New Law Could Help State's Craft Beer Industry
The state Legislature has approved a law to help New York's farmers and its growing craft beer industry.
It's modeled after the 1976 Farm Winery Act, which helped New York become a leader in locally produced wines and helped triple the number of wineries in the state.
The new law creates a farm brewery license, which would allow craft beer brewers - using locally grown products - to operate in the same way farm wineries already do.
State Sen. Patty Ritchie says it's an important economic opportunity for the north country.
"I think it's a great way to showcase local products, a great way to help local farmers and a great way for people to start a new small business that will bring, I think, many tourists," Ritchie said.
The legislation is now on its way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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