COVID-19 Industry Information & Resources

Page updated: 10/9/2020 at 8:00AM

The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all New York State Breweries. The craft beer industry is STRONG. Together, we will get through this.

New York State has established the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314

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Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises in Response

Guidance on Restrictions for Licensees and To-Go & Delivery Sales

Cluster Zone Information

Find Cluster Zones by Address

Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines

Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines

Phase 2 Reopening Outdoor Guidelines

Reopening Guidelines for NYS Breweries

Regional Reopening Plans

Region By Region Reopening

Guidance on Live Music: Presented by BMI and CSRA

How To Bring Live Music Back In a COVID-19 Environment

PPP Loans

If you are going to apply for these loans we urge you not to wait since there is only a limited amount of money available. Please reach out to your lender as soon as possible.

Please note: The interest rate has changed on the PPP Loan from 0.5% to 1%.


Regarding Shipping Beer within NY

NYS breweries can temporarily ship beer within state lines via UPS or FedEx. USPS does not allow it.

It is important to note that UPS and FedEx may have conflicting internal policies about delivering beer. UPS has a beer shipping page for you to reference.

Regarding Quarterly Tax Payments

Quarterly tax payment is due Friday, March 20th, as scheduled. However, there will be no interest or penalties for late payments. 

NYS Tax Department Guidance

Regarding Temporary Expansion of outdoor spaces

Any licensee that expands its premises pursuant to the immediately foregoing paragraph shall, within 5 business days of doing, so submit an updated diagram to the SLA at temporaryalterations [at] sla [dot] ny [dot] gov – please include your license serial number in the subject line.  Failure to do so shall subject a licensee to disciplinary charges for illegal extension of premises. 

Regarding Quarantine of 100% of all NYS Non-Essential Workforce: Breweries are still considered essential.

The Governor has issued a mandate that all non-essential businesses must close. As the guidance reads now, food and beverage manufacturing is still considered essential. Read the full guidance here

Essential manufacturing including
• food processing, including all foods and beverages
• chemicals
• medical equipment/instruments
• pharmaceuticals
• safety and sanitary products
• telecommunications
• microelectronics/semi-conductor
• agriculture/farms
• paper products

PPE Gear for your brewery workers – A&P Master Images

Free Webinars

Courtesy of NYSBA Allied Members.

Financial Resources

Guide to Payroll Protection Program – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Assitance – M&T Bank

NYS Quarterly and Annual tax relief form

U.S Department of Labor

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) information

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA Distaster Assistance PDF

SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA Fact Sheet PDF

Economic Injury Disaster Loans One Sheet

NYC Small Business Services Loans and Grants

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

Mortgage Deferment – Bond, Schoeneck, & King

Financial Resources – Marcum Accountants & Advisors

Free Templates & Forms – Fisher Phillips

Emergency Sick Leave Law – Fisher Phillips

COVID-19 Financial Data Bank – Fisher Phillips

Insurance Resources

Guidance to Department of Financial Services (“DFS”)

NYS Unemployment Insurance FAQ

Unemployment Insurance and the CARES Act information

Insurance Information for Breweries – Cool Insuring Agency

Covid-19 & Your Business – Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy

Business Interruption Insurance – Paris-Kirwan Associates Inc.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under The CARES Act – Bond, Schoeneck, & King

Policy Update – AmTrust Financial Services

Policy Update – MEMIC Employer’s Mutual

Policy Update – Paris-Kirwan Associates Inc.

WC Rating Board: New Classification for Idled Employees

Government Resources:

DMV guidance on expired licenses

SLA: Restrictions for Licensees in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

CDC Opening Guidance for Restaurants and Bars

World Health Organization: Covid-19 Updates and Guidance 

World Health Organization: Q&A On Coronavirus

Center for Disease Control & Prevention: Covid-19 Updates

OSHA: Guidance on preparing the workplace for Covid-19

NYS Department of Health: Covid-19 State UpdatesDMV guidance on expired licenses

Industry Resources:

BA: Coronavirus resource center

BA: Coronavirus Impact Poll

BA: Brewery Shutdown Saftey Guidance

ProBrewer: Community Covid-19 Crisis Center

Brewbound: National Covid-19 News and Updates

National Restaurant Association: Coronavirus Informations and Resources

NYS Farm Bureau: Covid-19 Alert

Other Resources For COVID-19

YouTube Webinar

Live Updates – NY Times

Marketing Resources

Marketing your Brewery During the Pandemic

Marketing Tips Infographic – Site Seeker Solutions



Due to the governor’s cautionary Coronavirus (COVID-19) ban on events of more than 500 people, and more importantly, the health and safety of our community, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the NYS Craft Brewers Conference is canceled.

This was NOT an easy decision to make, but we believe that the NYSBA is doing the right thing for our members and their families.

As we move forward, we will keep you informed if there are plans to reschedule what was shaping up to be an outstanding event thanks in large part to you, our sponsors, and our partners.

The New York State craft beer industry is strong and together we will weather these uncertain times. 

*If you need to cancel hotel reservations made at the Desmond Hotel Albany please call (800) 448-3500.


New York State Craft Brewers Conference 2021
March 10-12, 2021
Albany Capital Center


An abbreviated round of judging will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 14th. More details and information to come.


Albany – Cancelled/Postponed

Those who purchased tickets will be receiving a full refund.

Our plans are to reschedule this event in 2020 and we hope that you will consider pouring at the festival when we do. Stay safe and thank you for supporting NYS craft beer.

Buffalo, Long Island & Syracuse: Cancelled/Postponed

Buffalo – See you in 2021

Long Island – See you in 2021

Syracuse – See you in 2021

If you are interested in pouring at a NYS Craft Brewers Festival, please contact Jen Meyers at jen [at] newyorkstatecraftbeer [dot] com.

Tickets to go on sale soon.