This official state craft beer competition highlights and promotes the best craft beers in New York State. It is part of Governor Cuomo’s effort to promote New York beverages by streamlining regulations and providing incentives. The number of craft, farm, and restaurant brewers has increased six-fold, to more than 400, and demonstrates the state’s ongoing commitment to building a large and vital industry.
All entries will be blind judged by a panel of trained beer judges and industry professionals based on pre-established criteria and using a custom scoring sheet developed by the NYSBA.
Send 72oz (or more) of beer for judging bottles or cans (including crowlers) ~ no growlers will be accepted.
The cost of submitting entries – NYSBA member $45 / Non-member $65
Beers must be entered online and arrive no later than 4pm Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Beer entries will be stored in a temperature controlled environment.
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The top three finishers in each category will receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals.
The overall winner will receive the Governor’s Excelsior Cup to the “Best of Show” beer which will be awarded by a member of the Cuomo administration at the New York State Craft Brewers Conference on March 8, 2019.
As the official competition of New York, the list of winners will be promoted statewide. The event and results will also be featured on social media channels and other national media outlets.