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Number of state’s farm cideries triples in two years in state

The number of farm cideries in New York State has tripled in two years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

Farm cideries have jumped from eight in 2014 to 24 this year.

The growth is attributed to the Farm Cideries Legislation, signed in October 2013, that established a new license for cideries that specifies using crops grown in New York State, officials said. The law was effective on Jan. 15, 2014.

“The Farm Cideries Law has cut red tape and created new opportunities for apple growers and entrepreneurs across New York, helping this burgeoning part of the craft beverage sector grow by leaps and bounds,” Cuomo said in a statement. “There is a great synergy to farm cideries, which use New York apples to make a great New York product, a win-win that helps create jobs and economic activity across the board. I look forward to this exciting industry’s continued growth in virtually every corner of this state.”

Five off-site branch stores have opened for farm cideries to sell farm-produced wine, beer, spirits and ciders by the bottle or glass, officials said.

Click here to see a list of the farm cideries in New York State. Among area cideries are Blue Toad Hard Cider in Rochester, Embark Craft Ciderworks in Williamson, Wayne County, Brooklyn Cider House LLC in Geneva, Ontario County, and Cunningham Creek Distributors Inc. in Canisteo, Steuben County.

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