From the city, Revolution Brewing, Goose Island, Piece and newcomer 5 Rabbit each medalled, while Two Brothers of west suburban Warrenville and Northwest Indiana's Three Floyds also impressed the judges.
(Scroll down to learn more about how Chicago-area breweries measured up in Denver.)
According to NPR's food blog, The Salt, nearly 580 breweries vied for 254 medals in 84 different categories, including Herb and Spice Beer, Gluten-Free Beer and Experimental Beer, at the festival.
Here's how the GABF breaks down medalists:
- Gold: A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
- Silver: An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
- Bronze: A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.