Raise a pint for Chicago-area breweries. Six of Chicagoland's artisans of ale medaled in the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, which wrapped Sunday.

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.
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  • Revolution Brewing

    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.

  • Goose Island

    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.

  • 5 Rabbit

    The South Side's 5 Rabbit won a bronze medal for its 5 Lizard in the fruit wheat beer category.

  • Three Floyds

    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

    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.