Brewer’s Blog

Implications of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

February 14th, 2019 • by David Oksenhorn

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) of 2017 gave the craft brewing industry a lift by temporarily lowering the federal excise tax for breweries, wineries, and distilled spirit producers.  The act took effect on January 1, 2018, and is currently set to expire on December 31, 2019. But on February 6, U.S. […]

Is your Brewery Website ADA Compliant?

January 28th, 2019 • by Chip Grieco

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in any place of “public accommodation,” such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks and, yes, breweries that operate taprooms, conduct tastings, sell at retail or are otherwise open to the public (which includes most […]

Maintaining Brand Identity When Diversifying Brews

January 8th, 2019 • by Andrew Witkin

Creating a solid, great-tasting beer is at the core of any craft brewery. But no successful brewer is content with making just one. When planning how to market and present your growing craft brew offerings, it’s imperative to keep a strong brand identity top of mind. Below are some simple tips to keep your brand […]

Should your brewery tap into the Kombucha trend?

December 19th, 2018 • by Jennifer Tsyn

Kombucha is growing in popularity, and more breweries are starting to produce it. But is it an alcoholic beverage? And, if it is, is it considered beer? While there is variation among kombucha products, according to the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the term ‘kombucha’ “generally refers to a fermented beverage produced […]

Better Beer Branding Starts with ‘Why’

December 3rd, 2018 • by Shane LaChance

422 – That’s the number of breweries operating in New York State at the time this blog post was written. With no sign of slowing down, it’s safe to say that number has already been surpassed by the time you’re reading this. For brewery owners looking to increase production & grow their brand in this […]

NYS $.05 Beer Bottle & Can Deposit

November 20th, 2018 • by Paul Leone

If you bottle or can your own beer and sell it out of your tap room or self distribute your beer, this is critical information you need know to become a deposit initiator in New York State. From the NYS Dept. of Tax & Finance website: “New York State’s Returnable Container Act requires every deposit […]

New Law: Employers Must Provide Sexual Harassment Training

November 15th, 2018 • by Paul Leone

The Department of Labor has set forth new sexual harassment prevention requirements for every employer in New York State. This requirement is meant to be a tool to protect employers in the event of a sexual harassment claim or lawsuit against the person or business. DOL has released an informational video on YouTube called Sexual […]

Craft Brewing and R&D Tax Credit is Tasty Combination

November 14th, 2018 • by William Kuhlman

Craft brewers that have not yet done so should consider whether investment in product development, formulations, recipes, techniques, and manufacturing processes may qualify for a federal tax subsidy known as the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit. Many craft brewers may not realize that every day brewing activities may qualify under the updated or “relaxed” […]

5 Brewery Marketing Strategies You Should Use

November 1st, 2018 • by Chris Coughlan

The craft beer industry is one of the most rapidly growing segments not only New York, but the entire country. While this growth is a big win for the industry and our economy, the crowded marketplace is making it increasingly vital to differentiate yourself and find authentic ways to grow your brand loyalty. To get […]

Using the Think NY, Drink NY Mark Helps Everyone

October 15th, 2018 • by Meghan Connolly Haupt

Using the newly launched Think New York, Drink New York mark is important for unifying the New York craft beer industry. It also makes it easy for consumers to support local breweries which has become increasingly important in order to compete nationally. Just as the BAs Independent craft beer seal helps craft brewers compete against […]