State Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Bill Magee joined the owners of Gilligan’s Ice Cream in Sherburne on Monday to celebrate the signing of a new law allowing for the sale of beer and hard cider ice cream.

The legislation was sponsored by Seward and Magee.

The new law is similar to a measure approved in 2008 regulating the sale of wine ice cream in New York State.

As with wine ice cream, the legislation limits the percentage of alcohol in beer and hard cider ice cream to no more than 5 percent.

It also prohibits its sale to persons under twenty-one years of age, and requires a label that the product contains alcohol.

Seward said, “The dairy and craft beer/cider industries are key contributors to our state’s agriculture economy.  By bringing these entities together, we are able to capitalize on homegrown New York ingredients with the creation of a cool, new product.  I was pleased to work with the owners of Gilligan’s Ice Cream to advance this law, clearing the way for their inventive product that will be popular at fairs, ice cream shops, and farm breweries throughout the state.

photo courtesy of Senator Seward's Office