collected their fifth medal with a silver Silverbrick Norwegian Farmhouse in the Historical Beer category
  • Peak View Brewing Co. out of Greenwood Village took home their first GABF medal with a silver for their Blood Orange Wheat in the Fruit Wheat Beer category

The full list of 2021 GABF winners can be be found here

“I am so proud of the quality and innovation that’s coming out of our Colorado craft brewing industry,” says Adelson. “Congratulations to all of the winners!”