In: New York State Farm Brewery Law
May 9, 2016
When I began considering the idea of opening a brewery in the Finger Lakes with my family, we got word of the New York State Farm Brewery Law, which requires farm brewers to use NYS grown hops, malt, and other ingredients in their product (excluding water). Until 2019, at least 20% of the ingredients used to make our beer has to be grown in NYS. In 2019, the percentage jumps to 60%, and then to 90% by 2024. The Farm Brewery Law mimics the state’s Farm Winery Law, which helped grow the state’s wine industry to where it is today. The opportunity to create a beer using, for the first time, only NYS ingredients was what pushed us to pursue a farm brewery. It felt exciting to be part of an effort that supports local farmers, malting houses, hop growers, and small business owners. There was also historic significance, as we joined the resurgence of the NYS hop industry, which was once the world’s largest hop producer.