Southern Tier Brewing a finalist in state beer challenge

Suthern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood is one of five finalists named in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge.

The finalists are invited to attend the final blind tasting event in New York City today, which will be hosted and judged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a panel of expert judges.

The other breweries in the competition, in alphabetical order, are:

¯ Brewery Ommegang — Cooperstown, Otsego County

¯ Genesee Brewing Company — Rochester

¯ Prison City Pub and Brewery — Auburn, Cayuga County

¯ The Roscoe NY Beer Co.- Roscoe, Sullivan County

“New York’s craft beverage industry is thriving, creating jobs and driving economic activity across the state, and the high participation in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge is one more metric showing its success,” Cuomo said. “The Challenge is a great way to celebrate the industry’s growth-more than 500 percent since 2011-and the passion New Yorkers feel for their local craft breweries. I look forward to joining my fellow judges in tasting some of the top beers in the state and connecting New York’s world-class products to new consumers and new markets.”

The final tasting event will be held today, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week, which is celebrated nation-wide. The judging panel will include Chef Mario Batali; Thurman Thomas, NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer; Anne Becerra, certified cicerone, writer and beer director for Treadwell Park; Mary Izett, co-host of Fuhmentaboudit! on Heritage Radio Network; Noah Kaufman, senior digital editor for Food and Wine Magazine; and Brad Leone, test kitchen manager for Bon Appetit.