Craft beer is huge these days -- some might say too huge -- and New York's small-scale brewing scene is one of the strongest in the entire country. Therefore, it was just a matter of time before the Empire State's finest small-batch brewing minds joined forces to create an official beer for the state itself. Which just happened.
Statewide Pale Ale is the brainchild of brewmasters from 10 different New York breweries including Shmaltz Brewing Company, Empire Brewing, and Lake Placid Brewing. This limited edition beer was created for two main reasons: to celebrate the state's rich history of craft brewing (obviously), and to raise funds for the New York State Brewers Association, which supports and promotes small-scale brewing operations throughout New York State.
The beer'll officially be released to the public on June 11th, and will be available throughout the state in brewpubs, bars, and pretty much anywhere else you can get beer, really.
Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he would like very much to taste this beer. Follow him to the brewing vats on Twitter @gjaccoma