Cideries Will Need A License In Ny State

10.18.13 | Sarah Harnisch

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the "farm cideries bill" that establishes a new license for farm cideries. Under the bill, in order to obtain a farm cidery license, the hard cider must be made exclusively from apples grown in New York state and no more than 150-thousand gallons can be produced annually. The idea is to cross-promote state products because farm cideries may also sell products such as mustards, sauces, jams, jellies, souvenirs, artwork, crafts and other gift items. Also, the need for apples to make cider would create a sustained demand for products from New York’s farmers.