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Cuomo signs bills to support NY craft beverage industry

Governor signs legislation to help our state's craft beverage industry (file photo)

NEW YORK - Our state's craft beer industry is growing. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two bills this week to support New York-grown hops and expand business opportunities for farm distilleries across the state.

Governor Cuomo says "By providing new opportunities to increase the production of crops and craft beverages, this new legislation will help further diversify New York-made products, support our farms, spur job growth, and continue to grow the state's booming $100 billion tourism industry."

One bill will help New York's agricultural sector respond to the growing demand of farm breweries, which require New York-grown hops to qualify for a farm brewery license.

The other bill will allow businesses with a farm distillery license to contract with a member of the public to produce a custom liquor for that individual's consumption.

Under current law, New York wineries are authorized to manufacture custom wine for an unlicensed individual.

The Governor's offices says, "These latest actions will support the state's growing craft beverage industry and the number of farm-based manufacturers, which have increased by more than 160 percent since Governor Cuomo hosted the first Beer, Wine Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012."

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