If you're a fan of craft beer, you'll be excited to hear how these Rochester area breweries dominated the competition at the 2022 New York State Craft Beer Competition and Governor's Craft Beer Cup. With seven Gold Medal wins, along with Brewery of the Year to Strangebird Brewing and the Governor's Cup award to Wood Kettle Brewing, Rochester is at the top in the state for craft beer production. Add these award-winning breweries to your list to visit, along with New York State's oldest brewery, and more. Altogether, there's just so much to enjoy when you visit Rochester. Cheers!

Rochester-area Winners of the 2022 New York State Craft Beer Competition are:

Naked Dove Brewing Company
  • Gold Medal for The Goat Bock Beer in Category 2: Amber and Dark Lagers

  • Gold Medal for 45 Fathoms Porter in Category 18: Porter (non-imperial)

  • Silver Medal for Russian Imperial Stout in Category 20: Imperial Stouts and Porters


No BS Brew Company
  • Gold Medal for Winter Warmer in Category 28: Coffee, Chocolate, Spice & Other Adjunct Beer (non-sour)
  • Bronze Medal for the Grounds Keeper Willy Scotch Ale in Category 4: Amber/Red Ales


Rising Storm Brewing Company
  • Bronze Medal for Shadowboxin' in Category 26: Hazy IPA


Strangebird Brewery
  • 2022 Brewery of the Year (Tie)

  • Best Collaboration Beer with Steuben Brewing

  • Gold Medal for Breakfast Bear Fight in Category 20: Imperial Stouts and Porters

  • Bronze Medal for The Western in Category 2: Amber and Dark Lagers

  • Bronze Medal for New York Artisanal Harvest in Category 12: Belgian Farmhouse

  • Bronze Medal for Polewnik in Category 14: Experimental, made in collaboration with Roc Brewing Co.


Swiftwater Brewing
  • Gold Medal for the Knowledge is Sour: Margarita in Category 10: Barrel Aged Sour

  • Gold Medal for Saison or Die! in Category 12: Belgian Farmhouse


Three Heads Brewing
  • Silver Medal for the Barrel-Aged Barleywine in Category 11: Barrel Aged Non-Sour
Wood Kettle Brewing
  • 2022 Governor’s Cup (Tie) for Brother Bear in Category 17: Brown Ale (American & British)

  • Gold Medal for Brother Bear in Category 17: Brown Ale (American & British)


For additional information about the New York State Craft Beer Competition, visit NYSCBC.com.