New York Breweries Awarded Six Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

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New York Breweries Awarded Six Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

Posted on September 26, 2015 by NYCBG

New York state’s craft breweries are celebrating their victories at the Great American Beer Festival today.

The state’s breweries were collectively awarded a total of six medals (three gold and three silver). This is a marked increase over last year’s GABF, where New York breweries brought home four medals, only one of which was a gold.

Congratulations are in order for Grimm Artisanal Ales, Great South Bay Brewery (and AHA Member Brian Giebel), Crossroads Brewing Company, Prison City Pub and Brewery, and Newburgh Brewing Company for bringing the spotlight to New York craft beer. Congratulations are also rightfully deserved by the numerous other New York breweries showcasing the state’s growing craft beer scene.

A breakdown of the medals awarded to New York brewers with a description of the winning beers is below. See a full list of 2015 GABF winners here.

Grimm Artisanal Ales, NYC

Gold Medal | Category: Imperial Stout

Double Negative, bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, 10% ABV

Double Negative pours jet black with burnt orange highlights. A long lasting tan head leaves abundant lacing. Aromas bursting from the glass include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant and blueberry. Creamy and viscous on the palate, the flavor initially follows the nose. A pop of smooth bitterness comes after, and then a lingering, roasty finish.


Great South Bay Brewery, Long Island

Gold Medal | Category: Specialty Beer

Hog Cabin, 5.6% ABV

Maple-Bacon Porter

Great South Bay Brewery, Long Island

Gold Medal | Category: Pro-Am Competition

Muscat Love, 9.5% ABV

Belgian Tripel brewed with Muscat Grapes; collaboration beer brewed with AHA Member Brian Giebel after his recipe won a monthly homebrew competition. More information on the Muscat Love and Brian Giebel’s collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery is available at Edible East End.

Crossroads Brewing Company, Athens

Silver Medal | Category: Export Stout

Black Road Stout, 6.8% ABV

Black Rock Stout is a dark and robust, full bodied foreign style stout that bursts with flavor. Roasted barley and chocolate malt combine with sweet and fruity fermentation flavors to create the rich body of this full flavored brew. American hops help balance out the robust malt flavor and the high alcohol content adds a touch of sweetness and warming sensation on the palate. Overall, look for a thick tan head atop a jet black brew with rich roast and chocolate notes, a bit of sweetness and a bit of kick from the high alcohol content. This ale is certainly not for the faint of heart.

Crossroads Brewing Company

Prison City Pub and Brewery, Auburn

Silver Medal | Category: Belgian Style Blond Ale or Pale Ale

Bleek Worden, 5.4% ABV

Belgian Pale Ale – 5.4% ABV – An easy drinking summer beer with Belgian Yeast that lends notes of fruit and subtle spice. (Think banana bomb!)

Prison City Pub and Brewery

Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh

Silver Medal | Category: English Style Summer Ale

Cream Ale, 4.2% ABV

Originally brewed by ale breweries to compete with the surging popularity of lager beer, it remains a regional specialty in the Northeast United States. Our version is light-bodied and pale straw color, but uses no corn or rice as many of the original versions did. The result is a supremely malty and refreshing version of a style dear to our hearts.



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