Brewers Blog



Are you prepared for an increase in the salary requirements for exempt employees?

Written by Joe Carello

By Joseph A. Carello Like most employers, you likely employ a mix of employees who are overtime-eligible (non-exempt) and employees who are paid a salary regardless of the number of hours they work per week (exempt). In a move that has been estimated to make an additional 4.2 million employees eligible to receive overtime, the United States […]

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New York State: One Step Closer to ABC Reform

Written by Jackie Sudano

Governor Cuomo’s proposed bill to reform the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Code has officially passed the assembly as of Friday, June 17. The Senate previously passed the bill on Thursday, June 16, and it was delivered to the Assembly for approval. There it was substituted for Bill a10728 and passed by the Assembly. Since […]

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Sewage, Brewage – Wastewater used in brewing beer

Written by Alison Torbitt

By Alison Torbitt Wastewater reuse is becoming increasingly common for irrigation, dust suppression, industrial cooling, groundwater recharge… and now, for brewing. While there remains some significant regulatory hurdles (if not, state-wide prohibitions on selling), some innovative breweries are busy experimenting, using treated wastewater as a substitute for potable water. Water usage and wastewater disposal are […]

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Governor Cuomo announces legislation to modernize alcohol laws

Written by Isaac Figueras

On Wednesday, May 18, Governor Cuomo followed up on the recommendations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group by announcing new legislation to continue bolstering New York’s craft beverage industry by reworking parts of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law. The announcement was made from the Three Heads Brewery in Rochester, New York, a large-sized […]

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New Federal Law Increases Protections for Brewery Trade Secrets

Written by Chip Grieco

Trade secrets have become the lifeblood of just about every industry in the United States – including every sector of the beer industry, both large and small. So what exactly is a trade secret? It is the confidential and commercially valuable information that provides your company with a competitive advantage. Familiar examples of trade secret […]

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Make your brewery’s brand identity design a top priority

Written by Dailey Crafton

If you are a brewery in planning, you are no doubt in the process of prioritizing tasks; what has to be done now, what must be done in the near future and what can be done down the road a bit. Things like finding a space, obtaining all of the proper licensing/insurance and securing brewing […]

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The laws—they are (possibly) a-changin’

Written by Jackie Sudano

By Jackie Sudano On April 13, Governor Cuomo announced the findings of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABCL) Working Group, which had been assembled in November 2015 to take a hard look at the current ABC laws here in New York State and figure out how to make them work in our modern world. The […]

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Rain Water, Conservation and Beer!

Written by Rick Marx

Written by Richard Marx and Elaine Enfonde Craft brewers are becoming known as leaders in sustainability. Many of the ingredients used to create craft beer are based on local materials, especially the primary ingredient—water. New York State has an abundance of clean and affordable fresh water. Today, although it may seem that New York State has a copious […]

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Zoning Amendments Make Way for Farm to Pint Glass…

Written by Jesse Hiney

By Jesse Hiney The Town of Brookhaven and several other municipalities across the state have recently amended certain zoning provisions to authorize the brewing of beer, cider, wine and other spirits on farmland. The amendments approved by the Town of Brookhaven in February 2016 incentivize the use of locally grown (in this case, on-site) ingredients similar […]

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3 Important Insurance Considerations for Commercial Breweries

Written by Joe Gresia

by Joe Gresia How do you intend to interact with the general public? Will you offer brewery tours or have a tasting room? Both of these elements, while great for marketing and generating growth, come with their share of risk, and need to be considered when purchasing insurance. Fortunately, most general liability policies will cover […]

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