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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Number of NY Craft Beverage Manufacturers Continues to Grow
From Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office:
The number of craft
beverage manufacturers holding a farm-based license has grown by over 150
percent since the first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Immediately following the Summit, Cuomo implemented important
legislative and regulatory reforms to promote the state's craft beverage
businesses. Since then, 433 new farm-based craft beverage licenses have been
"New York's craft beverage industry is booming, and by
cutting red tape to industry development, we have seen significant growth in
the number of manufacturers supporting our local farms and spurring job
creation across the Empire State," Cuomo said.
to more farm-breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries than ever before, I
encourage visitors and craft beverage enthusiasts to enjoy some of the best
products around, right here in New York," he said.
Since the Governor's first Summit in 2012, the Empire State has
experienced a surge in craft manufacturing with the vast majority of that
growth coming from farm-based producers.
Of the 523 craft beverage manufacturing
licenses added since the first Summit in 2012, 433 are farm-based manufacturers
that use New York grown agricultural ingredients in their production,
accounting for over 80 percent of all new craft beverage manufacturers.
The total number of all farm-based manufacturers by region:
Central New York
New York City
Western New York
Major legislation helping to spur New York's farm-based craft
industry includes Cuomo's Farm Brewery Law that went into effect on
Jan. 1, 2013, followed by the implementation of the new Farm Cidery Law,
effective Jan. 15, 2014.
These laws mirrored the 1976 Farm Winery Act
that lead to a tremendous growth of wineries and grape production in New York
The governor also overhauled the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control laws
to give more privileges to manufacturers that use ingredients grown in New
York, including hosting tastings, operating gift shops selling any
farm-produced wine, beer, cider and spirits by the bottle and by the glass from
their tastings rooms.
Farm manufacturers may also open branch stores, with
127 farm producers operating no-fee offsite tasting rooms across the
As a result of these reforms, more manufacturers are choosing
farm-based manufacturing licenses and in each craft beverage category, there
are more farm-based licenses than any other type. New York is now home to 348
farm wineries, 202 farm breweries, 123 farm distilleries and 42 farm
In addition, 80 farm wineries, 29 farm breweries, 12 farm
distilleries and 6 farm cideries have opened branch stores due to legislation
allowing farm breweries, cideries and distilleries to open branch stores.
growth in the number of farm-based licenses has led to an increased demand for
locally sourced agricultural products in New York and a synergy between the
craft beverage, tourism and agriculture sectors.