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.
The Logan Square brewery notched a gold and bronze medal in the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. The Cross of Gold brew won top prize in the English-style summer ale category while A Little Crazy pulled down bronze in the category of American-Belgo-style ale.
The venerable Goose Island Beer Co. won a gold medal in the category for English-style IPA for its India Pale Ale.
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery's The Weight won a silver medal in the American-style pale ale category.
The South Side's 5 Rabbit won a bronze medal for its 5 Lizard in the fruit wheat beer category.
Three Floyds in the Chicagoland suburb of Munster, Ind. won bronze for its Zombie Dust brew in the category of American-style pale ale.
Two Brothers Brewing Company from suburban Warrenville won two medals: Silver in the South German-style hefeweizen category for its Ebel's Weiss and bronze for its Domaine DuPage brew in the Belgian- and French-style ale category.