Newcomers sweep TAP NY competition

HUNTER, NY -- A pair of comparatively new breweries swept the major cup awards at this weekend's 14th annual TAP NY Brewer's Festival competition.

Barrier Brewing of Oceanside, Long Island, which was founded in 2009, earned the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup, emblematic of "Best Brewery in New York State" status. The micro operation is run by Evan Klein and Craig Frymark.

Crossroads Brewing of Athens, Greene County, which was founded in 2010, won the Matthew Vassar Brewers' Cup as "Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley." In addition, it won the new John Calen memorial Award for "Best English Style Pale Ale." The company was founded by Ken Landin and Janine Bennett.

Barrier Brewing is located at 3595 Lawson Boulevard, Oceanside. Phone: (516) 316-4429.
Crossroads Brewing is located at 1 Second Street, Athens. Phone: (518) 945-2337.

Brown’s Whiskey Porter, made by Brown's Brewing Co. of Troy, was named "Best Beer in New York State" for the second consecutive year after earning a silver medal in 2008.

Other award winners:

New York State category: Silver: Cortland Brewing Flight Level 410 Olde Ale; Bronze: C.H. Evans Hefeweizen.

Hudson Valley category: Gold: High Point Brewing Double Platinum Hefeweizen; Silver: Brown's Brewing, Whiskey Barrel Porter; Bronze: Crossroads Brewing Outrage IPA.

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