Rain Water, Conservation and Beer!

April 29th, 2016 • by Rick Marx and Elaine Enfonde

Rain Water, Conservation and Beer!

• by Rick 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 amount of fresh water, […]

Tap NY 2016 is in the books!

April 24th, 2016 • by Paul Leone

110 NYS breweries gathered at Hunter Mountain once again this year. Many thanks to Danny Picket and David Kukle with Hunter Mountain, and Nat Collins and Bill Woodring the founders of Tap for their $5495 donation to the NYSBA, we sincerely appreciate your continued support!      

ESD is offering interest-free loans of up to $50,000

April 22nd, 2016 • by Paul Leone

ESD is offering interest-free loans of up to $50,000 for Distilled and Fermented Beverage industry businesses to promote New York State’s thriving beverage industry on a global scale. Companies must apply to ESD for these loans. To apply, click here. 

Top 5 TTB Application Tips

April 20th, 2016 • by Paul Leone

by John Szymankiewicz April 19, 2016 Related Topics: TTB, Legal, Finance Learn to successfully navigate the application process.   Understanding the approval process will help get your business up and running faster. As an attorney working almost exclusively with craft beverage producers, I get a lot of questions about the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) application process.  I often think of […]

Zoning Amendments Make Way for Farm to Pint Glass…

• 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 to the […]

3 Important Insurance Considerations for Commercial Breweries

April 14th, 2016 • 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 this exposure, but […]

Governor Cuomo Announces Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group Recommendations

April 13th, 2016 • by Paul Leone

Below is the summary of the Work Groups findings. Serving on the committee for the NYSBA were Steve Hindy, Co-Founder of Brooklyn Brewery, Nick Matt, FX Matt Brewing, and NYSBA Executive Director, Paul Leone. Please read below. Recommendations to update New York’s alcohol laws include reorganizing statute, consolidating licenses and modernizing the State’s Blue Laws […]

Another employer violates the law for disciplining an employee over social media posts

April 4th, 2016 • by Joe Carello

In what is becoming a common theme for employers, an administrative law judge recently ruled that Chipotle violated the National Labor Relations Act after it disciplined and fired an employee for his social media posts. The employee, an hourly food prep and food service worker at a Chipotle location in Pennsylvania, posted tweets complaining of […]