The newest trend in microbrewing, farms that raise hops and make beer, became a reality Oct. 9 as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed 14 newly-licensed local farm breweries.
According to state officials, The “Farm Brewery” license allows craft brewers that use products grown in New York State to operate in a similar fashion to the state’s farm wineries, leading to increased demand for locally grown farm products as well as expanded economic development and tourism.
Oh, and by the way, there's been nearly a 100 percent increase in microbreweries across the state over the past two-plus years, Cuomo announced. In the first quarter of 2011, there were 51 licensed microbreweries across New York State; today, there are 93.
“With the opening of 14 farm breweries since January and a nearly 100 percent increase in our microbreweries, it is clear that New York’s craft beer industry is booming – and this is just the beginning,” Cuomo said.
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There are currently 14 licensed farm breweries in New York State, which use 20 percent of local products in their blends, with more than a dozen more applications currently in the pipeline. These include:
- Good Nature Brewing (Hamilton)
- The Beer Diviner (Stephentown)
- Rooster Fish Brewing (Watkins Glen)
- Climbing Bines Hop Farm (Penn Yan)
- Hopshire Farm and Brewery (Freeville)
- Fairport Brewing Company (Fairport)
- Brown’s Brewing Co. (Troy)
- Abandon Brewing Company (Penn Yan)
- Hamburg Brewing Company (Hamburg)
- Erie Canal Brewing Company (Canastota)
- Henneberg Brewing Company (Cazenovia)
- Long Ireland Beer Company (Riverhead)
- Honey Hollow Brewery (Earlton)