NYC BREWERS WIN AT STATE’S FIRST CRAFT BEER COMPETITION

The state’s top award goes to a beer brewed right here in New York City

Several New York City breweries won honors in the New York State Craft Beer Competition, the state’s first professionally-judged state-sponsored competition, including one city brewery that took home the top honor. A panel of 40 judges tasted a lineup of beers from across the state in Rochester last weekend and announced the winners today. The Vliet Pilsner from Threes Brewing won the Governor’s Excelsior Cup, the top honor in the competition, which featured over 700 entries from 143 New York breweries in 20 different beer style categories. In all, brewers from New York City took home 14 of the 64 awards in the competition.

Here’s a rundown of the winners from New York City, which includes two golds and best in show for Threes, two nods each for Strong Rope, Brooklyn, Transmitter, and Heartland, and wins for RockawayBig Alice and newcomer Five Boroughs:

Governor’s Excelsior Cup: Vliet, Threes Brewing, Brooklyn
Gold, Barrel-Aged Sour: Kiwi’s Playhouse, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn
Gold, Belgian Farmhouse: Wandering Bine, Threes Brewing, Brooklyn
Gold, Light Lager: Vliet, Threes Brewing, Brooklyn
Gold, Strong Ale (Non-Belgian): Old Red Nose Special Edition 14, Heartland Brewery, New York City
Silver, Amber/Red Ale (British, American, Irish, Scottish): Devil’s Bathtub, Strong Rope Brewery, Brooklyn
Silver, Barrel-Aged Sour: H4 Plum Harvest Sour, Transmitter Brewing, Long Island City
Silver, Belgian Other (Trappist, Strong, etc.): Local 1, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn
Silver, Golden/Blonde Ale (American, Kolsch, Cream Ale): Lemongrass Kolsch, Big Alice Brewing, Long Island City
Silver, New York State Beer: NY1 Saison, Transmitter Brewing, Long Island City
Silver, Strong Ale (Non-Belgian): Old Red Nose Special Edition 13, Heartland Brewery, New York City
Bronze, American IPA: Rockaway IPA, Rockaway Brewing Co., Long Island City
Bronze, Imperial Stout and Porter: Storyteller, Strong Rope Brewery, Brooklyn
Bronze, Pale Ale: Mosaic Pale Ale, Five Boroughs Brewing Co., Brooklyn

You can see the full results on the competition website. The event was held in conjunction with the New York State Fair in Syracuse, where winning beers will be featured in the Horticulture Building throughout the event later this month.

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