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Increase in Taste NY farm-based beverage licenses

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ALBANY, N.Y.--The number of New York's farm-based beverage licenses for distilleries, wineries, breweries, and cideries has risen 72 percent since 2011.

"With our help, New York's beverage producers are creating jobs on farms and in communities all throughout the state, as well as providing a significant boost to the State's agricultural and tourism industries. The Taste NY initiative has been a vital part of this success, helping to raise the profile of our home-grown businesses and spreading the word that New York's beer, wine, cider and spirits are truly among the best in the world," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Taste NY Distilleries:
Since 2011, the number of farm distilleries in New York State has increased 320 percent. In May 2013, 24 New York State distilleries participated in the Manhattan Cocktail Classic's Opening Night Gala, the first time the State's distilleries have participated together under the banner of New York State at the event.

Taste NY Wineries:

Since 2011, the number of farm wineries has risen by 40 percent.

Taste NY Breweries:

There are currently 26 licensed farm breweries in New York, with more than a dozen applications currently in the pipeline. The number of microbreweries has risen 133 percent since 2011.

Taste NY Cideries:

The number of hard cider producers has risen 340 percent in New York since 2011.

In October 2013, Taste NY was a presenting sponsor of CiderWeek NY, which featured nine days of events throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley aimed at promoting New York's ciders.

For more information about New York's growing beer, wine, spirits and cider industries, please visit www.taste.ny.gov.

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