Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn added more hardware to its collection Saturday at the TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival in Hunter Mountain, where the brewpub took the gold medal in the New England India pale ale category for its Mass Riot IPA.

Prison City owners Marc and Dawn Schulz are pouring the brewpub's beer at the festival, which continues today. More than 125 of the state's 400-plus breweries are in attendance. The festival has been taking place for 22 years, and placed No. 5 in a 2018 USA Today reader poll of the best beer festivals in America. 

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Port Jeff Brewing Co., of Port Jefferson, won both of the festival's top prizes, the F.X. Matt Memorial Cup for best craft brewery in the state and the Governor's Cup for best beer in the state.

Mass Riot is the same beer that was ranked No. 1 in 2016 and No. 6 in 2018 in blind tastings of hundreds of IPAs from across the country by Paste Magazine. As a result, brewer Ben Maeso's tribute to Massachusetts IPAs has become arguably Prison City's most coveted beer. The IPA draws lines outside the State Street brewpub when it's released in cans, and sells out in minutes.

The beer's gold medal follows Prison City's Governor's Cup win at the New York State Craft Beer Competition in March. The brewpub's Wham Whams barrel-aged imperial stout with coconut and vanilla took that prize, which recognizes the best beer in New York. Prison City won two additional medals at that competition.

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


I'm the features editor for The Citizen and auburnpub.com, and have been here since 2006. I also cover local arts and culture, business, food and drink, and more.