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Number of craft beverage producers in state tops 1,000

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- The number of craft beverage manufacturers operating in New York state has now topped 1,000.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Empire State is now home to 1,005 craft beverage manufacturers who are producing beer, hard cider, spirits or wine. The Democrat says craft beverages are being produced in all but two of the 62 counties in the state.

Cuomo hosted the state's first Beer, Wine Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012. He says since then the number of businesses producing craft beverages has more than doubled to put New York among the top five states in craft beverage producers.

Of the more than 500 new craft businesses that have opened since October 2012, more than half of them are breweries.

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