Colorado beer was in fine form at the Great COntenders kick-off event

Dozens and dozens of Colorado breweries will send hundreds of beers to the judges this week at the Great American Beer Festival, and to wish them good luck, the Wynkoop Brewing Company held a kick-off party last night.

The Great COntenders, part of Denver Beer Fest, included 61 beers from 22 breweries, including some that aren't always found on the beer festival circuit.

Pints Pub was in the house, for instance, a brewery that Wynkoop spokesman Marty Jones says almost never takes its beer outside its location on 13th Avenue.

Also in attendance were Central City's Dostal Alley, Golden's Golden City Brewing, Dillon's Pug Ryan's, and Denver's newest beer maker, Strange Brewing.

And judging from the beers they served, some of the smaller guys may give Colorado heavyweights like Odell, Avery, New Belgium and Great Divide, a run for their money.

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