On July 28, 2017 the first ever New York State Craft Beer Competition took place in Rochester. Over 700 beers from 143 New York State breweries were sipped (& judged) until there were winners.

Recap from the NYCB website:

Summary: 2017 New York Craft Brewers Competition and Governor’s Excelsior Cup

  • 1st year
  • 354 Breweries in New York State
  • 707 beers entered
  • 45 medal-winning breweries
  • 63 total medals awarded
  • 20 style categories judged, plus Governor’s Excelsior Cup
  • 40 judges from across NYS
  • Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 88

Here is a look at the local Hudson Valley Breweries that were awarded medals:

  • In the category of Wild and Sour Ale, they tied for Gold for their Citra Bridges,
  • In the category of Experimental beers, they won a bronze for their beer, Cucumber Blessings
  • In the category of Belgian Farmhouse, they won a silver for the 'Class Project Saison'
  • In the category of Wild and Sour Ale, they tied for Gold for their Zingerbier Berliner Weisse
  • In the category of American IPA Variations they won a Bronze for their Brux IPA

In addition to medals and bragging rights, all of the breweries and beers that won awards at the competition won the honor of being featured at the New York State Fair, which runs August 23 to September 4, 2017. Breweries have the option of sampling their beers to fair goers and they may host one of the Taste NY Wine and Beer Seminars.