Coming soon to a farm distillery near you: other New York craft beverages that you will be able to drink on site.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday to allow farm distilleries to sell New York beer, cider and wine for consumption at their facilities. The measure corrects a loophole that prevented farm distilleries from selling beers, ciders and wines.
Farm breweries, cideries and wineries were allowed to sell other New York-labeled craft beverages for on-site consumption.
With Cuomo's signature, the law will take effect immediately.
"This measure restores parity for New York's burgeoning craft beverage industry and allows for new revenue streams and exposure for the great brewers, distillers and wine and cider makers all across this great state," Cuomo said. "As I've said many times, when New Yorkers buy New York-made products, everybody wins."
The bill was sponsored in the state Legislature by Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and state Sen. George Amedore. Fahy, a Democrat, said it restores fairness for distilleries. Amedore, a Republican, added that it closes a gap in the craft beverage industry.
John Curtin, vice president of the New York State Distillers Guild and co-owner of the Albany Distilling Company, hailed Cuomo's signing of the bill. He said it will benefit the state's craft distilling industry.
Albany Distilling Company, he said, has added a new production facility and tasting room in anticipation of the change.
"We can proudly serve our spirits alongside fellow New York-produced beer, wine and cider by the glass," Curtin said.