Domestic and foreign breweries sent in nearly 5,000 brews -- no word on how many in total were from New York -- presenting nearly 100 different styles in a competition that included professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers.
Firestone Walker Brewing from Paso Robles, CA, was named "Grand National Champion" by winning three gold medals (for its Union Jack IPA, Double Jack, and Parabajava), one silver medal and a bronze. Melvin Brewing from Jackson, WY, placed second and Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, FL, third.
In addition to the serious awards, the judges -- from the U.S., England, and Canada -- selected a top 10 list of what they thought were the most creative names among the brews. They were, in order from No.1 : Wit or Wit Out You; Tall, Dark and Mandarin; Shitnit; Big Booty Golden Ale; Sexapeel; Bolshevik Bastard; You Bretta Run; Guava the Hutt; There Gose My Heart, and Toxic Sludge Black IPA. Two of those were from Long Island brewers -- Shitnit by Port Jeff Brewing, and Toxic Sludge by Blue Point Brewing, which walked off with a trio of awards.
The other New York medal winners:
Rye/Roggen Beer -- Gold medal, Rastafa Rye Ale, Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, Suffolk County
Robust Porters -- Silver medal, Asylum Porter, 42 North Brewing of East Aurora, Erie County
Gose -- Silver medal, Gose, Blue Point Brewing
Belgian Witbier -- Bronze medal, Beach Beer, Port Jeff Brewing, Port Jefferson, Suffolk County
Hard Root Beer -- Bronze medal, Jed’s Hard Root Beer, F.X. Matt Brewing Company, Utica, Oneida County
Non-Alcoholic Root Beer -- Silver medal, Saranac Root Beer – F.X. Matt Brewing
Go here for the full list of all awards.