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Number of New York Farm Cideries Have Tripled

Photo courtesy Hard Cider News

Photo courtesy Hard Cider News

“Prior to the Farm Cidery Law, hard cider could only be produced at farm wineries or through a cider producer license, which does not require the use of New York apples. Cider producer licensees also lacked expanded privileges including tastings, sale of other farm-based products by the bottle or glass, and the opportunity to open restaurants, gift shops and branch stores, which have helped New York’s farm cideries become tourist destinations. 

The Farm Cidery legislation was established following one of three New York State Wine, Beer and Spirits Summits to hear directly from industry professionals about their needs and opportunities for growth. The law went into effect January 15, 2014 and authorizes farm cideries to manufacture and sell hard cider made from crops grown in New York State. The provisions of the bill are modeled after similar provisions for farm breweries, wineries and distilleries. “

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Governor Cuomo Announced Number of New York Farm Cideries Have Tripled