Ommegang and Roscoe brews top Genesee at Craft Beer Challenge

May 17, 2017 11:40 PM

The Genesee Brewery came up short in a craft brew contest put on by the state on Wednesday.

The Rochester brewery faced off against four others in the inaugural Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. Online votes determined the five finalists and the winner was chosen after a blind taste testing by a panel of guest judges including Mario Batali and Hall of Fame Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas.

But, after the taste test, Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and Roscoe NY Beer Company tied for the win.

Governor Cuomo, who attended the event to showcase the booming beer and wine industries in New York, said thousands of votes came in for the contest.

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"42,000 votes have been cast," the governor stated with a grin. "That is more votes than I have received as governor for the State of New York, I might add -- not that I'm going to take it personally."

"More people voted for beer than voted for me," Cuomo joked. "It sounds like a song."

For the record, Governor Cuomo got 1,919,225 votes in 2014.

Video from event


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