The 2019 New York State Craft Beer Competition Award Winners

New York’s biggest beer competition, the 2019 New York State Craft Beer Competition and Governor’s Cup has announced this year’s winners and we’ve got them all for you!

Sponsored by the New York State Brewers Association, this year’s competition was its largest ever with some 420 breweries, entering 813 beers in 25 style categories plus the Governor’s Excelsior Cup.

This year’s judging panel was comprised of 56 New York State beer experts…who clearly had plenty of serious beers to consider.

Produced in conjunction with Raise a Glass Foundation, this year’s New York State Craft Beer Competition and Governor’s Cup awards were announced and presented as part of the New York State Craft Brewers Conference held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on March 8th.

The 2019 New York State Craft Beer Competition Highlights

  • Governor’s Craft Beer Cup was awarded to Prison City Pub & Brewery (Auburn) for their Wham Whams in the experimental beer category.
  • Brewery of the Year was awarded to the Brewery at the CIA for the brewery with the highest cumulative of all beers entered.

Most Medals Won

  • (3) medals were won by Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn NY,  Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing, Weedsport NY, and Threes Brewing Brooklyn, NY
  • Two (2) medals were won by 11 breweries

Style Categories

The Hazy IPA style led this year the most-entered categories with 82 entries. The top five entered categories were:

  • Hazy IPA (82 entries)
  • Fruit and Spice Beer – non-sour (68 entries)
  • Light Lagers (66 entries)
  • American IPA (52 entries)
  • Barrel Aged (non-Sour) (42 entries)

The 2019 New York Craft Brewers Competition and Governor’s Craft Beer Cup Winners

Category 1: Amber and Dark Lagers – 35 Entries 

Gold: Ice Book Bock, Resurgence Brewing Company, Buffalo

Silver: Toasted Lager, Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue

Silver: Fall Black, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Buffalo

Bronze: No Bronze Awarded


Category 2: Amber/Red Ale (British, American, Irish, Scottish) – 28 Entries 

Gold: Better Red Than Dead, Dublin Corners Farm Brewery, Linwood

Silver: Jessica’s Red Ale, Red Shed Brewery, Cherry Valley

Bronze: Aviator Red, Flying Bison Brewing Company, Buffalo


Category 3: American DIPA – 32 Entries 

Gold: Cannon Call, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Buffalo

Silver: Hopnami, Greenport Harbor brewing Company, Peconic

Bronze: 3XIPA, Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood

Bronze: 12 Legs, Spider Bite Beer Co., Holbrook


Category 4: American IPA – 52 Entries 

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: DUBCO IPA, Destination Unknown Beer Co, Bay Shore

Bronze: Sticky Trees, Pressure Drop Brewing, Buffalo


Category 5: American IPA Variations– 38 Entries 

Gold: True love in an arranged marriage, Arrowood Farms and Brewery, Accord

Silver: Seshquatch, Empire Farm Brewery, Cazenovia

Bronze: COASTAL IPA, Destinatination Unknown Beer Co, Bay Shore


Category 6: Barrel Aged (non-Sour)– 42 Entries 

Gold: Demons on the Dance Floor, Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC), Brooklyn

Silver: FOUR, Swiftwater Brewing, Rochester

Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Aged The Newburgh Conspiracy, Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh


Category 7: Barrel Aged Sour – 14 Entries 

Gold: Corvid, The Brewers Collective Beer Company, Bay Shore

Silver: Superfunk, New York Beer Project, Lockport

Bronze: Barrel Aged Grissette with Raspberries, Local 315 Brewing Company, Warners


Category 8: Belgian Farmhouse– 15 Entries 

Gold: Freak Tractor 100% Brett Beer, Catskill Brewery, Livingston Manor

Silver: F4 3 x Brett Farmhouse, Transmitter Brewing, Long Island City

Bronze: Tender Moments, Thin Man Brewery, Buffalo


Category 9: Belgian Other (Trappist, Strong, etc.)– 17 Entries 

Gold: Elixir, Crafty Ales and Lagers, Phelps

Silver: Good Reef, Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue

Bronze: Three Philosophers, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown


Category 10: Brown Ale (American & British) – 25 Entries 

Gold: Class Project Br-Br-Br-Brown, Brewery at the CIA, Hyde Park

Silver: Blinding Brown, Kings Court Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Silver: Messiah Brown Ale, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Clifton Park

