March 5, 2015

Governor Cuomo Announces the Return of the Craft New York Brewers Festival to Albany on March 7

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Festival Strengthened by 175% Increase in Micro-Breweries in New York Since 2011


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the return of the Craft New York Brewers Festival to the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany on March 7. This year's festival brings together 41 craft brewers from across the state offering more than 100 hard to find, award-winning beers to sample and pair with food from more than a dozen restaurants.

"This weekend's craft brewers festival shows the success of this fast-growing industry that is creating new jobs and opportunity all across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The state is committed to driving the industry forward by empowering entrepreneurs, keeping the Empire State a top destination to enjoy the best craft beer in the world."

The second annual festival will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Road in Albany. VIP ticket holders will be able to enter the Festival at 4 p.m. and enjoy a selection of beers not available to holders of General Admission tickets. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for General Admission ticket holders. General Admission is $40 prior to the event and $50 the day of the event. VIP tickets are available for $65 if purchased ahead of time and $75 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased here.

To help promote the festival, Empire State Development is providing support to the New York State Brewer's Association through its Craft Beverage Industry Tourism Promotion grant program. The program, launched last year as a result of the Governor's second Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, promotes special destinations specifically related to the craft beverage industry in coordination with the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign.

Since 2011, the number of micro-breweries in New York State has grown by nearly 175 percent, from 40 in 2011 to 110 today. In addition, restaurant breweries have increased from 10 in 2011 to 36 today, a 260 percent increase. There are already 74 Farm Breweries operating across the state, a new license that went into effect on January 1, 2013. In addition, six Farm Breweries have opened offsite branch locations, authorized under the Governor's Farm Brewery legislation, where they can sell their products and other New York State labeled beer, wine, and liquor, in addition to having tasting rooms and retail shops.

Empire State Development Acting President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The State has made great strides in supporting the production and purchase of locally made craft beer, wine, cider and spirits. Equally as important is the marketing aspect, which will increase awareness and provide exposure of the State's growing beverage industry. The Craft New York Brewers Festival is already expecting an increase in attendance over last year and it's our hope that the momentum will continue to build, helping our craft beverage producers gain a firmer foothold in the marketplace and drawing even more visitors to experience the very best of New York State products."

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "The growth of New York's craft beer industry is spurring the growth of agritourism events in every region of New York while providing our hard working farmers with opportunities to grow their businesses. This event will be a haven for craft beer connoisseurs and food enthusiasts alike and we look forward to a well-attended event."

New York State Brewers Association Executive Director Paul Leone said, “The best part of this year’s Craft New York Brewers Festival is that we have grown to 41 New York State breweries representing every region of the state - from the tip of Long Island, to the city, the Adirondacks, Catskill region and Western New York. There will be over 100 beers being poured by the brewers themselves who will also be there to talk about their breweries and their beer.”

Participating breweries include:

  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • C.H. Evans Brewing at the Albany Pump Station
  • Crafty Ales & Lagers
  • Crossroads Brewing Company
  • Empire Brewing Company
  • Saranac – FX Matt Brewing Company
  • Great Adirondack Brewing Company
  • Great South Bay Brewery
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
  • Hamburg Brewing Company
  • Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
  • Paradox Brewery
  • Rare Form Brewing Company
  • Rushing Duck Brewing Company
  • Saint James Brewery
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company
  • Upstate Brewing Company
  • Water Street Brewing Co.
  • Binghamton Brewing Company
  • Prison City Pub & Brewery
  • Third Rail Beer
  • Cooperstown Brewing Company
  • Coney Island Brewing
  • Mad Jack Brewing Company
  • Good Nature Farm Brewery & Tap Room
  • Olde Saratoga Brewing Co.
  • Community Beer Works
  • Ithaca Beer Co.
  • Adirondack Brewery
  • Davidson Brothers Brewing Company
  • St. Lawrence Brewing Co.
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Browns Brewing Co.
  • Skewed Brewing
  • Newburgh Brewing Company
  • Keegan Ales
  • Druthers Brewing Company
  • Naked Dove
  • Chatham Brewing
  • Jonas Bronck's Beer Co.                        

Special food samples will be available from a number of from New York restaurants, food trucks, and farms, including:

  • The Desmond Hotel
  • Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • Capital American Eatery and Lounge
  • The Hollow Bar and Kitchen
  • Cheeky Monkey Foods
  • Chefs' Consortium
  • Adirondack Pub and Brewery
  • Elegant Touch Catering Company
  • 20 North Broadway Tevern
  • Albany Pump Station
  • Crossroads Brewing
  • Davidson Brothers Brewing Company
  • The Ruck
  • The Mohawk Taproom & Grill
  • Cheese Filled Company
Contact the Governor's Press Office
Contact the Governor's Press Office

New York City Press Office:  212.681.4640

Albany Press Office:  518.474.8418