Congratulations to the 2021 NYS Craft Beer Competition Winners
On Thursday, July 15th, the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) announced the winners of it’s fifth annual New York State Craft Beer Competition, presented NY Hop Guild and New York Craft Malt.
The awards ceremony, presented by Mengel, Metzger, Barr, took place in-person at Big aLICe Brewing Company’s new Finger Lakes location in Geneva, NY. The ceremony was also live streamed on the New York State Craft Beer YouTube channel. Enthusiasts were invited to tune-in from home or join the celebration from watch party locations held at breweries throughout the state.
“Each year the New York State Craft Beer Competition continues to grow, both in the number of entries and in the quality of submissions,” said Paul Leone, Executive Director, New York State Brewers Association. “We are incredibly proud of the beer being produced by our members and this competition showcases the amazing and diverse craft beer of New York State.”
The NYS Craft Beer Competition, produced by the New York State Brewers Association and Raise a Glass Foundation, is the largest state-level competition in the US and a celebration of the New York State craft beer community. Judging took place in Rochester, NY over the course of 2 days in June. This year 1,143 entries from 182 breweries were judged in 27 categories by 44 qualified industry professionals.
A total of 87 medals were awarded to 50 breweries with the Governor’s Craft Beer Cup given to the Best of Show beer out of all gold medal winning beers. This year, the 2021 Governor’s Craft Beer Cup was awarded to Eli Fish Brewing Company for “Heavy Maple” in the Fruit and Spice Beer (non-sour) category. Grimm Artisanal Ales won the most awards out of any brewery winning a total of 8 medals and taking home the “2021 Brewery of the Year” award.
There was a tie in the Best New York State Beer category, which had to include at least 60% NYS hops and malt – that award went to Eli Fish Brewing Company for “Tiga Queen” and Secatogue Brewing Company for “Gailer Kolsch”.
Best Collaboration beer went to “Friends from Other Places #1” from Unified Beerworks and Bound By Fate Brewing.
Out of the 31 breweries pouring at BriteVibes Beer & Music Festival on Saturday, September 4th, Cooperstown, NY, nearly half (14) are NYS craft beer competition award-winning breweries.
2021 NYS Governor’s Excelsior Craft Beer Cup
Eli Fish Brewing Company (Batavia, NY) – “Heavy Maple” in Fruit and Spice Beer (non-sour) category.
Most Medals Won
- Nine (9) awards were won by Grimm Artisanal Ales, including the “2021 Brewery of the Year” award.
- Five (5) awards were won by Eli Fish Brewing Company, including the “New York State Craft Beer” award and the 2021 Governor’s Cup.
Top 5 Style Categories
The top five entered categories were:
- Hazy IPA (115 entries)
- Light Lagers (110 entries)
- Fruit and Spice Beer – sour (88 entries)
- Fruit and Spice Beer – non-sour (79 entries)
- American IPA (63 entries)
2021 Competition Stats (5th year)
182 breweries submitted 1,143 entries
50 award-winning breweries
87 total medals awarded
27 style categories judged, plus Governor’s Excelsior Cup
Judging took place over 2-days (June 12 & 13) in Rochester, NY.
The Awards Ceremony took place in-person at Big aLICe Brewing FLX, Geneva NY. The ceremony was also streamed on YouTube live, 10+ breweries throughout the state hosted remote watch parties.
Category 1: Wheat Beer (American, Wit, Hefe) – 45 entries
Gold: Grimm Weisse – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Silver: Mise en Place Wit – Brewery at the CIA
Bronze: Water Mill – DESTINATION UNKNOWN BEER COMPANY
Category 2: Amber and Dark Lagers – 59 entries
Gold: Cross Stitch – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Silver: Sad Devotion – Prison City Brewing
Bronze: Equinox Amber – Brewery at the CIA
Category 3: Golden/Blonde Ales (American, Kolsch, Cream Ales) – 63 entries
Gold: Regional Dialek – Threes Brewing
Silver: Geiler Kolsch – Secatogue Brewing Co
Bronze: Breakout – Willow Rock Brewing Company
Bronze: Golden Ratio Pale Ale – Upward Brewing Co.
Category 4: Amber/Red Ales (British, American, Irish, Scottish) – 46 entries
Gold: No gold awarded
Silver: End of the Line Scotch Ale – Twisted Rail Brewing Company
Bronze: Live Edge Irish Red – Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.
Category 5: Pale Ales – 31 entries
Gold: PK Pale – Mill House Brewing Company
Silver: Exit 40 Pale Ale – Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co.
