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F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, New York. Photo: Doug Kerr via flickr, some rights reserved.
F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, New York. Photo: Doug Kerr via flickr, some rights reserved.

New law supported by craft brewers

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New York's small craft brewers, and the farmers who grow hops and barley for them, are all raising a glass to a new law signed by Governor Cuomo yesterday. The law provides tax breaks for brewers. It allows breweries to have on-site beer tastings, and to sell their products at stores and restaurants.

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Speaking at the Matt Brewery in Utica, Governor Cuomo said New York’s 90 craft breweries bring in $200 million annually to the state. He says it’s a fledgling industry that needs help to move forward.

"I believe if we didn’t do this, we could see breweries close, relocate to another state. And see that same story, that seen too many years in New York, that taxes caused businesses to leave. We want to do the exact opposite. We want you to stay, we want you to grow, and we want you to know that we care about you," said Cuomo.

The Northern New York Growers Association tells the Watertown Daily Times that about 20% of wineries in the north country are considering starting brewery operations. President David Fralick says the new law will give them a bigger and better market.

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