Beer Man

Twelve new breweries and 87 total will represent Colorado at GABF

There will be 87 Colorado breweries pouring their stuff at the Great American Beer Festival this year, according to a full list of attending breweries released today by the Boulder-based Brewers Association. Amazingly, that roster includes a dozen brand-new breweries that either didn't exist at this time last year or opened too late to get in: Big Choice, Bootstrap, BRU, City Star, Echo, Elevation, Hogshead, Loveland Aleworks, River North, Shine, TRVE and Wit's End.

But are also a few noticeable absences, including Coopersmith's, Crooked Stave, Del Norte, Durango, Golden City and Grand Lake.

And a good number of spots were also filled by corporations or chains, including MillerCoors, which separately registered seven of its Colorado-based divisions; Rock Bottom, which will have five Colorado locations on tap at the festival; and CB & Potts, which has four.

The Great American Beer Festival will run October 11-13; tickets go on sale on August 2. There will be 84 categories this year, covering 135 beer styles.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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