By Ashley Hupfl
ALBANY Under the state's new farm brewery license, 14 local farm breweries have opened since January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The farm brewery license exempts local breweries from needing additional permits to serve beer and cider by the glass. Under the law, breweries may have up to five branch offices where they can sell their products and other state-labeled beer, wine, and liquor, Gannett's Ashley Hupfl reports.
The new farm breweries have opened across the state, including in Monroe, Tompkins and Greene counties.
The legislation was modeled after the 1976 Farm Winery Act that increased the growth and production of wine in the state.
"With the opening of 14 farm breweries since January and a nearly 100 percent increase in our microbreweries, it is clear that New York's craft beer industry is booming - and this is just the beginning," Cuomo said in a statement. "Not only do these efforts benefit New York's craft breweries, but they also help our agricultural sector to flourish. We want New Yorkers and visitors to 'buy local' and keep coming back for more."
The legislation signed by Cuomo in July 2012 requires brewers to make their beer with 20 percent of ingredients from New York. This law goes until 2018. After 2018, no less than 60 percent of ingredients must be grown in the state. After 2024, 90 percent of ingredients must be grown and produced in New York.
The state budget includes $40,000 for the state Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, Ontario County, to establish an acre of disease-free certified hops. New York Craft Malt in Batavia, Genesee County, will receive more than $117,00 for equipment and machinery to use locally-grown, malt grade barley.
This year's amount of hops acreage is 140, doubled from last year. Hops growers have invested more than $2 million in production over that last two years, Cuomo's office said.
"The growth of our industry is huge - at the rate we're going, we could possibly see over 200 breweries across New York state by the end of 2014," Paul Leone, Executive Director of state Brewers Association said in a statement.
The 14 licensed farm breweries include:
- Good Nature Brewing (Hamilton, Madison County)
- The Beer Diviner (Stephentown, Rensselaer County)
- Rooster Fish Brewing (Watkins Glen, Schuyler County)
- Climbing Bines Hop Farm (Penn Yan, Yates County)
- Hopshire Farm and Brewery (Freeville, Tompkins County)
- Fairport Brewing Company (Fairport, Monroe County)
- Brown's Brewing Co. (Troy, Rensselaer County)
- Abandon Brewing Company (Penn Yan, Yates County)
- Hamburg Brewing Company (Hamburg, Erie County)
- Erie Canal Brewing Company (Canastota, Madison County)
- Henneberg Brewing Company (Cazenovia, Madison County)
- Long Ireland Beer Company (Riverhead, Suffolk County)
- Honey Hollow Brewery (Earlton, Greene County)