Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tap NY judges spread the wealth statewide

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TAP New York President Bill Woodring (left presents the Governor's Cup for Best New York Craft Beer to Jeannie Alexander, Ryan Demler and Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works in  Buffalo for its The Whale Brown Ale. 

Breweries from one end of the state to the other wound up at the top of the judges' lists in major categories at the 20th annual TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival, held this weekend at the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort. They were:

• F.X. Matt Memorial Cup (Best Craft Beer Brewery in New York State) -- Spider Bite Brewing Co.  of Holbrook, Long Island. It also won the John Calen Memorial Award (best English style stout in New York State) for its Spider Imperial English Stout.

•  The Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup (Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley) -- Chatham Brewing Co. of Columbia County.

• Governors' Cup (Best Craft Beer in New York State) -- The Whale Brown Al from Community Beer Works in Buffalo.

In addition, the medal winners in various categories were:

Wheat Beers
Gold: 12 Gates Brewing Co. (Williamsville), Cherry Vanilla Wheat
Silver: Wolf Hollow Brewing (Schenectady), Brunette"s Revenge
Bronze: New Paltz Brewing (New Paltz), Gratzer German Wheat

Light/dark/strong Lagers
Gold: Chatham Brewing (Chatham), Bock & Bock Dopplebock
Silver: Catskill Brewing (Livingston Manor), Ball Lightning Pilsner
Bronze: 12 Gates Brewing (Williamsville), Water Mill Pils

Pale Ales
Gold: Destination Unknown (Bay Shore), Mosaic Mood
Silver: Peekskill Brewing (Peekskill), Paramount Pale Ale
Bronze:Seneca Lake Brewing (Dundee), Baker Street Best Bitter

Light Ales (below 6% alcohol)
Gold: Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn), Naranjito
Silver: Lyonsmith Brewing (Penn Yan), Rhiannon Red Ale
Bronze: Rare Form Brewing (Troy), Raw Beets

Strong Ales (above 6% alcohol)
Gold: Crossroads (Athens), Barleywine
Silver: Willow Rock (Syracuse), Rugged Scotch Ale
Bronze: Hopshire Farm Brewery (Dryden), Shire Scotch Ale

Brown Ales
Gold: Community Beer Works (Buffalo), The Whale
Silver: Council Rock (Cooperstown), Leatherstocking Brown
Bronze: Willow Rock Brewing (Syracuse), Jim

India Pale Ale
Gold: Flagship Brewing (Staten Island), American IPA
Silver: Keegan Ales (Kingston), Fun
Bronze: Hudson Ale Works (Highland), Citra Mosaic

Strong India Pale Ale
Gold: Big Ditch (Buffalo), Deep Cut
Silver: Spider Bite Brewing (Holbrook), Open Wide
Bronze: Sloop (Poughkeepsie), Double Plus Good

Porter
Gold: The Farmhouse (Owego), Mama Maple, Etc
Silver: Broken Bow Brewery (Tuckahoe), Nick's Hazlenut Praline
Bronze: Mad Jack (Schenectady), Mont Pleasant

Irish Style Stout
Gold:The North Brewey (Endicott), Sno Clouds
Silver: Hudson Brewing (Hudson), Tainted Senorita
Bronze: Kings County Brewers Collective (Brooklyn), What We Don't See Imperial

English Style Stout
Gold: Spider Bite Beer Company (Holbrook), Boris The Spider Imperial English Stout
Silver: Spider Bite Beer Company (Holbrook),  Boris The Spider Barrel Aged Imperial English Stout Bronze: Big Ditch (Buffalo), Towpath

Belgian Ale (below 8% alcohol)
Gold: LIC Beer Project (Long Island City), Ardent Core Saison
Silver: Nedloh Brewery (Bloomfield), Flx Farmhouse Saison
Bronze: War Horse Brewing Co. (Geneva), Killer Monk Double

Strong Belgian Ale (above 8% alcohol)
Gold:- C.H. Evans Brewing Co. (Albany), Union Station Quad 2017
Silver: Great Adirondack Brewing (Lake Placid), Room 237 Flanders Red
Bronze: Catskill Brewing (Livingston Manor), Freak Tractor Blonde

Barrel Aged Beer
Gold: Matt Brewing Co (Utica), Basking In Bourbon
Silver: Shmaltz Brewing (Clifton Park), Funky Jewbalation
Bronze: 42 North (Buffalo), Borderland IPA

Sour Beer
Gold: Catskill Brewing (Livingston Manor), Eye Of Newt Flanders Red
Silver: Brown's Brewing (Troy), Raspberry Sour
Bronze: Keuka (Hammondsport), Ghost Of Rita Gose

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook

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