New York State is now home to 1,005 craft beverage manufacturers operating in 60 counties.

Since Governor Cuomo hosted the first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summit in 2012, the number of businesses producing craft beverages has more than doubled.

New York ranks first in U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft distillers, third in breweries and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries.

"The growth of New York's craft beverage industry continues to boost local economies throughout the entire state," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "By working to remove barriers to expansion, we have helped foster new opportunities for small businesses and will continue to support breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries as they develop their brands, create new jobs and drive tourism all over New York."

Central New York added 30 new craft breweries, a 600 percent increase from five in 2012.

The Mohawk Valley led the state with the largest percent increase in new craft beverage manufacturers, increasing 193 percent from 15 in 2012 to 44 today.

Bob Joseph, WNBF News
Bob Joseph, WNBF News

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