Farm Brewery

“In addition to producing some of the finest beer in the world, New York’s craft breweries are creating jobs, supporting our state’s farmers and hops growers, as well as bringing in tourism dollars in local communities across New York”.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo July 18th 2012

The farm Brewing Law was passed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012 and put in to effect January 1, 2013. It was designed to increase demand for locally grown products to further increase economic impact and create new businesses surrounding the brewing industry.

Under the new law, in order to receive a Farm Brewery license in New York State, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products. The schedule for the license is as follows:

The beer manufactured under these guidelines would be designated as “New York State labeled beer.” The legislation was modeled after the 1976 “Farm Winery Act,” which spurred the growth of wine production in this state, including the creation of 261 farm wineries and tripling the number of wineries.

Under the farm brewery license, brewers do not need an additional permit to serve beer by the glass, which has the highest return for brewers in terms of sales. Farm brewers can also make cider and serve that cider by the glass. They are allowed to have five branch offices, where they can sell their products and other New York State labeled beer, wine, and spirits by the bottle, in addition to having tasting rooms, retail shops, restaurants, and serve samples and sell at farmers markets.

The growth of farm brewing in New York State has been dramatic, however there are challenges ahead that must be addressed to ensure the future success of this license. In an effort to grow the industry further, we ask that if you are a farm growing hops or barley or processing hops and malt, that you please fill out the form below so we can connect you with farm brewers who need your product.

Beer, Hop and Malt Barley Testing:

Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage – Aaron MacLeod

Cornell AgriTech – Food Research Lab, Department of Food Science – Kaylyn Kirkpatrick

Hops and Barley Info:

Purchase NYS Hops and grower and buyer info, check out the Northeast Hop Alliance 
More NYS Hops, check out the NY Hop Shop

New York State Malt and Hops Brewery Supply Chain Analysis

Ag & Markets – 20c License info

20 C FARM Ag and Markets Doc

Contact: John M. Luker,  Assistant Director

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Division of Food Safety and Inspection

10B Airline Drive, Albany, New York 12235

John [dot] Luker [at] agriculture [dot] ny [dot] gov

New York State Malt Houses

Black Dirt Malt: Pine Island, NY
Phone: 845-772-1462
Email: blackdirtmalt [at] gmail [dot] com | Website:

NY Craft Malt: Ted Hawley, Batavia, NY
Phone: 585-813-5389
Email: ted [at] nycraftmalt [dot] comConvergence Craft: Thomas and David Salisbury, Albany, NY
Phone: 518-265-5935
Email: d [dot] salisbury [at] convergencecraft [dot] com

Country Malt Group: Jeff Hughes, Champlain, NY
Phone: 518-414-0285
Email: jhughes [at] countrymalt [dot] com

Hudson Valley Malt: Dennis and Jeanette Nesel, Germantown, NY
Phone: 845-489-3450
Email: info [at] hudsonvalleymalt [dot] net | Website:

Murmuration Malt: Emily Hill & Judd Hallett, East Bloomfield, NY
Phone: 585-329-3844
Email: murmurationmalts [at] gmail [dot] com | Website:

Niagara Malt: Bob Johnson & Brenda Young, Cambria, NY
Phone: 716-861-9887
Email: niagaramalt [at] gmail [dot] com

Subversive Malt: Max Ocean, Livingston, NY
Phone: 518-322-3512
Email: mhenry [at] drinksubversive [dot] com | Website:

Valley Malt: Andrea and Christian Stanley, Hadley, MA
Phone: 617-519-6950
Email: andrea [at] valleymalt [dot] com | Website:

Northeast Hops Alliance Hop Growers


Malting Barley Information

Western NY
Mike Stanyard (Ph.D.)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team
1581 Route 88 N., Newark, NY 14513
(o) 315-331-8415
(c) 585-764-8452

Central NY
Kevin H. Ganoe
Central New York Dairy & Field Crops Team
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Regional Field Crop Specialist
5657 State Route 5
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: 315-866-7920, ext 230
Cell: 315-219-7786
FAX: 315-866-0870
khg2 [at] cornell [dot] edu

Capital Area
Aaron Gabriel, Sr. Extension Resource Educator, Agronomy
Cornell Cooperative Extension
415 Lower Main St.
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
518-380-1496 cell
518-746-2560 ofc
adg12 [at] cornell [dot] edu

Hudson Valley
Justin K. O’Dea
Vegetable and Field Crop Extension Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
232 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY 12401
845-340-3990 ext. 390 (main)
845-943-9808 (cell)
845-340-3993 (fax)

Hartwick College Testing Lab info – Malt

Hartwick College Testing Lab info – Hops

NYSBA Farm Brewing Committee

Paul Leone – Executive Director, NYSBA

Kristen Lyons – Binghamton Brewing,  NYSBA Board of Directors

Jason Havens – Rusty Nickel Brewing

Randy Lacey – Hopshire

Jason Sahler (Chair) –NYSBA Board of Directors  Strong Rope Brewery 

Mark James – NYS Farm Bureau

Aaron MacLeod – Hartwick College

Rick Pedersen – Pedersen Hop Farms

 * denotes NYSBA Member