About Us

New York’s craft breweries are not only a source of local pride, but they create jobs and drive tourism in every corner of the state. No state has done more to assist and promote craft manufacturing than New York, because we know that when our businesses succeeds, all of New York succeeds. – Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) is a 501 (c)6  and was founded in 2003 to serve as a promotional and legislative proponent for New York State breweries, microbreweries, farm breweries, brewpubs and brewing affiliated businesses. The growth of the Craft Beer segment continues to be strong and New York State’s share of that growth has exceeded that of breweries on the national level.

¹ New York State Brewers Association
² The Stonebridge Research Group
² The Brewers Association 2013
³ The Brewers Association New Brewer Industry Review 2013

The outlook for breweries in New York State remains strong with more breweries-in-planning than ever, continued barrelage increases and growth in distribution in and out of state. In addition, with tremendous support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislators throughout the State, breweries in New York are enjoying great success and are poised to continue making great beer, increase market share, and create more jobs.

NYSBA Mission
Promote, protect and educate about the culture and business of New York State breweries

NYSBA Objectives

NYSBA Committees

Executive Committee – Chris Ericson (President), Rich Vandenburg (VP), Ethan Cox (Treasurer) Kevin Mullen (Secretary), Fred Matt (1st Past President)

Governance Committee – Ethan Cox (Chair),  Rich Vandenburgh, Kristen Lyons, Chris Spinelli

Government Affairs – David Katleski (Chair), Doug Campbell,

Technical/Quality – Kevin Mullen (Chair) Joe Bustos, Rich Michaels, Hutch Kugeman,

Finance Committee – Chris Ericson (Chair), Rich Vandenburgh, Chris Spinelli, Ethan Cox,

Marketing/Events – Nikki Cavanaugh (Chair), David Katleski,

Competition Committee – Chris Spinelli (Chair), Ethan Cox, Hutch Kugeman,

Draft Quality – Nikki Cavanaugh (Chair), Ethan Cox, Kevin Mullen,

Safety –  (Chair), Bill Lenczuk, Jen Meyers,

Inclusivity Committee – Sofia Barbaresco (Chair), Nancy Henry, Jen Newman, Chris Gandsy, Chris Spinelli, Laura Dierks,

Farm Brewing – Kristen Lyons (Chair), Steve Miller (Cornell), Randy Lacey, Mark James (Farm Bureau), Jason Sahler, Justin O’Dea (Cornell), Aaron MacLeod (Hartwick), Jason Havens