The Senate passed three bills, supported by Joe Robach, to help grow and expand the craft beer industry and jobs in New York State.  The bill will protect an important tax benefit for small breweries that produce beer in New York, create a Farm Brewery license that will allow craft brewers to expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling new products and will exempt breweries that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee.

One measure would provide a refundable corporate franchise and personal income tax credit for beer produced in New York and will exempt breweries that produce beer in batches of 1,500 barrels or less annually (regardless of location) from the $150 annual label fee.

In an effort to increase economic activity and job opportunities, the Senate and Joe Robach also passed legislation that will create a farm brewery license to promote growth of craft breweries. The bill will allow craft brewers that use products grown in New York State to operate in a similar manner to the state’s farm wineries. The new brewery license will enable breweries that manufacture 60,000 gallons or less annually of New York State labeled beer to sell their products at retail outlets and for off-premises consumption; as well as to open restaurants, conference centers, inns, bed and breakfasts or hotels on or adjacent to the farm brewery. A licensee may operate up to five branch offices away from the farm brewery.

A third bill will exempt farm wineries, farm distilleries and farm breweries from a costly and burdensome tax filing requirement. Currently, the Tax Law requires all beer, wine, and liquor wholesalers in New York to report sales made to restaurants, bars, and other retailers.

For more information on Joe Robach’s efforts to increase job opportunities in New York State, contact his office.