Farm Brewery

“In addition to producing some of the finest beer in the world, New York’s craft breweries are creating jobs, supporting our state’s farmers and hops growers, as well as bringing in tourism dollars in local communities across New York”.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo July 18th 2012

The farm Brewing Law was passed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012 and put in to effect January 1, 2013. It was designed to increase demand for locally grown products to further increase economic impact and create new businesses surrounding the brewing industry.

Under the new law, in order to receive a Farm Brewery license in New York State, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products. The schedule for the license is as follows:

  • Until the end of 2018, at least 20% of the hops and 20% of all other ingredients must be grown in New York State.
  • From January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023, no less than 60% of the hops and 60% of all other ingredients must be grown in New York State.
  • From January 1, 2024, no less than 90% of the hops and 90% of all other ingredients must be grown in New York State.

The beer manufactured under these guidelines would be designated as “New York State labeled beer.” The legislation was modeled after the 1976 “Farm Winery Act,” which spurred the growth of wine production in this state, including the creation of 261 farm wineries and tripling the number of wineries.

Under the farm brewery license, brewers do not need an additional permit to serve beer by the glass, which has the highest return for brewers in terms of sales. Farm brewers can also make cider and serve that cider by the glass. They are allowed to have five branch offices, where they can sell their products and other New York State labeled beer, wine, and spirits by the bottle, in addition to having tasting rooms, retail shops, restaurants, and serve samples and sell at farmers markets.

The growth of farm brewing in New York State has been dramatic, however there are challenges ahead that must be addressed to ensure the future success of this license. In an effort to grow the industry further, we ask that if you are a farm growing hops or barley or processing hops and malt, that you please fill out the form below so we can connect you with farm brewers who need your product.


NYS Hop Farm Maphops_map
NYS Malt Farm Mapmalt_map


New York State Malt and Hops Brewery Supply Chain Analysis

Ag & Markets – 20c License info

20 C FARM Ag and Markets Doc

Contact: John M. Luker,  Assistant Director

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Division of Food Safety and Inspection

10B Airline Drive, Albany, New York 12235


New York State Malt Houses

Queen City Malting* – Bob and Adam Patterson

Flower City Malt Lab 

Farmhouse Malt and Brewery *  Marty and Natalie Mattrazzo

Convergence Craft Malt* – Chris White

New York Craft Malt  Ted and Patty Hawley

Pioneer Malting – Paolo & Adam Fillipetti and Andy Suppo

East Coast Malts  Art Fives

Niagara Malt – Bob Johnson

Germantown Beer Farm – Dennis and Jeanette Nesel

Empire Malt Works (Albany, NY)

Subversive Malting – Zane Coffey

Northeast Hops Alliance Hop Growers


Malting Barley Information

Western NY
Mike Stanyard (Ph.D.)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team
1581 Route 88 N., Newark, NY 14513
(o) 315-331-8415
(c) 585-764-8452

Central NY
Kevin H. Ganoe
Central New York Dairy & Field Crops Team
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Regional Field Crop Specialist
5657 State Route 5
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: 315-866-7920, ext 230
Cell: 315-219-7786
FAX: 315-866-0870

Capital Area
Aaron Gabriel, Sr. Extension Resource Educator, Agronomy
Cornell Cooperative Extension
415 Lower Main St.
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
518-380-1496 cell
518-746-2560 ofc

Hudson Valley
Justin K. O’Dea
Vegetable and Field Crop Extension Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
845-340-3990 ext. 390 (main)
845-943-9808 (cell)
845-340-3993 (fax)

Hartwick College Testing Lab info – Malt

Hartwick College Testing Lab info – Hops


NYSBA Farm Brewing Committee

Paul Leone – Executive Director, NYSBA

Rich Vandenburgh – Greenport Harbor, NYSBA Board of Directors

Matt Whalen – Good Nature Brewing

Chris Hanson – Climbing Bines

Randy Lacey – Hopshire

Tim Garman – Fairport Brewing

Jason Sahler – Strong Rope Brewery

Mark James – NYS Farm Bureau

Steve Miller – Cornell Hops Expert

Kevin Ganoe – Cornell University

Eric Feldman – Braven Brewing

Aaron MacLeod – Hartwick College

 * denotes NYSBA Member