The legalities and logistics of operating a brewery vary state by state. Below are quick link resources for NYS craft brewery owners and operators.

State Liquor Authority


Seltzer Info

Beer for ABC purposes doesn’t need to be grain based, sugar is the malt substitute in this case.

“Beer”  means  and includes any fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured from malt, wholly  or  in  part,  or  from  and substitute therefor.

According to the SLA, on the Standard Malt Beverage/Beer Brand Label Registration Application, for Question 17, Product Type, for hard seltzers you would pick the “Other” option.

Getting Started

Where to start to open a brewery in New York State

Common FAQ’s for Beverage Businesses

What You Can Do as a Craft Beverage Manufacturer


Adding an On Premise license (allows shipping and home deliver)

Farm Brewery License Law

Branch Office Application

Understanding different Brewery Licenses

How to apply for a Farm Brewery License

State Liquor Authority Handbook for Retail Licensees

Brewery License Forms

Brand Label Registration Info

Brand Label Registration Guidance

Delinquent (C.O.D.) List

Governing Rules for Food Processing Establishments (20-C)

Register as a Distributor of Alcoholic Beverages

Adding a license to an existing license form (combined license)


Market Permit for off-site beer consumption

Alcohol Beverage Control Law

Federal License TTB Application

TTB Workers Comp Waiver Request for breweries with 1-2 Executive Officers


Alcoholic Beverage Tax Information

Department of Taxation and Finance information 

Beer Production Tax Credit Information

Beer Manufacturer Tax Exemption Info

Register as a Deposit Initiator

Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Equipment Info

Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Equipment Form


A Recipe for Intellectual Property Protection

NYS Sexual Harassment Policy and Law

Regional Info

Suffolk County Craft Beverage Info Page

General Info

TTB Label Info

TTB Guidelines for brewing with Cannabis/THC/CBD/Hemp 

Dept. of Tax and Finance Beverage Container Deposit Info


Yeast Production with Chris White from White Labs