Craft Beverages


SLA Celebrates Growth of Craft Beverage Industry

Craft Beverages
Craft Beverages

The craft beverage industry in New York State is booming. There are now over 1,000 craft beverage manufacturers operating in all 62 counties across the Empire State. New York State ranks first in U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft distillers and breweries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries. 



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If You're Interested
Apply for a Craft Beverage Manufacturing License
Many of our State's craft beverage manufacturers started as home brewers, farmers or small business owners. If you're interested in becoming one of over 1,000 craft beverage manufacturers in New York State, you can apply here!
What You Need to Know
Craft Beverage Manufacturers
Tastings & Sales

Craft beverage manufacturers can conduct tastings at their licensed establishment, as well as sell the alcoholic beverages they produce by the glass and by the bottle.

Food Establishments

Craft manufacturers must have food available to patrons if they offer tastings or sell by the glass at their establishment, however, they have lower food requirements than other on-premises licensees. 

Tasting Rooms

In addition to tastings at the licensed establishment, farm manufacturers can obtain a permit to open an off-site tasting room, where they can engage in any activities that can be conducted at the licensed premises.