Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers struck a deal this week on a bill that would make it easier for farmers to make their own hard ciders in New York.
The bill, released Monday, would allow farm owners to make up the 150,000 gallons of cider each year, provided that it is made entirely with New York products. The measure would create a new license for farm cideries, which would allow them to host tastings and sell New York-made beers and spirits, as well.
The state already had license systems for farm breweries and spirit makers, but didn’t have a system in place for cider makers. The license would also cut down on the cidery’s sales tax reporting requirements, which farmers had cited as a roadblock to making their own cider at the Cuomo administrations “Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit” in Albany earlier this year.
Cuomo and lawmakers also cut a deal on another alcohol-related bill, which would cut down on reporting requirements for labels of ciders and spirits that are made on farms in small batches.