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.

Brewer / Partner Frog Alley Brewing

Rich Michaels

During the day, Rich Michaels brews at Frog Alley Brewing Company in Schenectady, NY, at night,he teaches brewing at SUNY Schenectady.  He also currently serves as District Technical Chair and Board Of Governor’s Representative for the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas.  He started brewing commercially in New York  26 years ago. He completed his Diploma in Brewing at the Siebel Institute in 1997.