New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed two measures to further modernize New York’s 80-year-old Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
These bills (S.5707-A/A.7960-A, S. 5341/A.5580) allow farm wineries, breweries, and cideries to sell any New York-made farm alcoholic beverage by the glass at their production facility or off-site branch store. Under current law, farm manufacturers are limited to selling only products by the glass they produce on-site.
“These new laws further break down artificial barriers and help increase exposure to New York’s world class beer, wine, [hard] cider, and spirits, which will help this already booming industry grow further,” Governor Cuomo said.
The signing comes on the heels of the Governor’s recent visit to the Genesee Brew House in Rochester, where he signed additional legislation to modernize the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law by allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages at on-premises establishments before noon on Sunday.
New York State farm-based alcohol beverage manufacturers, who have more than doubled in number since 2011 and have seen a 13% increase in the last year alone, provide local communities where they operate with increased tax revenue, job opportunities, increased demand for farm products, and a bolstered tourism impact for the state.
During Cuomo’s time as governor, New York is now home to more than 500 farm wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. The number of farm wineries in New York has increased by more than 60%, from 195 in 2010 to 315 today, while the number of farm distilleries grew from just 10 in 2010 to 95 today. Two new licenses have been created since 2011: the farm brewery license in 2013 and the farm cidery license in 2014, with New York now home to 129 farm breweries and 22 farm cideries.