The Dam had all but given up its hopes for a medal until category 71 out of 79 was announced. After all, 519 breweries submitted 3,601 beers for judging. It is really difficult to win a medal. The sad faces of the brewmasters who went away empty handed was heart wrenching.
Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival had sold out a record 5 weeks prior to the 3 day festival. More than 460 breweries brought over 2,000 beers for tasting. 237 medals were awarded. 40 medals were awarded to 22 Colorado breweries.