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Congratulations to the 2020 NYS Craft Beer Competition Winners

On Thursday, May 7th, the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) announced the winners of it’s fourth annual New York State Craft Beer Competition, presented by 1886 Malt House. It is the second largest state competition in the U.S.


The awards ceremony (sponsored by Marathon Energy) took place virtually with 130+ breweries in attendance. It was also live streamed to the public on Facebook and YouTube.


Watch a replay of the Awards Ceremony here.


Thirty-six awards were presented across 13 categories including two special awards. The Governor’s Craft Beer Cup given to the Best of Show beer was awarded to Big aLICe Brewing Co. for The Many Lives of Our Lives in the Fruit and Spice Beer – sour category. This beer also took gold in the NYS Ingredient Award category, sponsored by NY Hop Guild, which recognizes a beer that uses NYS hops and all other ingredients at the current 60% standard. 135 entries in the competition met this threshold.


“While we cannot celebrate together in person, we still wanted to honor the high-quality beers coming out of New York State,” said Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association. “The virtual ceremony allowed us to not only connect with breweries across the state but also consumers, who normally don’t get to see the awards being announced. We hope it will further encourage consumers to support these and other New York State breweries.”


In addition, the New York State Brewers Association is hosting a Virtual Craft Beer Tasting Experience on Saturday, June 13th, featuring four of the award winning breweries! Click here for more info.


Overall Competition Highlights

2020 Governor’s Excelsior Craft Beer Cup

  • The 2020 NYS Governor’s Excelsior Craft Beer Cup was awarded to Big aLICe Brewing (Long Island City, NY) for their “The Many Lives of Our Lives” in the fruited sour beer category.


2020 NYS Governor’s Excelsior Craft Beer Cup Winner
Big aLICe Brewing “The Many Lives of Our Lives”

Most Medals Won

Style Categories

This year the most-entered categories was Hazy IPA with 88 entries. The top five entered categories were:

  • Hazy IPA (88 entries)
  • Light Lagers (83 entries)
  • Fruit and Spice Beer  (73 entries)
  • Fruit and Spice Beer – non-sour (66 entries)
  • American IPA (61 entries)

Summary: 2020 New York Craft Brewers Competition and Governor’s Craft Beer Cup (4th year.)

  • 467 Breweries in New York State
  • 989 beers entered
  • 29 medal-winning breweries
  • 35 total medals awarded
  • 12 style categories judged, plus Governor’s Excelsior Cup
  • 30 judges from across NYS
  • Out of the 989 entries, 446 were judged. 135 entries qualified as NYS labeled beer under the 2020 law of at least 60% NYS hops and 60% NYS malt

Category Winners: 

Category 1: American DIPA – 28 Entries 

Gold: Open Wide EXP – Spider Bite Beer Co., Holbrook

Silver: Late Knight IPA – Middle Ages Brewing, Syracuse

Bronze: Intonation – Brown’s Brewing Company, Troy

Category 2: American IPA – 61 Entries 

Gold: Power Tools – Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Garnerville

Silver: Re4resh IPA – Frog Alley Brewing Co., Schenectady

Bronze: Premiere – Interboro Spirits & Ales, Brooklyn

Category 3: American IPA Variations– 33 Entries 

Gold: Elegant Pride – Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn

Silver: White Oak Borderland – 42 North Brewing Company, East Aurora

Bronze: Stomping Grounds IPL – Mad Jack Brewing Co., Schenectady

Category 4: Pale Ale – 30 Entries 

Gold: Exit 40 Pale Ale – Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., Weedsport

Silver: Ale Aboard Pale Ale – Twisted Rail Brewing Company, Geneva

Bronze: Pk Pale – The Millhouse Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Category 5: Hazy IPA – 88 Entries 

Gold: Trial By Wombat – Thin Man Brewery, Buffalo

Silver:  Dare To Know – Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

Bronze: Hologrpahic Haze – Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore

Category 6: Hazy Pale Ale – 27 Entries 

Gold: Right Time and Place – Unified Beerworks, Ballston Spa

Silver: Tiny Juicy IPA – Five Boroughs Brewing Co., Brooklyn

Bronze: Richard, or is it Dick? – ONCO Fermentations, Tully

Category 7: Fruit and Spice Beer  – sour – 73cEntries 

Gold: The Many Lives of Our Lives – Big Alice Brewing Company, Long Island City – Queens *Governors Craft Beer Cup Winner*

Silver: Boysen Rebus – Grimm Artisanal Ales, Brooklyn

Bronze: Blue Razz Sour – K2 Brothers Brewing, Rochester

Category 8: Fruit and Spice Beer – non-sour – 66 Entries 

Gold: Salted Caramel Waffle Beer – Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Lake Placid

Silver: Brewery Saphouse – West Kill Brewing, Lexington

Bronze: Elderberry Kolsch – Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., Weedsport

Category 9: Kettle and Simple Sours – 15 Entries 

Gold: Bel Air – Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn

Silver: No Sliver Awarded

Bronze: M-Town Haze – Clemson Bros. Brewery, Middlestown

Category 10: Wheat Beer (American, Wit, Hefe) – 28 Entries 

Gold: Gather House – Drowned Lands Brewery, Warwick

Silver: Witte – Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown

Bronze: W8 Blegian Wit – Transmitter Brewing, Buffalo

Category 11: Collaboration Beer – 9 Entries 

Gold: Stomping Grounds IPL – Mad Jack Brewing Co. in collaboration with C.H. Evans Brewing Company

Silver: Taconic Mist Hazy Pale Ale – King’s Court Brewing in collaboration with Torch & Crown Brewing Company

Bronze: No Bronze Awarded

Category 12: New York State Beer – 135 Qualified Entries 

At least 20% NYS hops, NYS Malt and other NYS ingredients

Gold:  The Many Lives of Our Lives – Big aLICie Brewing, Long Island City – Queens

Silver: Exit 40 Pale Ale – Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co., Weedsport

Bronze: Champagne Guapi: Red – Eli Fishing Brewing Co., Batavia

Bronze: Necessary Means for a Necessary Means – Fidens Brewing Company, Albany