Brewer’s Blog

Make Your Craft Beer Packaging Stand Out

May 1st, 2019 • by Lexy Eickelman

It’s Time to Stand Out to Draw Consumers In Fun (yet not-so-fun) fact: There are more than 6,500 breweries in operation across the United States. With that much competition, how in the world are you supposed to stand out? Sure, aficionados of one brew type over another will know the playing field of their respective […]

Top 5 ADA Action Items for Brewery Websites

April 20th, 2019 • by Parihan (Perry) Rahman-Porras

2018 saw a record number of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits filed against restaurants, wineries and breweries. Although businesses have long been aware of how ADA affects their brick and mortar locations, they are largely unaware that this law also applies to their websites. Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application […]

Global NY Loan Fund to Help Alcoholic Beverage Industry

April 18th, 2019 • by Paul Leone

Global NY Loan Fund – Distilled and Fermented Beverage Initiative – $5 million Through the Distilled and Fermented Beverage Initiative, ESD will provide zero percent interest loans in principal amounts between $10,000 to $50,000, with terms of up to seven years, directly to New York State’s small and medium-sized companies in either the distilled or […]

How do Mead and Braggot Rules Affect Other Markets?

April 15th, 2019 • by Michelle R. Billington

Part 3 of 3 in a Series about Mead & Braggot. Part 1: MEAD AND BRAGGOT: NEW LICENSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NY BREWERIES Part 2:MEAD AND BRAGGOT: WHAT COULD BREWERS MAKE AND SELL UNDER THE NEW LICENSING PROVISIONS? The new ABCL provisions covering mead and braggot include changes to the requirements for retail licensees that will […]

Protecting Your Brewery Brand

April 12th, 2019 • by Martin Ricciardi

Crafting Your Business: Post 4 of 4 in the Series from the NYS Craft Beverages Handbook If you are a brewery owner grappling with brand names for a brewery, a brew pub or products, uncertainty over whether your chosen names are available for your intended uses will undoubtedly cause some anxiety.  We often hear from […]

Mead and Braggot: What Could Brewers Make and Sell Under the New Licensing Provisions?

April 7th, 2019 • by Michelle R. Billington

Part 2 of 3 in a Series about Mead & Braggot. The new “mead producers’ license” and “farm meadery license” both authorize the licensee to manufacture and sell mead and braggot. Specifically, the mead producers’ license will allow the licensee to produce mead and braggot on its licensed premises for sale in bottles, barrels, or […]

Mead and Braggot: New Licensing Opportunities for NY Breweries

April 5th, 2019 • by Michelle R. Billington

Part 1 of 3 in a Series about Mead & Braggot. Recent changes to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABCL) addressing the production and licensing of mead and braggot in New York State took effect on March 28, 2019.  These amendments create a new Article 3 to the ABCL and add corresponding definitions of relevant […]

Calculating Overtime for Brewery Employees

April 3rd, 2019 • by Erin M. Callahan

Crafting Your Business: Post 3 of 4 in the Series from the NYS Craft Beverages Handbook On March 28, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced it was proposing to change the definition of an employee’s “regular rate” of pay. If adopted, it could impact how employers calculate an employee’s overtime rate and […]

On-Premises Licensing…Brewery Location is Key

March 27th, 2019 • by Genevieve Trigg

Crafting Your Business: Post 2 of 4 in the Series from the NYS Craft Beverages Handbook Every smart business owner knows a key element to a successful business is a prime location. But when it comes to serving alcohol on-premises at your establishment, it’s more than just the neighborhood you have to consider. There are two rules that the State Liquor Authority […]

Locating your Brewery – The Site Selection Process

March 20th, 2019 • by Randall Beach

Crafting Your Business: Post 1 of 4 in the Series from the NYS Craft Beverages Handbook One of the first things a proposed brewery owner needs to determine is where the brewery will be located.  “Location, Location,  Location” is what the realtors say – and they’re right!  Locating your brewery in the right spot will help drive traffic to your tap […]