A bill sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward to allow the sale of ice cream made with beer and hard cider has been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The state Legislature approved the measure, S8830, in June. The Senate passed the bill by a 59-0 vote. It cleared the Assembly by a 128-9 margin.
The legislation amends existing law which permits the sale of wine ice cream. That law has been in place since 2008. Mercer's Dairy in Boonville, Oneida County, invented the wine-infused treat in the 2000s and began selling it in New York after the law was changed.
Now, sales of ice cream made with beer and hard cider will be permitted.
"Both the dairy and craft beer/cider industries are key contributors to our agriculture economy," Seward, R-Milford, said in a statement. "By combining the two, we are able to capitalize on homegrown New York ingredients with the creation of a cool new, innovative product."
There will be strict guidelines in place for the sale of beer and cider ice cream. The percentage of alcohol in ice cream and other frozen desserts cannot exceed 5 percent. To purchase beer and cider ice cream, you must be at least 21 years old.
The product's labeling will be required to indicate that the ice cream contains alcohol.
New York is third in dairy production among all states and has a fast-growing craft beverage industry. In June, the state announced there are now more than 1,000 craft beverage producers operating in New York.
In central New York, there are 68 craft beverage producers, including 35 craft breweries and three cideries.