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Gov. Cuomo welcomes first licensed farm cidery in the state to Albany

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Nine Pin Cider Works, a New York craft cider company producing hard cider from Capital District and Hudson Valley apples, has just become the first licensed farm cidery in New York State.

In October 2013, Governor Cuomo signed legislation establishing a new license for farm cideries to increase opportunities for this growing agricultural industry. The new legislation went into effect on January 15. Nine Pin Cider Works applied on January 21, and the license was approved by the State Liquor Authority just 22 days later.

"The new farm cidery licensing law that I signed last year is already playing a central role in supporting the growth of local businesses across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "With the distinction of being New York's first ever licensed farm cidery, Nine Pin Cider Works is a testament to how the State is creating new economic opportunities, growing local industries and creating world-class products."

Nine Pin Cider Works is operated by the del Peral family in Albany.

Under the new law, cideries like Nine Pin are able to operate a tasting room where they are able to sell their product by the pint, enabling them to more immediately reap financial rewards. This fact was a significant draw for the del Peral family as they chose to apply for the new license.

"The cider-making process represents the incredible spirit of where the apples are grown. New York State's climate gives apple producers an outstanding environment to grow great apples for cider making. It's an incredible honor to become the state's first licensed cidery here in Downtown Albany under the new Farm Cideries Law. We applaud Governor Cuomo for his dedication to making New York open to business to hard cider producers such as Nine Pin," said Alejandro del Peral, cidermaker, Nine Pin Cider Works.

To apply for a farm cidery license, visit: www.sla.ny.gov.

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