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New York Farm Distilleries Now Allowed to Serve Wine, Beer, and Cider for On-Premise Consumption

On July 25, 2017, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to allow New York farm distilleries to sell wine, beer, and cider labelled as “New York State” for on-premises consumption. See Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Allow Farm Distilleries to Sell New York State Labelled Beer, Wine, and Cider for On-Premises Consumption. Previously, New York-licensed farm distilleries were not allowed to offer such beverages to visitors on site; farm distilleries could only provide New York State-labelled spirits for on-premise s consumption. This contrasted significantly with other farm licensees (e.g., farm cideries, farm breweries, and farm wineries) who generally could offer New York State-labelled wines, beers, ciders, and spirits to visitors for on-premises consumption.

The new law will amends Section 61 of New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control law to allow farm distilleries to sell New York State-labelled beer, wine and cider for on-premises consumption and is effective immediately. To follow the legislative history, see Senate Bill S2481 and Assembly Bill A2994.

For more information on wine or alcohol law, permits, or TTB regulations, please contact Lindsey Zahn.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is for general information purposes only, is not intended to constitute legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice.

Lindsey A. Zahn


Lindsey is the founder and author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. She is an alcohol beverage and food attorney and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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