Gov. Cuomo signs legislation strengthening the craft beverage industry

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On the heels of new legislation to extend the sale of alcohol on Sundays, more excitement is brewing for state cider, beer, and wine producers.

“It’s a huge business opportunity and we’re really excited about it,” Alejandro del Peral, Co-Founder of Nine Pin Cider Works, said.

“It’s a very big deal and actually we’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Laura Ten Eyck, Vice President of Indian Ladder Farms Inc., said.

What they’re talking about is the further modernization of what’s referred to as the state’s archaic alcohol beverage control law.

“Just to back up the way it was previously, people could come to our tasting room to try our hard cider and beer.”

That was the only place people could taste the farm’s product; however, new legislation signed by the governor on Tuesday changes that.

“It means it’s a whole new market for us we can now provide kegs of beer and cider to other farm cideries and breweries to serve our product by the glass.”

So what does that mean for you? When you come to a place like Indian Ladder Farms that produces and sells their own products. You can now try the glass beer, wine or cider made by producers all over New York state.

“This is great because our customers are interested in trying a lot of things.”

“I think it gives them the opportunity to visit a unique New York craft beverage based experience.”

And you don’t have to wait long for that experience, Nine Pin will already have six new beverages from outside producers available this Friday.