On behalf of the New York Cork Report I’m proud to announce our 2011 Beer of the Year: Custom Brewcrafters Signature Series Krysztoff Baltic Porter.

We’ll have more commentary on this amazing beer, and on other beers that impressed the entire crew, in the next few days, but at this time I would like to congratulate Bruce Lish and his team on a simply fantastic accomplishment. I’d also like to congratulate all the incredibly skilled New York brewers who created this lineup of finalists.

I think I can speak for all Wines/Beers of the Year attendees when I say that tasting these finalists was an unforgettable experience. The discussion around the table as we sipped and compared two flights was a joy for me; to have such a variety and such a high level of quality, from all over the state and from brewers of widely diverse backgrounds, was a treat and a mind-blowing example of how much progress our state’s beer culture has made.

Stay tuned for more on the Beers of the Year, but for now, I raise a glass to the Custom Brewcrafters brewing team on crafting the most exciting beer we tasted this year.