If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrewer in the state of New York, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of New York. Links to both pieces of legislation and the NY Assembly members are at the bottom. Thank you!
Dear New York Homebrewers,
We need your immediate action to help homebrew supply shops in New York.
New York General Assembly Bill 9037 (A9037) and New York Senate Bill 7369 (S7369) would allow your local homebrew shops to apply for a license to sell beer for off-premise consumption. The general idea is to allow homebrew supply shops to add beer sales to their product list, which would benefit both the shops and New York's small and independent breweries.
Currently, only grocery stores, drug stores, and duly licensed supply ships operating in harbors in Lake Erie are eligible to apply for a license to sell beer for off-premises consumption.
The General Assembly Bill 9037 has been assigned to the New York General Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee. The State Senate Bill 7369 passed the Senate floor on July 22, 2020.
We need the assembly committee members to pass the bill and move each to the Assembly floor for a vote.Here's How You Can HelpBy August 5
, write to Representative Robin Schimminger, chair of the General Assembly Committee, and Representative Aileen Gunther, member of the committee and sponsor of the bill, urging each committee to pass the bills to the chamber floors.
Representative Robin Schimminger, chair of the General Assembly Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Aileen Gunther, member of the committee: GuntheA@nyassembly.gov
See the sample text below (feel free to customize your message)
Dear [Representative Robin Schimminger OR Representative Aileen Gunther],
I am writing to urge you to pass General Assembly Bill 9037 out of the Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee to the General Assembly floor.
General Assembly Bill 9037 is a fair bill that would benefit the more than 20 brewery supply stores across the state that support thousands of homebrewers and their communities, as well as benefit New York's 400+ small and independent breweries. The bill allows brewery supply stores to apply for a license to sell beer for off-premises consumption. This new opportunity will help keep these small, locally-owned businesses competitive.
New York's economy will benefit from the passage of General Assembly Bill 9037. The majority of the more than 7,000 breweries now operating in the United States, including over 400 in New York, were founded by homebrewers. Successful brewery supply stores help to build a vibrant homebrewing community, fostering the growth of locally owned businesses, which contribute jobs and tax revenue to New York's economy.
Given the current situation, small businesses need legislative support to help weather the financial uncertainties moving forward. I strongly urge you to pass General Assembly Bill 9037. It is the right thing to do for New York small businesses, homebrewers, and craft breweries, and will prove beneficial to New York's economy.
Thank you for your attention to this action alert and support of homebrewing.
AHA Competition Manager
General Assembly 9037: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a9037
Senate 7369: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s7362