BATAVIA – Think maple syrup and the first thing that should come to everyone’s mind is …
Eli Fish Brewing Co. won the Excelsior Governor’s Craft Beer Cup in the “Best in Show” category on Thursday at the fifth edition of the New York State Craft Beer Competition in Geneva.
The brewery’s Heavy Maple was entered in the Fruit and Spice Beer category and won top honors among all beers entered in the competition.
The beer is a “10.5% Wee Heavy” beer made from pure maple sap and syrup from Sage Family Maple in Warsaw.
Eli Fish also won the 2021 award for Best New York State Beer with at least 60% state-grown hops and malt for his Tiga Queen.
“This year has shown us that these are challenges in every way possible,” the owners of Eli Fish wrote on Facebook. “Being recognized blindly for not one, but several beers has left us humbled, grateful and reminds us of why we have pushed ourselves a little harder this year.”
Eli Fish won four more awards during the show, which took place in the new Big aLICE Brewery on Seneca Lake.
The annual competition is sponsored by the NYS Brewer’s Association and had 1,143 entries from 182 breweries across New York City.
Eli Fish also won gold for his Tiga Queen in the “Experimental” category, silver for his Gin Barrel Mixed Fermentation Pillow Talk and gold in Fruit and Spice for Heavy Maple.