Breweries

New York State

New York residents love their beer. Now home to 400 breweries, the state has surpassed its previous record of 393 beer-making outlets back in 1876.

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New York's "blue laws" would be repealed under a legislative package proposed Tuesday by state Senator Timothy Kennedy.

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The growing popularity of craft beer is having an economic impact in numerous arenas. WBFO's Brian Meyer takes a closer look.


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Buffalo Beer Week is underway, but most local residents wouldn't have needed a special event to spot the growing popularity of  craft beers that are produced by local breweries. What some beer lovers might not know is that the trend is helping to generate business in non-brewing arenas.

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Plans for the 14th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival were announced Wednesday. Wing Fest founder Drew Cerza says more than 30 local, regional, national and international eateries will be serving up more than 120 styles of wings.

The rising number of local craft brewers and craft distillers have one thing in common: a need for malted barley. It's hard to get because of rapidly rising demand and because New York farmers are reluctant to grow it since there is no federal crop insurance.

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Local craft brewers would pay less in taxes under a bill unveiled by Senator Charles Schumer in Buffalo Tuesday, which he says will spur investment and tourism.

When new operators of wineries, distilleries or breweries start off, they're mostly concerned about the product they are selling. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Barbara Piazza says the label on the bottle is also important.

New York's smallest breweries and some wineries are getting a tax break from Albany.

Governor Cuomo went to Utica yesterday and the family-owned Matt Brewing Company to sign a package of bills to help smaller brewers and the farmers supplying them.

In recent years, small breweries, brewpubs and farm breweries have become a tiny but vital part of the state's liquor industry, along with wineries and small distilleries.

The bills signed by the governor ease the tax and regulatory rules and will probably help the farms supplying essentials like hops.