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State leaders agree on legislation to create farm cideries

The Farm Cidery bill would aid New York

The Farm Cidery bill would aid New York State producers of hard apple cider. Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The New York State Senate, Assembly and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have agreed on two bills that would aid the state's budding hard cider producers, the three parties said Thursday.

The two bills, which are expected to pass and become law before the end of the legislative session Friday, would help establish farm cideries and also streamline the brand labeling process for alcoholic beverages.

The bills come as the state has continued efforts to encourage the growth of wineries, distilleries and breweries in New York with tax incentives and other forms of aid.

The Farm Cideries Bill, modeled after the creation of farm wineries and farm breweries, would allow producers of hard apple cider to sell their own products and also beer, wine and spirits made with New York State products. A farm cidery would also be exempt from certain sales tax reports. To qualify, a cidery must use New York State-grown apples to produce its product and brew no more than 150,000 gallons a year.

There are two cider operations on Long Island — Woodside Orchards in Jamesport began producing and selling cider last year, and Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue has sold cider under the name Standard Cider Co. since 2010.

The Brand Label Registration Bill would streamline the process for small batch producers of cider and spirits to apply for alcohol beverage labels for their products. A similar bill for craft brewers and beer labels was passed into law last year.


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