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Cayuga County breweries perform well at state beer competition

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At the 2024 New York State Craft Beer Competition in Albany, Cayuga County’s breweries showcased their excellence by securing six medals across various categories. Auburn’s Prison City Brewing stood out with three medals, including two golds for its Cream Ale and Crispy Boys Blood Orange, and a silver for Something Something Something. This victory adds to Prison City’s impressive tally of 18 medals since 2017, underlining its prowess in the craft beer scene.

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Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co. from Weedsport also made headlines, winning silver for its Blackberry Kolsch in the fruit and vegetable beers category. A collaboration with Sager Beer Works brought them a bronze medal for Prince Sager-Heimer in amber and red ales. This achievement contributes to Lunkenheimer’s cumulative total of 17 medals, positioning it alongside Prison City as one of the state’s most decorated breweries.

The competition, which saw a record participation of 1,421 beers from 232 breweries, culminated in awards for other Cayuga County contributors too. Aurora Brewing Co. and Shep’s Brewing Co. both earned accolades for their barrel-aged and wheat beer submissions, respectively. While Cayuga County breweries basked in their success, the top honors went to breweries from Brooklyn and Ulster County, illustrating the vibrant diversity and quality of New York’s craft beer landscape.