Good year for beer at Brew Pub |

Good year for beer at Brew Pub

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Brewer Ken Jones, of The Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Denver Convention Center.

Jones’ Hot Pot barley wine-style ale won second place in the barley wine-style ale category this year.

Jones said he brings a variety of beers to the festival.

“You go with your best and then bring a spectrum,” he said.

He said entering the festival is important for the Glenwood brewery, which opened in 1996, since about 90 percent of tourism in Glenwood Springs comes from Denver. The event brings out-of-town attention to the brewery. The brewery has entered the Beer Festival about five times, Jones said.

This year marked the 24th year that the Brewers Association has put on the Great American Beer Festival. Aside from allowing their beers to be sampled, 463 breweries brought their beer to be judged. The breweries brought 2,350 beers, which were entered in 69 categories where they could be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. Categories ranged from simple; American India Pale Ale, to more exotic; beers that taste like coffee. If the judges did not find three beers that fill the qualities of the style, they could elect not to award a medal.

Breweries were organized by region and then in alphabetical order on rows and rows of tables.

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