The legalities and logistics of operating a brewery vary state by state. Below are quick link resources for NYS craft brewery owners and operators.
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.
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)
Understanding different Brewery Licenses
How to apply for a Farm Brewery License
State Liquor Authority Handbook for Retail Licensees
Brand Label Registration Guidance
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
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
Suffolk County Craft Beverage Info Page
TTB Guidelines for brewing with Cannabis/THC/CBD/Hemp
Dept. of Tax and Finance Beverage Container Deposit Info