New York will celebrate its burgeoning craft beverage industry with a special theme week this fall.
The Taste NY Craft Beverage Week will be held Nov. 5-11 in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Cuomo first proposed holding a craft beverage week in his 2017-18 budget plan. The idea was included in the enacted state budget.
The goal of the event is to highlight New York's breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries. The state's craft beverage industry has experienced significant growth under Cuomo's watch. The number of breweries, for example, increased from 50 in 2011 to more than 300 today.
"Craft Beverage Week gives local producers a chance to partner with restaurants across New York to showcase their top-notch products, and I encourage craft beverage enthusiasts from near and far to come out and experience the very best our wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries have to offer," Cuomo said.
Specific details about the week's schedule weren't disclosed, but the governor's office is urging craft beverage producers to participate in tasting events, happy hour specials and other events. Bars, restaurants and liquor stores in New York City will serve as the hosts for the events.
Businesses can sign up to host events at taste.ny.gov/2017-taste-ny-craft-beverage-week.
A tasting was held Tuesday at the Pier A Harbor House in New York City to promote the upcoming Taste NY Craft Beverage Week and encourage producers to participate in the festivities. Nearly 50 producers attended the event, including Prison City Pub & Brewery of Auburn and Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse.
Paul Leone, executive director of the New York State Brewers Association, said the state's support of the craft beverage industry has made New York one of the top producers in the country.
"Promotion through events like the first-ever Taste New York Craft Beverage Week is just one more way to get our products in the hands of a public that is demanding more and more locally made beer, cider, wine and spirits," Leone said.