Governor Cuomo has updated the alcoholic beverage control laws (ABC Law). Part of the new agreement expands Sunday alcohol sales to 10 am. Do you think it's a good idea?

Easing restrictions and red tape is part of the new agreement so business can continue to grow and thrive in NYS. Wineries, distilleries, breweries, cideries, restaurants, bars and taverns will not have to deal with the state's blue laws that were 80 years old.

Here's what to expect with the newly amended ABC Law:

  • Expand Sunday Sales and enable these licensees to apply for a permit, limited to twelve per year, to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on Sundays between 8 a.m. and the new 10 a.m.
  • Eliminate Burdensome Paperwork Requirements for Craft Manufacturers
  • Authorize the Sale of Wine in Growlers
  • Reduce Fees for Craft Beverage Salespeople
  • Reduced Fees for Small Wholesalers
  • Authorize Gift Wrapping

According to Governor Cuomo's press release, New York is home to nearly 900 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Farm wineries in New York have increased by close to 60 percent, from 195 in 2010 to 310 today. Additionally, the number of microbreweries has grown by 263 percent, from 40 in 2010 to 145, while the number of farm distilleries grew from just 10 in 2010 to 90 today. Two new licenses have been created since 2011: the farm brewery license in 2013 and the farm cidery license in 2014, with New York, now home to 120 farm breweries and 21 farm cideries businesses.


Making a Mint Julep with Bourbon from Adirondack Distilling Company in Utica