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October 27th, 2017 • by Paul Leone

Forum Follows Up on Transformative Legislation for the Brewing and Spirits Industries Championed by Governor Cuomo UTICA–The brewing and hops industries have helped define the legacy of the Erie Canal and the Mohawk Valley. How they can again serve as an economic catalyst in the region and revitalize communities will be discussed at a forum […]

New York Craft Beer Competition and Governor’s Excelsior Cup Results

August 2nd, 2017 • by Paul Leone

In its 1st year, the 2017 New York State Craft Beer competition awarded 63 medals to some of the best craft beers in New York State, plus awarded the 1st ever Governor’s Excelsior Cup to the brewery who was voted to have the best beer in the State. Overview: New York State Craft Beer Competition The […]

FDA Labeling Update for Craft Beer

March 21st, 2017 • by Paul Leone

From Paul Gatza Here is where we are: –FDA enforcement in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments starts in May. –The Brewers Association and FDA reached alignment in January that FDA would like to have brand-specific values for calories and carbohydrates. The nine lesser nutrients (total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, […]

Opening a Small Brewery Workshop

February 23rd, 2017 • by Paul Leone

Sunday March 19 and Monday March 20 9:00 am – 6:00 pm   If you are considering opening a brewery you owe it to yourself to be as informed as possible.   This intensive two-day workshop to be held at Hopshire Farm & Brewery in Freeville, NY will allow you to participate in a 7 barrel […]

Helderberg Brewery Incubator

January 13th, 2017 • by Paul Leone

Helderberg Brewery Incubator Value-Added Small Grains 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Small Grains School & Trade Show hosted by CCE-Ulster County & CCE-CAAHP Friday, February 10, 2017 9:30AM to 3:30PM Topics Covered: -Hudson Valley Grain Research, 2016 -Working with NY Malting Grains -The Small Grain Movement in the Hudson Valley and Beyond -Bringing Malting Barley […]

What The Elimination of Bond Requirements For Small Breweries Means To You

November 22nd, 2016 • by Paul Leone

By AJ Earley You’ve probably heard about the elimination of bond requirements for small breweries/brewpubs, distilled spirit plants, and wineries that is set to take effect on January 1st, 2017. While this is exciting news, it’s important to make sure you understand the ins and outs of this new measure. Navigating tax law for small […]

Rheonix and NYSBA announce first Beer Quality Summit – November 2nd

October 19th, 2016 • by Paul Leone


Helderberg Brewery – Sensory Evaluation & Defect Detection Workshop

October 12th, 2016 • by Paul Leone

TTB Takes Big Steps to Remove Burdens on Product Approval

October 11th, 2016 • by Paul Leone

by Alex Koral – Product Compliance Manager Oct 5, 2016 The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has been on a roll recently to reduce regulatory burdens for beverage alcohol suppliers. On September 23, they announced changes to COLAs Online, including a redesign to the appellation and formula sections, and the removal of the alcohol content, net contents, […]

Grant Funding Available – Deadline is Nov.10, 2016

September 16th, 2016 • by Paul Leone

  Dear Friends of Farm Viability, I’ve been thinking a lot about NY agriculture and local food lately and I hope you’ll indulge me as I share some thoughts. Over the last several years, there have been some chuckles as farmers discussed how fashionable it had become to be a farmer. Many of us, myself […]