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  • Cuomo: Bill would ease regs on breweries, wineries

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  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday an agreement with legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly on a bill aimed at easing regulations on craft breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries.
    The legislation would increase the production cap on craft beverage producers, allowing them to produce more at lower fees.
    It would also allow them to conduct tastings and sell by the bottle or glass on the premises, without a separate license, according to Cuomo.
    Farm distilleries would be able to operate a retail outlet to offer tastings or sell bottles of liquor.
    The legislation arose from suggestions made during an industry summit held by Cuomo in April.
    Overall, the provisions in the bill will “streamline and consolidate paperwork, save time and money, allow efficiencies in production, and provide new opportunities for marketing sales,” said Jim Trezise, president of the Canandaigua-based New York State Wine and Grape Foundation, in a statement.
    There are currently 289 wineries, 100 microbreweries, 52 farm distilleries, and 31 cideries in New York.
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