2013 : Agriculture


For Craft Beers and Microbrewers Popping Up

Craft Beers and Microbrewers Popping Up

Small micro brewers are introducing craft beers in a couple of towns. The one in Lake Placid has been around for a while. It appears that this could be a nice sized new business in quite a few places. Craft brew pubs can be good draws for tourists.

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Vermont Distiller Adds to Moriah Location

Whistle Pig, a Vermont distillery, will be adding to its storage facilities in Moriah.

Read the news story here.

War Canoe Spirits in Crown Point Wins $705k Grant

War Canoe Spirits in Crown Point won the grant to establish a distillery with tasting, dining, retail and event space.

See page 76 of the 2017 REDC awards booklet here

Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake Expanding

Following a successful start, Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake is expanding capacity.  This seems to be happening at a number of Adk brewers.

Read the news story here.

Farm Based Brewers and Distillers Can Now Offer Tastings

The new law (s2482) allows for tastings on or off premises for local farm distillers and brewers.

Read the new law language here

Barley Crops for Brewers Making a Comeback

A big change makes barley crops in NYS eligible for crop insurance.  It will help the many local brewers meet the required amount of local ingredients.

Read the news story here.

Westport Gets Its Own Brewery

Joining many other towns in the Park, Westport now has it's own local brewery.

Read the news story here.

Old Agway Store in Crown Pt to Become a Distillery

Old Canoe Spirits will convert the former Agway into a whisky pub.  Work has begun.

Read the news story here.

Adk Pub and Brewery in Lake George Wins $325k for Education Campus

Adirondack Pub and Brewery will establish the Craft Beverage Campus, a winery and a beverage incubator that will serve as a regional food and beverage education center through partnerships with SUNY Adirondack, Schenectady County Community College and Paul Smiths College.  this is part of a bigger plan for making Lake George a year-round destination.

Read about the grant on page 90 of the 2016 REDC grant awards booklet

AuSable Brewing in Keesville Wins $43k NC REDC Grant

This is the second year the Keeseville brewer has won a grant to expand.

Read about the grant on page 69 of the 2016 REDC grant awards booklet

Whiskey Business Coming to Moriah

The Vermont company will first use the site for storage but later for distilling and more.

Read the news story here.

Adk Winery Expanding

The Adk Winery in Queensbury will expand production.

Read the news story here.

Distilleries Benefit from Extension of Tax Credits

Small producers will see credits in production taxes the State normally charges large beer and alcohol producers.  It means tens of thousands of dollars a year in savings.

Read the news item here.

Hops Production Returning to the Region

A hops farm is starting in Tupper Lake.  Several others are already growing.  Years ago, NY was a leading producer of hops.  Today, new craft brewers need local hops supplies.

Read the news story here.

Saranac Lake Blue Line Brewery to Open a Potsdam Location

The Blue Line Brewery will open a new brew pub in Potsdam, a college town just north of the Park.  This is the second recent case of a Saranac Lake business expanding outside the park.

Read the news story here.

Old Forge Has its Own Craft Brewer Too

Old Forge craft brewery is doing well.  Now every large town in the Park has it's own brewer.

Read the news story here.

LG Distillery Get's it First Still

The Lake George distillery project was announced a while back and is now in the midst of construction.

Read the news story here.

Ausable Brewing Company of Keeseville to Expand

Ausable Brewing was awarded $60,000 via the NC REDC to expand it's production.

More information is on page 81 of the 2015 REDC award booklet

Farm-to-Bottle Distillery Opens in Keene

Gristmill Distillers, a distiller that recently opened in Keene, prides itself on being a local, farm-to-bottle operation. Spring water from the property, Adirondack Grains form Essex, apples from Rulf's Orchard and barrels from US Barrel in Wilmington all provide local materials and for them to distill their spirits. 

Read the news story here

Ban on Brewery and Distillery Activities Eased in New York State

The New York State Liquor Authority eased certain bans that will allow better business operations for micro-breweries and distilleries. Among other laws, a ban was lifted that prohibited joint tasting rooms for distillers or brewers. 

Read the news story here

Another Brew Pup Coming to Lake Placid

A new brew pub will open in October 2015 in Lake Placid.  It will be in an existing building on Route 73.

Read the news story here.

Oval Brewery to Become Second Brewery on Former Plattsburgh Air Force Base

Oval Brewery just received approval to begin construction to turn the former Rescue Hose 5 fire station located on the U.S. Oval in Plattsburgh into a brewery. The style of the building as well as many historic fire station relics will be preserved during the construction to maintain the rich history of the building.

Read the news article here

Valcour Brewing Company Opening in Old Stone Barracks

Valcour Brewing Company is set to open in September 2015 after restoring the historic Old Stone Barracks on the old Air Force Base in Plattsburgh to have a tasting room serving light fare, craft brewery, events space and inn. The history of the location will show through in the restorations as well as in showcases and information displays throughout the brewery. 

Read the news article here

LP Brewery Expanding

The LP Brewery will build in a new location, adding a new restaurant as well.

Read the news story here.

Paradox Brewing in Schroon Set to Expand

The micro brewer is doing well in Schroon Lake and is planning to expand.

Read the news story here.

Paul Smiths College Starts Craft Brewer Minor

Craft brewing minor begins at Paul Smiths College

Read the news story here.

Tupper Lake Micro Brewer Opens

A new micro brewer and pub opens shop in Tupper Lake

Read the news story here.

$5m Brew Pub and Distillery in LG Announced

Lake George will see a new $5m project - a brew pub and distillery.

Read the news item here.

Lake Placid Beer Now Ships to 9 States

Lake Placid Brewery, based in Lake Placid, now ships its beers to 9 states.  Transportation costs are its limiting factor. 

AuSable Brewing Company building in Keeseville

AuSable Brewing Company is different - these folks are growing their own hops and will produce unfiltered brews in Keeseville on Mace Chasm Road.

Saranac Lake Gets Its Own Brewer

Called the Blue Line Brewery, it is now operating in the old car wash in town.

Paradox Brewery Opens in Schroon Lake

Lake George Micro Brewer Gets Big Distribution Deal

Adirondack Brewing in Lake George has signed on to a distributor that adds Long Island to the list of 25 New York counties they now reach with distribution.

Read the news story here.

Tax Cut for Small Brewers

Federal tax cut for small brewers offered.

Read the news story here.

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