Colorado Breweries Take Home 9 Medals in 2012 US Open Beer Championship

You may be wondering why beer competitions exist outside of the Great American Beer Festival in the US… and I’d otherwise agree with you.  However, the US Open Beer Championship is a little different.  It is the only beer competition to pit professional breweries and award-winning homebrewers against each other in the same class.  Over 1,650 beers were entered into 65 categories.  Nine medals sounds like a particularly weak showing by our great beer state, but I wasn’t able to confirm how many Colorado breweries actually entered the competition.  You can view the complete list of winners here and below are those won by Colorado breweries.


Imperial IPA

BRONZE – Incredible Hop Imperial IPA – Fort Collins Brewery


Strong Scottish Ale

SILVER – Old Chub Scotch Ale – Oskar Blues


American Amber/Red

SILVER – Red Banshee – Fort Collins Brewery


American IPA

BRONZE – Deviant Dale’s IPA – Oskar Blues


American Brown Ale

BRONZE – Flash Back India Brown Ale – Boulder Beer Company



SILVER – B3K – Wynkoop Brewing


American Specialty Wheat

SILVER – Haystack Wheat – Left Hand Brewing


Coffee Beer

GOLD – Big Shot Espresso Stout – Twisted Pine Brewing


Out of Bounds Pale Ale

GOLD – Silverback Pale Ale – Wynkoop Brewing

About Sean Buchan

Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.