We already know that Fort Collins has excellent beer — but now we have the awards to prove it.

We're talking about the results of the 2022 Great American Beer Festival. Crack open a cold one, and let's dive in.

What is the Great American Beer Festival?

The Great American Beer Festival is a national competition that honors the best breweries and beers in the U.S.

According to an Indie Creative Co. press release on behalf of the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), an advocacy non-profit for local brewers, Centennial State breweries took home 26 awards at this year's event.

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"Colorado proves that we are a leader in the craft beer industry and shows that our brewers continue to brew consistently excellent beers in all types of styles," said CBG Executive Director Shawnee Adelson in the release. "I'm extremely proud to be a Coloradan and of all the winners!"

Out of the 23 winning Colorado breweries, the Choice City is home to two.

Which Fort Collins breweries won?

Congratulations are in order for CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing and Jessup Farm Barrel House.

Indie Creative Co. reports that CooperSmith's took home a silver medal in the Pro-Am competition for their Mark Pennick collaboration Sticky Fingers Saison, a sweet brew with hints of sauvignon blanc grapes and sugar cookies.

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing // Facebook
CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing // Facebook

Jessup Farm Barrel House won the gold medal in the Wood-and-Barrel-Aged Beer competition for Soft Skills, a barrel-aged beer that Untappd describes as a "Munich-style Dunkel lager."

Root Shoot Malting, Jessup Farm Barrel House // Facebook
Root Shoot Malting, Jessup Farm Barrel House // Facebook

It might be time to pay these breweries a visit to celebrate.

Check out the flagship beers of Fort Collins' breweries in the gallery below.

The Flagship Beers of the Fort Collins Craft Breweries

Fort Collins has more than 20 craft breweries, each with their own 'style.' These are their 'Flagship' or 'Signature' beers.

LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.


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