ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the results of the second annual New York State Craft Beer Competition, which featured 642 New York State-brewed beers.
For the second straight year, Brooklyn-based Threes Brewing took home top honors, winning the Governor’s Excelsior Cup.
Gold medals were awarded to 23 beers from breweries across the state.
The New York State Craft Beer Competition is sponsored by the New York State Brewers Association, in coordination with Taste NY, the Raise a Glass Foundation and the Great New York State Fair, and is open to any New York State craft brewer. The competition featured 43 uniquely qualified judges sampling 642 entries from more than 120 breweries in the largest professionally-judged craft beer competition held in New York State.
Gold, silver, and bronze medal winners were awarded in each of the 24 categories, which include major styles of beer like IPAs and lagers, as well as niche or emerging styles like sours or fruit and spice beers. This year, the competition featured five new categories. The most-entered categories were New England Style India Pale Ale (IPA) and American Light Lager, which received 58 entries each.
Gold medal winners by category are:
Belgian Farmhouse: Threes Brewing, Passing Time Grisette - Brooklyn
Amber and Dark Lagers: Blue Point Brewing Company Toasted Lager- Patchogue
Amber/Red Ale: Bottomless Brewing, Soda Bread Red - Fayette
American DIPA: Upstate Brewing Company, IPW - Elmira
American IPA Variations: Great Flats Brewing, Great Flats Raspberry IPA- Schenectady
Barrel Aged (Non-Sour): Saranac Brewery, Basking in Bourbon - Utica
Barrel Aged Sour: Brown’s Brewing Company, Reprise - Troy
Belgian Other: Lucky Hare Brewing Company, Anny #2- Hector
Brown Ale: Roscoe Beer Company, Trout Town Brown Ale - Roscoe
Experimental: Saranac Brewery, Varick Street Stout- Utica
Fruit and Spice Beer over 6.0 ABV: Glenmere Brewing Company, Wicked With - Florida
Fruit and Spice Beer 6.0 ABV and lower: The Peekskill Brewery, Hidden Track - Peekskill
Golden Blonde Ale: Saranac Brewery, Lake Placid Golden Blu - Utica
Imperial Stout and Porter: Spider Bite Beer Company, Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout - Holbrook
Light Lager: Bottomless Brewing, Bohemian Pilsner - Fayette
New England IPA: Prison City Brewing, Control for Smilers - Auburn
Pale Ale: Naked Dove Brewing Company, Naked Dove What is Batch #2 - Canandaigua
Porter, (Non Imperial): Glenmere Brewing Company, Box’d Smok’d Porter - Florida
Strong Ale (Non Belgian): Naked Dove Brewing Company, Naked Dove Barleywine - Canandaigua
Wild and Sour Ale: Good Nature Brewing, Kung Foeder Series Jackie Batch - Hamilton
Wheat Beer (American, Wit, Hefe): Brewery Ommegang, Witte - Cooperstown
New York State Beer: Roscoe Beer Company, Trout Brown Ale - Roscoe
The Governor’s Excelsior Cup winner and other awardees will be displayed in the Horticulture Building at the Great New York State Fair, which runs Aug. 22 through Sept. 3.