Agriculture

Farm Breweries Booming in Central New York

 

By Christian Pedersen SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed the Farm Brewery laws in 2013 craft beer has become one of New York’s fastest growing industries.

The amount of breweries has more than doubled statewide with 37 farm breweries now operating in Central New York alone. What makes a farm brewery unique is the business model of growing the hops and brewing the beer in the same location.

Under the Farm Brewery law, in order to receive a license in New York State, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products. The schedule for the license is as follows:

  •  Until the end of 2018, at least 20 percent of the hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients must be grown in New York state.
  •  From Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2023, no less than 60 percent of the hops and 60 percent of all other ingredients must be grown in New York state.
  •  From Jan. 1, 2024, no less than 90 percent of the hops and 90 percent of all other ingredients must be grown in New York state.

One of the newest local brewery is Local 315 in Camillus headed  by brew master Josh Mersfelder.

“Having to locally source everything is actually pretty nice because we can hand pick everything and don’t have to pay for shipping ingredients from all over,” said Mersfelder who is working toward debuting Local 315’s brew at this month’s Empire Brewfest.

While Mersfelder is excited about debuting his beers just being a part of the rapidly growing micro brew community in New York seems to be equally as exciting.

“With all the helping hands that are caring for the ingredients its nice to be able to give back to them in a different form,” Mersfelder said.

Check out a map of where farm breweries are located across the state and all the information about how to find local beers near you.