Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown and Roscoe N.Y. Beer Co. were the winning “draft picks” in the inaugural “Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge” Wednesday.
The two breweries were picked as the best-tasting beer among five breweries from across the state.
The other breweries in the running were:
- Genesee Brewing in Rochester,
- Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn,
- Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood.
Those five contestants had received the most votes during an online vote.
The judging panel included:
- famous chef Mario Batali,
- former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas,
- Bon Appetit test kitchen manager Brad Leone,
- senior digital editor for Food and Wine Magazine Noah Kaufmann,
- Mary Izett, co-host of “Fuhmentaboudit!” on Heritage Radio Network.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was supposed to be the seventh judge in the contest, but he excused himself from voting.
Cuomo said that the craft beer industry in New York has grown tremendously over the past few years, adding that the beer, cider and wine industry in New York has become a $30 billion business.