Auburn’s Prison City and Weedsport’s Lunkenheimer win big at state beer competition

Auburn’s Prison City Pub & Brewery and Weedsport’s Lunkenheimer Craft Beer Co. acquitted themselves well at the third annual New York State Craft Beer Competition.

The competition’s winners were announced Friday night at the New York State Brewers Association’s annual conference in Albany. Prison City took four awards and Lunkenheimer took three.

Prison City took the night’s top prize, the Governor’s Cup for best beer in New York, for its Barrel-aged Wham Whams, an imperial stout aged in Willett bourbon barrels and conditioned on toasted coconut and vanilla bean. The State Street brewpub also won gold in the Experimental category for the same beer, plus silver in the Pale Ale category for its Illusion of Knowledge pale ale, the same beer ranked No. 7 in a 2018 blind tasting of 151 pale ales from across the country by Paste Magazine. Last, for its fourth award, Prison City took bronze in Wild and Sour Ale for its dry-hopped sour Laser Brain.

Meanwhile, Weedsport’s Lunkenheimer took gold in Strong Ale (non-Belgian) for its Barleywine 2018, third in Fruit and Spice Beer (Non-sour) for its Toasted Coconut Porter, and gold in the New York State Beer category. The last category judged breweries that use at least 20 percent New York state hops, malt and other ingredients, and fielded 353 qualified entries.

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