Bronze: Tools of the Trade – Industrial Arts Brewing Company
Category 6: American IPA – 63 entries
Gold: Gun Hill IPA – Gun Hill Brewing
Silver: Sticky Trees – Pressure Drop Brewing
Bronze: Power Tools – Industrial Arts Brewing Company
Category 7: Hazy Pale Ale – 52 entries
Gold: Lumen – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Gold: 4 Piece Citra – Prison City Brewing
Silver: Defies Logic Hazy Pale Ale – Underground Beer Lab
Bronze: Kaaterskill – West Kill Brewing
Category 8: American IPA Variations – 27 entries
Gold: Grass Wagon IPA – Catskill Brewery
Silver: Skydancer -Woodcock Brothers Brewery
Bronze: Collectivity I Farmhouse IPA – Underground Beer Lab
Category 9: American DIPA – 37 entries
Gold: Skull Frog DIPA – Frog Alley Brewing
Silver: Opiate Sun – Upward Brewing Co.
Bronze: Double IPA – Young Lion Brewing
Category 10: Barrel Aged Sour – 16 entries
Gold: Rule of Honor – Big Alice Brewing Company
Silver: Gin Barrel Mixed Fermentation Pillow Talk – Eli Fish Brewing
Bronze: The Dictator Is the People – Threes Brewing
Category 11: Barrel Aged Non-Sour – 53 entries
Gold: Barrel Aged Golden Ale – Heritage Hill Brewhouse
Silver: Bourbon Barrel Aged Jenkins – Thin Man Brewery
Bronze: Chevy to the Levee – New York Beer Project
Category 12: Belgian Farmhouse – 36 entries
Gold: Tra La La – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Silver: Leona – West Kill Brewing
Bronze: Come What May Late Spring Saison – Unified Beerworks
Category 13: Belgian Other (Trappist, Strong, etc.) – 25 entries
Gold: Three Philosophers – Brewery Ommegang
Silver: Soulstice – Soul Brewing Company LLC
Bronze: Jorts – Willow Rock Brewing Company
Category 14: Experimental – 37 entries
Gold: Tiga Queen – Eli Fish Brewing
Silver: Tropical Moon Cake – Aurora Brewing Co.
Bronze: Peanut Butter Habanero Brown Ale – Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co.
Category 15: Fruit & Spice Beer (non-sour) – 79 entries
Gold: Heavy Maple – Eli Fish Brewing (Governor’s Cup Winner)
Silver: Pumpkin Ale – Horseheads Brewing
Bronze: Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout – Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.
Category 16: Fruit & Spice Beer (sour) – 88 entries
Gold: Lilt – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Silver: Gathering Tart Cherries – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Bronze: Wimmelbilder – Grimm Artisanal Ales
Category 17: Brown Ale (American & British) – 22 entries
Gold: Windsor Nut Brown Ale – LyonSmith Brewing Co.
Gold: American Brown Ale – Good Nature Brewing Company
Silver: Limited Series Honey Brown Ale – Woodcock Brothers Brewery
Bronze: Brown Ale – Stumblin’ Monkey Brewing
Category 18: Porter (non-imperial) – 23 entries
Gold: David’s Porter – Valcour Brewing company
Silver: Thousand Year Porter – Water Street Brewing Co.
Bronze: Porter – Laurentide Beer Company
Category 19: Stout (non-imperial) – 35 entries
Gold: Void of Light – Gun Hill Brewing
Silver: Whiteface Stout – Great Adirondak Brewing Company
Bronze: Steamship Stout – Seneca Lake Brewing Company
Category 20: Imperial Stouts and Porters – 26 entries
Gold: Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout – Spider Bite Beer Co.
Silver: Collusion – Seneca St Brew Pub
Bronze: Lagerkoller – Thin Man Brewery
Category 21: Strong Ales (non-Belgian) – 15 entries
Gold: Trippelbock Reserve – Wagner Valley Brewing Company
Silver: Barleywine – Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co.
Bronze: S.O.S. (Scotch on Seneca) – WeBe Brewing
Category 22: Kettle and Simple Sours – 24 entries
Gold: Creekside – West Kill Brewing
Silver: Bunny and Bear Crew Sour Porter – Bridge and Tunnel Brewery
Bronze: No bronze awarded
Category 23: Wild and Sour Ales – 16 entries
Gold: Contour Interval No. 2 – Wild East Brewing Co
Silver: Jackie II – Good Nature Brewing Company
Bronze: Brooklyn to Tokyo Yuzu Sour – Brooklyn Brewery
Category 24: Light Lagers – 110 entries
Gold: Base Camp LagerBier – Upward Brewing Co.
Silver: Counterflow – Zeus Brewing Co.
Bronze: Haus Pils – Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
Category 25: Hazy IPA – 115 entries
Gold: Citra Double Dan – War Horse Brewing Company
Silver: Terps On 20 – Heritage Hill Brewhouse
Silver: 2021 Burning the Ships IPA – Full Boar Craft Brewery
Bronze: Flower Record – Grimm Artisanal Ales