From the office of state Sen. Patty Ritchie:
A bill has passed the state Senate to create New York’s first official craft beer trail, a unique attraction that would boost the Upstate economy and highlight local craft breweries in Northern New York.
Similar to the way in which wine trails have been established in the region, the bill sponsored by Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, would create the “North Country Craft Beer Trail,” linking craft breweries in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.
Under Ritchie’s measure, the North Country Craft Beer Trail would link breweries from Watertown to Canton, and signage would be installed to mark the new attraction. In the future, Ritchie plans to introduce legislation to create and link additional craft beer trails in an effort to further grow the industry and promote tourism statewide.
In recent years, New York’s craft beer industry has grown significantly, with the number of craft breweries more than doubling since 2012. Today, New York State is the third largest producer of craft beer in the United States, with an annual economic impact of $3.5 billion.