NY State Craft Beer Competition presented by Ultimate Brew Services

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 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.

Retailer- The Ruck, Troy NY/ Certified Cicerone

David Gardell

Owner of The Ruck, a craft beer desination located in downtown Troy, N.Y. David has 21 years of experience in the on-premise industry and has owned The Ruck for over 14 years. He became a Certified Cicerone® in January 2015. He also graduated from Schenectady County Community College, Class of 2018 with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences for Craft Brewing. He is also an instructor of Beer Enthusiasm, a work force development class offered at Adirondack Community College beginning in late April 2019.