Whiskey Distillery Photo by Shutterstock

Yesterday Gov. Coumo signed legislation that will allow small, local booze companies (a.k.a micro-distillers) to sell bottles of their whiskeys, moonshines and other varieties of alcohol at New York farmers markets and fairs. Recognizing the major role that these farm distilleries and the agricultural sector play in New York State’s economy, Cuomo explained that easing restrictions on tastings and sales will “give these distilleries an equal chance to compete in the industry and a better opportunity to reach new customers and grow their businesses.” The law will be effective in 180 days.

New York Farmer’s Market Photo by Shutterstock

Given the great amount of farms and farmer’s markets in New York City alone, this new law is sure to boost the exposure and sale of local distillers’ products to the market-going demographic. One small company to benefit from the new legislation, Kings County Distillery, operates out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and produces moonshine and bourbon from the corn they grow on the lot next door!

Signing this legislation is the second effort we’ve seen Cuomo make in recent years to support local distilleries. Back in 2010, the creation of a new class of NY state licenses for “farm distilleries” whose products are made from New York farm products gave legal status to the small operations, which were sometimes operated by only four or five employees.  Like the benefits that vineyards and breweries have held in the area, this allowed such distilleries to open tasting rooms and boost profits to sustain operations. We are pleased that the governor is taking even further steps to support local agriculture and economies. Somebody get this man a drink! Chin-chin!

Via NY Daily News