UTICA--The brewing and hops industries have helped define the legacy of the Erie Canal and the Mohawk Valley. How they can again serve as an economic catalyst in the region and revitalize communities will be discussed at a forum in Utica on Oct. 30.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo first paved the way for that resurgence in 2012, when he signed a farm brewery law that provides a refundable tax credit to small brewers, eliminated burdensome tax filing requirements and created a farm brewery license that, among other things, increased the ability for breweries to offer tastings and open restaurants.
Last year, Governor Cuomo signed into law a comprehensive reform of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law, which eased or eliminated archaic regulatory requirements that had hampered the growth of breweries and other producers of alcoholic beverages. There are now 375 breweries in New York, compared to just 50 in 2011, before Governor Cuomo took office.