December 6, 2015
By Tara Jessup, LaborPress NY
Albany NY – During the past year, 43 new farm breweries have opened their doors in New York State, bringing the state's total number of operational farm breweries to 106. Additionally, the Governor's Farm Brewery law, which created a new license for craft brewers that use New York grown ingredients and included an exemption on brand label registration fees for small brewers, has saved brewers nearly $1 million to date.
"New York's thriving craft beverage industry continues to grow, create jobs and bolster local economies in every corner of this state," Governor Cuomo said. "This administration has cut red tape and eased regulations that have helped these farm breweries expand while strengthening the state’s agriculture and tourism industries. New York's growing craft beer industry now accounts for 6,552 direct industry jobs, in addition to supporting another 4,814 jobs in related industries.
It is also responsible for more than $2.9 billion in direct and indirect revenue within the state, and another $554 million in direct and indirect wages, making up a total economic impact of nearly $3.5 billion. Additionally, more than 3,000 jobs are supported by tourism related to the craft beer industry, representing $77 million in annual wages.