Palmesano Announces Passage Of Farm Brewery License Bill

Legislation will promote agriculture and tourism in New York

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I – Corning) today announced the passage of legislation (Assembly Bill 10694) that will create a farm brewery license and promote New York State-grown ingredients. The license would allow an individual to operate a brewery for the manufacture of New York State-labeled beer and cider at an annual cost of $320.

The bill will phase in over the next 12 years increasing levels of New York State-grown products required to be used for products marked with a New York State label. From now until December 31, 2018, at least 20 percent of the hops, by weight, used in production must be grown in New York and at least 20 percent of all other ingredients, excluding water, must be grown in New York. From January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023 that number increases to 60 percent, and after January 1, 2024 it increases to 90 percent.

The bill also will allow licensed farm breweries to apply for a permit to hold tastings in addition to selling their products, producing products consisting of beer, such as beer nuts and mustard, and charging for tours of the premises.

“This is a great bill that will not only benefit New York farmers but will promote job growth and increase agri-tourism,” said Palmesano. “Legislation like this is exactly what we need to support agriculture in New York – the largest and most important industry in our state.”

The bill, which also has passed the Senate and is expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo, is supported by the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Farm Bureau, as it will help encourage job growth, promote tourism and help farmers by providing them with a new permanent market, noted Palmesano.