NY State Craft Beer Competition

To make a great craft beer you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the most respected judges from the industry to the other side of that table.

OUR GOAL IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS IN YOUR BREWERY AND HELP YOU SELL MORE GREAT BEER!

 

Our Judges

WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES. Our judges include the most influential people in the NY beer industry, including Brewmasters, Cicerones, BJCP judges, educators, retailers, and industry writers and consultants.

Founder, Empire Brewing Co.

David Katleski

BIO-DAVID KATLESKI

David Katleski Empire Brewing Company

& NYS Brewers Association

David Katleski is the founder of Empire Brewing Company (Est. 1994) and Co-Founder/President Emeritus of the New York State Brewers Association (Est. 2003), both of which have distinguished themselves by the quality of its products and the effectiveness of its advocacy for small NYS brewers.

Katleski is recognized as a pioneer in the craft brewing industry. With 10 Great American Beer Festival and 3 World Beer Cup medals the quality of Empire beer is evident. In 2016, Empire Farmstead Brewery was voted Best Brewery in NYS.

The New York State Brewers Association began with 38 licensed breweries in NYS. The guild now works with over 450 NYS breweries and has forged an alliance with lawmakers and state wholesalers. Over the past 15 years, Katleski has advocated for and won a myriad of reform, which include the first franchise reform legislation in the U.S. These efforts awarded him the prestigious Brewers Association’s Defense of the Industry Award in 2013.