State Senator James Seward met this week with craft brewers from throughout the state, along with members of the New York State Brewers Association. One of those invited to the Capitol was Randy Lacey, owner and brewer at Hopshire Farm & Brewery on Dryden Road in Freeville.
Lacey and other small craft brewers made the trip to Albany not only to showcase their products, but also to advocate for state policies to continue the growth of the craft brewing industry in New York State.
According to the State Brewers Association, there are more than 400 licensed breweries in New York who combine for an annual economic impact of $3.4 billion.
“New York’s small craft breweries have grown significantly in recent years as our laws have evolved to support their development. Farm breweries in particular have seen a real explosion by rejuvenating New York’s brewing past and creating a perfect blend of agriculture, small business, tourism, and a well-made product.”