NY breweries can now expand offerings

ALBANY -- New York breweries and wineries will now be able to sell other New York-made alcoholic beverages.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed two bills that legalizes the sale of other alcohol companies' products at breweries, wineries and cideries.

Previously, the stores were only able to sell their own alcohol.

"These new laws further break down artificial barriers and help increase exposure to New York's world class beer, wine, cider and spirits, which will help this already booming industry grow further," Cuomo said in a statement.

The measures also allow the facilities to sell other New York-produced alcoholic beverages by the glass.

The new laws come amid a boom in New York's farm beverage industry, fueled in part by the loosening of regulations under Cuomo, who has been bullish on the industry.

The number of New York's farm-based alcohol beverage manufacturers have more than doubled since 2011, Cuomo's office said.

Last week, Cuomo signed a bill into law to allow the sale of alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays at restaurants and bars, instead of noon.

The measure signed Tuesday will help all breweries and similar businesses expand their exposure across New York, advocates said.

The state has allocated $60 million for a promotional campaign for its wine, beer and spirits industry.
New York has more than 500 farm wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries.

 


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