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Rules for beer, wine, spirits updated

April 16, 2014

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has approved new rules to help support the continued growth and development of New York’s farm-based producers of beer, wine, spirits and cider.

The changes, effective immediately, seek to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and clarify standards on brand label registrations, authorize the sale of “growlers” for beer and cider, eliminate a $1,000 bond requirement for farm wineries, reduce costs for manufacturers and wholesalers with multiple licenses by allowing them to deliver all their products in one shipment, and provide guidance to the industry concerning the new “roadside farm market law.”

In September 2013, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation to create new venues for New York wineries to sell their products by allowing roadside farm markets to sell wine manufactured and produced by up to two licensed farm wineries located within 20 miles of the roadside farm market. Because of confusion, the SLA issued guidance to the industry on how to obtain a license for these new venues.

On April 8, Gov. Cuomo convened the state’s second Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cider Summit. “The Governor’s summit focused on partnering with the state’s private sector producers so they can continue to create jobs and spur environmentally-friendly economic development,” said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen.