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5 Steps to Build a Strong Brand Strategy

Written by Chris Coughlan

Marketing is ALL about interaction and creating a personal connection with your audience. Storytelling takes you places. What better place than to do this than the craft beverage industry? Some of the most interesting and unique stories come straight from brewers. From selling beer out of a van to driving a boat around the lake […]

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What is “New York Labelled Beer” and Who Can Sell It?

Written by Brendan Palfreyman

A popular question among breweries and breweries-in-planning in New York is what is “New York State Labelled Beer” and who can sell it? What is New York State Labelled Beer? The term “New York State Labelled Beer” is a product of the farm brewery legislation pioneered by Empire Brewing Co. founder and owner David Katleski […]

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Farm Brewery versus Microbrewery License in New York

Written by Brendan Palfreyman

One of the most frequent questions I get from breweries-in-planning in New York is: “Should I apply for a farm brewery license (FD 106) or a regular microbrewery license (MI 101)?”  The answer, of course, is personal to each brewer, but the pros and cons of each license should be considered. There is a tradeoff […]

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How Brewers can get R&D Tax Credit

Written by Paul Leone

At the NYSBA Brewers Conference in Syracuse presented by Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP, Kate Welc gave an informative presentation about tax credits and deductions that could save breweries thousands of dollars. Kate referred to an innovation tax credit that applies to breweries. You don’t need to be reinventing beer in order to qualify. Updating […]

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Raffle: NY Craft Beer Suite @ NY Islanders Game

Written by Paul Leone

Have you ever been to a NHL game? It is nothing short of exhilarating! Add in a private suite for 15 people at the Barclays Center stocked with food and New York craft beer and you have a fantastic evening. NYSBA is selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for the organization which promotes and supports the […]

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Elimination of Bond Requirement for Breweries/Brewpubs, Distilled Spirit Plants, Wineries

Written by Paul Leone

Starting January 1, 2017, if you are a TTB-permitted entity owing less than $50,000 in excise taxes in the previous year and expect to owe less than $50,000 in the current year on beer, distilled spirits, or wine, you will no longer be required to hold a bond. Because the bond exemption does not go […]

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Brewery Safety: Top Hazards and How to Reduce Risk

Written by Rob Dettman

The cheapest claim for a brewery is the one that never happens. The best way to keep your insurance premiums low over the long term is to minimize the impact of claims on your business. While risk cannot be 100% removed from operating a brewery, there are a variety of ways a brewer or owner, […]

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Brewer Event: Beer Quality Seminar at Newburgh Brewing

Written by Peter Trabold

NYSBA members and non-members alike are invited to attend this complimentary seminar.  Why Attend This Quality Seminar? The recent growth in the craft brewing business in the past several years has been tremendous. New breweries are popping up every day and the US is on pace to have 5,000 breweries by the end of the […]

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Mimosa Law About More Than Sunday Brunch: Part 1 – No More Solicitor Permits

Written by Chip Grieco

Autumn: the season of crunchy leaves, sweater weather, and crisp, cool beverages. Great fanfare followed enactment of the so-called “Mimosa Law” in New York State that now allows us to brunch unfettered on Sundays mornings. However, other, perhaps less sexy, changes to New York’s antiquated Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Law will also bring welcome relief […]

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Employment Law Developments for New York Brewers

Written by Christopher Gegwich

Needless to say, it is tough to be an employer in New York. The laws and legal requirements relating to the employer-employee relationship are constantly changing and it takes a lot to be compliant and up to date. Let’s see if we can help just a bit. The following is a list of recent amendments […]

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