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Craft New York Act Signed by Cuomo

If you have been wondering how Buffalo has suddenly gone from a snail’s pace to Tasmanian devil mode when it comes to the growth of breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, it’s mainly due to deregulations that are allowing the the industries to thrive once again. Just this past week, Governor Cuomo signed the Craft New York Act, which is slated to go into effect in 30 days. After the law goes into effect, the changes in regulations pertaining to NY manufacturers and their ability to market their products will take hold:

  • allowing producers to conduct tastings and serve “by the bottle” and “by the glass”
  • permitting farm distilleries to increase the retail outlets where they can sell and offer samples of their products
  • lowering the food requirement that must be met by manufacturers when offering tastings and consumption on premises
  • allowing farm distilleries to obtain a permit to operate a branch office, eliminating the need for a separate license
  • reducing costs for small manufacturers by increasing the production cap and permitting the production of more product without increased fees.

“New York produces some of the best wine, beer, spirits and cider in the world—an industry which not only creates jobs but supports farmers and brings in tourism dollars across every corner of the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new law builds upon this administration’s ongoing efforts to promote this industry by cutting red tape, reducing burdensome regulations and removing artificial barriers that stifled growth. New York is truly open for business, and I thank my partners in the legislature for their hard work in making this a success for all of our craft beverage businesses.”

“New York State has seen extraordinary growth in the craft beverage industry in recent years,” said New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, in regards to Cuomo’s signing of the measure Many of our old prohibition-era laws have been an impediment to growth, and this latest package of changes will spur new investment and expansion of breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries right here in Western New York. When I visited Lockhouse Distillery in Buffalo earlier this year to talk about this legislation, the owners of Lockhouse were excited about the changes coming from New York, and are looking forward to continuing to grow their business. We have seen many success stories in Western New York and throughout our state, with new craft beverage makers creating jobs in our communities because of burdensome regulations that New York has done away with. I look forward to the continued growth of this important industry.”

Lead image: Lockhouse Distillery


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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