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Map: Where are the Small Breweries, Hard Cider Producers in Downstate New York?

Small producers continue to spread across the region.

On Wednesday, New York took center stage in the craft brewery world when news broke that Long Island-based Blue Point Brewery would be snatched up by beer behemoth Anheuser-Busch for an undisclosed sum.

Some people in Internet comments praised the news.

"Good for the owners. I'm sure they have worked hard throughout the years in order to be so successful. They deserve to reap the fruits of their labor. Hopefully the jobs will stay in the area,” wrote one Patch reader.

However, many jumped in to blast the brewery, predicting that heavy-handed oversight by the deep-pocketed Anheuser-Busch would spell the end of Blue Point's craft brewery feel.

"Specialty beers are special because they are not tied to a big conglomerate like Anheuser-Busch. Now these businesses want to cash in on these specialty, small businesses which will take away any small town flavor and ownership. I think it's terrible they caved,” another reader wrote.

While the future of Blue Point hasn’t been written yet, the move happens as more and more local craft breweries and cider producers pop up across the region.

To illustrate that, we’ve compiled a map of all the small breweries and cider producers in the Downstate area using state data made publicly available by New York’s State Liquor Authority.

While Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg is the only large-scale brewery in the region (for now), the rest of the businesses are broken down into these license types.

Farm Breweries

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July 2012 signed a law creating the farm brewery license, reserved for brewers who primarily use ingredients such as hops and barley that are grown in New York. The law, which took effect in January 2013, gives farm breweries license to sell and allow tastings of other New York-made beer, wine or spirits on their premises. The license also exempts them from having to file quarterly tax statements with the state.

Through 2023, farm breweries must use at least 60 percent New York ingredients to keep their designation. But once 2024 begins, farm breweries will have to use no less than 90 percent local ingredients to make their beers.

Microbrewers

These prevalent local breweries are allowed to produce no more than 60,000 barrels of beer each year, and must score a retail license to sell directly to the public as opposed to wholesalers. Microbrewers are allowed to have a restaurant on site.

Restaurant Brewers

This license allows brewers to brew beer on the premises of a full-service restaurant. Restaurant brewers are allowed up to five locations, and each venue can brew no more than 5,000 barrels of beer each.

Cider Producer

This license simply allows the business to ferment juice from fresh-pressed apples into cider. However, the alcohol percentage of cider is not allowed to go above 7 percent.

Click through the map above, and let us know who your favorite local brewery or cider maker is.
colleen greene February 06, 2014 at 11:40 AM
What about Chelsea Brewing Company at Pier 59 in the Chelsea Piers? They have been in existence since 1996 and have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.
Frank T February 06, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Woodside orchards in Aquebogue and Jamesport makes very good hard cider.
Henry Powderly (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Colleen, there were a few not listed by the state that I had to add after the fact. Thanks for flagging Chelsea Brewing, I'll add to the map.
Henry Powderly (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Added Woodside.
Archie Bunker February 06, 2014 at 02:18 PM
You can cross Blue Point off.............
Francesca Albanese February 06, 2014 at 04:21 PM
What about Warwick Valley Winery? They have a great selection of hard ciders.
Rob Gilbert February 06, 2014 at 06:29 PM
What about Montauk Brewing Co.?
Daniel Foley February 07, 2014 at 08:05 AM
There's also Applewood Winery. They produce Naked Flock Cider. Great List! If you don't want to drive Cable Beverages in Bardonia carries many of these.
Rich Sixpak February 07, 2014 at 08:27 AM
You forgot Montauk Brewing.
Tina February 07, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Don't forget the island's new addition Moustache Brewery in Riverhead!
Henry Powderly (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Moustache is definitely there. Interesting that Montauk and Warwick were not listed by state. Will add today.
Roberto Soto February 07, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Read all about it: City Island Images - www.cimages.me/node/4567/
Steve Ragan February 07, 2014 at 10:10 AM
New kid on the block - Gun Hill Brewing http://www.gunhillbrewing.com/
Rich Sixpak February 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM
www.montaukbrewingco.com/ If you want to check it out.

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