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.


Support & protect the New York State craft beer industry through advocacy, education, and promotion.



Board of Directors

The NYSBA is controlled by its members and led by a Board of Directors.

The Board understands the daily challenges facing the industry and recognizes the need for this Association. We encourage each brewery, brewery related business, beer aficionado, and the like to become an active member in this new and exciting organization. Collectively, we will make a difference.

Meet the Board of Directors


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

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

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

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

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

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

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