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 microbrewery slated to open its doors in the near future. The new legislation, named the Craft New York Act, aims to reduce burdens on producers of alcohol and lower restrictions on marketing of craft alcohol products.
There are several key components to the Craft New York Act, many of which can be tied directly to the recommendations of the Working Group. A few highlighted components include:
The full press release may be found at:
The Craft New York Act represents another progressive step for New York in the state’s series of reforms to the craft beverage industry that began in 2011. The monumental rise of microbreweries and other manufacturers of craft beverages in the past six years demonstrates the success of these initiatives. Members of the craft beverage industry are highly encouraged to follow the progress of this important legislation.