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Left to right: Jess Guidotti, Jess Coyle and Jess Robertson having fun at this year’s GABF. (Great American Beer Festival photo by Andrew Doyle)

Some of the country’s best brewers are in Boulder County

We really didn’t need proof that some of the country’s best brewers are right here in Boulder County—but we’ll gladly take it.

Local breweries garnered nine medals in the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, including three golds. A competition of national renown, the GABF has been a Denver tradition every fall since 1982. The festival is attended by thousands of hops aficionados, so winning a medal is no small deal. Check the list below to see if your favorite neighborhood watering hole made it to the podium.

12Degree Brewing in Louisville
Bronze for Treachery in the Belgian-Style
Strong Specialty Ale category

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery in Boulder
Bronze for Wild & Crazy Rye in the Historical
Beer category

Bootstrap Brewing Company in Niwot
Gold for Stick’s Pale Ale in the American-Style
or International-Style Pilsner category and a Bronze for Wreak Havoc in the Imperial Red
Ale category

Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel in Erie
Gold for Tri-Town Brown in the English-Style
Brown Ale category

Front Range Brewing Co. in Lafayette
Silver for Piney Ridge Dunkel in the European-Style
Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel category

Lefthand Brewing Co. in Longmont
Silver for Fade to Black, Volume 1 in the
Export Stout category

The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette
Gold for Achtertuin Seizoen in the Classic
Saison category

Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder
Silver for Upslope Brown Ale in the American-Style
Brown Ale category

—Haley Gray