BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Southern Tier craft brewing scene just became a little more accomplished.
Water Street Brewing in downtown Binghamton took home second place for its Thousand Year Porter at the 2021 New York State Craft Beer Competition; the beer won in the porter, non-imperial category.
The owner of Water Street, Kristin Andrascik, told 12 News this was the second time the brewery has entered a competition, and the first prize it has taken home.
Andrascik said the NYS competition is the biggest state competition in the country, with more than 180 breweries entering this year's contest.
She added craft beer has taken off in popularity recently for a variety of factors.
"Ultimately it's the taste; it's always nice to go out there and enjoy the flavors and the varieties and see what the new thing is but also really appreciate kind of old-school, traditional styles, plus it's just kind of a community thing," said Andrascik, who bought the brewery from its previous owners in 2019. "We get together, we have regulars, we have a mug club. People come in, we see them almost every day sometimes, we get to know them, and it's just a good community."
She said the brewery entered four beers in total into the competition; Water Street Brewing was the only Southern Tier brewery to win an award in this competition.