Governor’s Adirondack Oktoberfest Best in Brew
Following the events, guests enjoyed a Taste NY Oktoberfest reception at Whiteface Mountain, featuring music, local foods and a New York State craft beer competition. Fifteen New York State breweries competed, offering over 30 different beers. Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, located in Lake Placid, took home the title as the Governor’s Adirondack Oktoberfest Best in Brew. The brewery will be offering 12 taps at the 2020 Great New York State to showcase their beers, along with two taps at Whiteface Mountain and one tap at the Executive Mansion for the next year.
Empire State Trail Breweries Passport
In conjunction with the craft beer competition, Governor Cuomo launched the Empire State Trail Breweries Passport, designed to promote craft beer and the 750-mile Empire State Trail. Thanks to a partnership with the New York State Canal Corporation, the New York State Brewers Association app will allow users who visit craft breweries along the trail to check-in and earn points on their passport. Visitors can earn Empire State Trail branded t-shirts, glasses, growlers and tickets to Brewers Association festivals across the state.
More than 200 breweries are located within 10 miles of the Empire State Trail, projected to be the longest multi-use trail in the nation when completed next year. Additionally, the Governor announced that the number of craft beverage manufacturers holding farm licenses haa grown by over 500 since the State’s first ever Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012. Today, there are 792 farm manufacturers operating throughout New York, up from 282 licenses in 2012, an increase of over 180%.