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Decreasing Water Usage to Make Great Beer

Written by Jason Fox

As the Craft Beer Revolution doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, another revolution in beer has been brewing—a revolution that matters much more than the latest grapefruit-infused IPA or irreverently catchy brand name. Beer aficionados love choice. But when it comes to water usage, less is most definitely more. You don’t need to […]

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5 Ways Breweries Can Save Time and Improve Marketing

Written by Chris Coughlan

Many brewery marketers know that creating quality marketing content will help your brand to stand out. The next question becomes, where do I get the time to focus on my content marketing? I already have to focus on brewing my beer, running the taproom, and coordinating events. Rather than fret about all the extra hours […]

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Reducing Brewery Exposure Through Risk Transfer

Written by Matt Rowsell

In 1624, English Poet John Donne was credited with the phrase, “No Man is an Island.” In 2017, this could easily be adapted to say “No Brewery Is an Island.” All breweries work with numerous outside entities that range from your typical business exposures such as landlords, vendors and distributors to industry unique risks like […]

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Legal Requirements for Beer with Fruit, Spices and other Specialty Ingredients

Written by Jennifer Tsyn

With the warmer weather, many breweries may be producing, or considering producing, seasonal beers with flavors such as cherry or other fruits.  As fall approaches, beers with pumpkin, apples, and spices are likely to be more popular.  Studies have shown that the percentage of new beers hitting the market that are of the flavored variety […]

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Distribution Contracts for Breweries in New York

Written by Brendan Palfreyman

A critical step in the growth of a brewery is the decision whether and when to start distributing.  Some breweries engage a distributor right out the gate whereas some will remain on premises and self-distribute for life, and there is a definite trend towards the latter.  It is imperative that before you enter into in […]

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New York State Paid Family Leave – What You Need to Know

Written by Matt Rowsell

What is the Law? On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation enacting the NYS Paid Family Leave Act. Effective January 1, 2018, this law will officially go into effect. The Paid Family Leave Act, or  “PFLA”, will give all employees in New York the right to take a leave of absence in the […]

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Legal Checklist for Starting a Brewery in New York – UPDATED

Written by Brendan Palfreyman

Do you have a brewery in planning or are you thinking about starting your own brewery in New York?  Congratulations!  Below is a legal to do list in chronological order for you to consider as you begin the process.  It is not an exhaustive list but it covers everything from trademarks, to commercial leases, to […]

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Brewer Event: Beer Quality Summit – Free

Written by Paul Leone

Rheonix is once again hosting a free seminar for New York State brewers to learn more about the SpoilerAlert™ Assay. The assay is a molecular diagnostics test which determines the presence of beer spoilage organisms. They will even test samples live at the seminar for samples submitted by May 16. Food and beverages will be served. Date: […]

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Managing your risks as your brewery grows

Written by Rob Dettman

Almost everyone who gets involved in the brewing industry dreams of growing their business and their brand. However, with growth come additional risk that need to be managed. Below are some items to address with your insurance broker if you are in the process of growing or changing aspects of your operations; Increasing property coverage […]

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Coolships in New York

Written by Brendan Palfreyman

While by trade I’m a lawyer and most of my articles for the New York State Brewers Association relate to legal issues for craft brewers, from time to time I like to just write about aspects of the craft beer industry I love. Well over two years ago I wrote an article for the New […]

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