It was a tie. The Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge awarded its top prize to both Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and Roscoe Beer Co. of Roscoe. Five finalists vied for the top prize in the first ever competition

Governor Mario Cuomo hosted the competition and judges included celebrity chef Mario Batali, former Buffalo Bills star Thurman Thomas and several beer writers and other authorities. New York state now has more than 300 breweries, up from about 100 five years ago.