Brewing, Cideries & Spirits  September 26, 2023

Boulder Valley brewers draped in glory after Great American Beer Fest

DENVER — Brewers in the Boulder Valley, particularly in Longmont, proved at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend that the region remains a beer powerhouse.

Longmont’s Wibby Brewing had the most to celebrate, winning the Brewery and Brewer of the Year award in the 5,001 to 15,000 barrels division.

  • Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder won a silver in the Belgian Fruit Beer category for its Island Rascal, and took home a gold in the Belgian-Style Witbier division with its White Rascal.
  • Westbound & Down Brewing Co.’s Lafayette brewery won a bronze in the American Cream Ale category with The Coloradan and a silver in New Zealand India Pale Ale with Spirit of the West.
  • Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. in Lafayette took home the silver in American Pilsner with its Cerveza Mecanica.
  • Knuckle Puck Brewing in Longmont was awarded the gold in the American Amber/Red Ale category with its Blown Tire.
  • Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Co. took home the gold in English Mild or Bitter with its Sawtooth Ale offering.
  • Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant, also in Longmont, won the silver medal in Experimental India Pale Ale for its Forager IPA.
  • The Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont was awarded a bronze medal in Scotch Ale for Old Chub Scotch Ale.
  • Bootstrap Brewing Co. in Longmont took home gold in the Strong Red Ale division with Wreak Havoc.
  • In addition to its Brewery of the Year title, Longmont’s Wibby Brewing Co. won a gold in the American Pilsner division with its Wibby Jibby. 

Dallas Heltzell

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Dallas Heltzell
Dallas has been with BizWest since 2012 and in Colorado since 1979, having worked at the Longmont Times-Call, Colorado Springs Gazette, Denver Post and Public News Service. A Missouri native and Mizzou School of Journalism grad, Dallas started as a sports writer and outdoor columnist at the St. Charles (Mo.) Banner-News, then went to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before fleeing the heat and humidity for the Rockies. He's a proud St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers fan and Longmonter who loves the outdoors, good restaurants, our Northern Colorado mountain communities, his big backyard and living in a region that's the country's most exciting place to be a business reporter.

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