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A month after medaling at the world's largest commercial beer competition, Auburn's Prison City Pub & Brewery has been recognized as one of the best breweries in the state.

The site Americas Best Beer included the State Street brewpub among 15 New York breweries in an online ballot to determine the state's best. Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown is the only other central New York brewery to make the cut from the state's 181 craft breweries.

Americas Best Beer says it used an algorithm that factors in beer competitions, online beer and brewery ratings, and industry experts' rankings to compile ballots for all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. The other four New York breweries to win medals at this year's Great American Beer Festival — Great South Bay Brewery, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Crossroads Brewing Co. and Newburgh Brewing Co. — also appear on the ballot.

Prison City brewer Ben Maeso earned a silver medal at the festival in the Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale category for his Bleek Worden, which should be available again at the brewpub soon.

Owner Dawn Schulz, who opened Prison City in December, called the medal "instant validation" in an interview with The Citizen earlier this month.

"It puts Auburn on that beer map," she said.

To vote for Prison City Pub & Brewery as the best brewery in New York state, visit americasbestbeer.org. Voting ends Nov. 15.

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

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