Bronze: No Bronze Awarded


Category 11: Experimental – 32 Entries 

Gold: Wham Whams, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn *Governors Craft Beer Cup Winner

Silver: Love is a Soul Sucking Demon Stout, WT Brews, Baldwinsville

Bronze: Mimosa Wit, Genesee Brew House, Rochester


Category 12: Fruit and Spice Beer  – sour – 38 Entries 

Gold: Eternal Return: Apricot, Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

Silver: Frutetto, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Elmsford

Bronze: H7  Summer Berry Harvest Ale, H7  Summer Berry Harvest Ale, Long Island City


Category 13: Fruit and Spice Beer – non-sour – 68 Entries 

Gold: Jalapeno Rye (Rye Whiskey Barrels), Big Alice Brewing Company, Long Island City

Silver: Chai Tea Milk Stout,Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., West Seneca

Bronze: Toasted Coconut Porter, Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., Weedsport

Bronze: Kacey’s Kristmas Ale,Rohrbach Brewing Company, Rochester


Category 14: Golden/Blonde Ale (American, Kolsch, Cream Ale) – 30 Entries 

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Kold One, Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Bronze: Brunette’s Revenge, Wolf Hollow Brewing, Schenectady


Category 15: Hazy IPA – 82 Entries 

Gold: Logical Conclusion, Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

Silver: Ellsworth, Stoneyard Brewing Company, Brockport

Bronze: CitMo IPA, Resurgence Brewing Company, Buffalo


Category 16: Imperial Stout and Porter – 39 Entries 

Gold: The Majestic Imperial Stout 2018, Three Heads Brewing Inc., Rochester

Silver: Boris the Spider, Spider Bite Beer Co., Holbrook

Silver: Russian Imperial Stout, WT Brews, Baldwinsville

Bronze: No Medal Awarded


Category 17: Kettle and Simple Sours – 12 Entries 

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Franc-in-Weizen, Wagner Valley Brewing Company, Lodi

Bronze: Pun Intended, Community Beer Works, Buffalo


Category 18: Light Lagers – 39 Entries 

Gold: Skills Pils, The Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill

Silver: Metric Pils, Industrial Arts Brewing Co., Garnerville

Bronze: Utica Club pilsener, Saranac brewery/FX Matt Brewing Co., Utica


Category 19: Pale Ale – 36 Entries 

Gold: Whatsis #4, Naked Dove Brewing Company, Canandaigua

Silver: Illusion of Knowledge, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn

Bronze: All Night IPA, Kings Court Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie


Category 20: Porter (Non Imperial) – 17 Entries 

Gold: Davids Porter, Valcour Brewing Company, Plattsburgh

Silver: Naked Dove 45 Fathoms Porter, Naked Dove Brewing Company, Canandaigua

Bronze: Captain Ellis Porter, Frog Alley Brewing, Schenectady


Category 21: Stout (Non Imperial) – 27 Entries 

Gold: Smugtown Stout, Sager Beer Works, Rochester

Silver: Ol Gilmartin Milk and Oatmeal Stout, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Ridgewood

Bronze: So You’re Wild, The Brewery of Broken Dreams, Hammondsport


Category 22: Strong Ale (non-Belgian)) – 20 Entries 

Gold: Barleywine 2018, Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., Weedsport

Silver: S.O.S. (Scotch on Seneca), WeBe Brewing, Geneva

Bronze: Reserve Tripplebock, Wagner Valley Brewing, Lodi


Category 23: Wheat Beer (American, Wit, Hefe) – 21 Entries 

Gold: Mise en Place Wit – Brewery at the CIA, Hyde Park

Silver: No Medal Awarded

Bronze: Witte, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown


Category 24: Wild and Sour Ale – 16 Entries 

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Eternal Return: Sauvignon Blanc (2016 Harvest), Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

Bronze: Laser Brain, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn


Category 24: New York State Beer (At least 20% NYS hops, NYS Malt and other NYS ingredients) – 353 Qualified Entries 

Gold:  Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., Weedsport

Silver: Valcour Brewing company, Plattsburgh

Bronze: Dublin Corners Farm Brewery, Linwood

Congratulations to all this year’s winners….Live long and prosper!


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