By John Moorhead, American Homebrewers Association
February 27, 2020
[Update for July 30, 2020: Senate Bill 7369 passed the Senate Floor on July 22, 2020. House bill 9063 currently sits in the Economic Development Committee where it awaits a vote to move to the Assembly Floor. If you are a New York state resident and would like more information on what you can do to support this homebrewing initiative, find out more information here.]
House Bill 9063 (A9037) and Senate Bill 7369 (S7369) would allow your local homebrew shops to apply for a license to sell beer for off-premises 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, drugstores, 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.
Status of Bill
A9037 has been assigned to the Economic Development Committee and is co-sponsored by Rep. Karl Barbenec. S7369 has been assigned to the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee and is co-sponsored by Senator Jen Metzger. We need the committee members of each chamber to pass the bill and move it to the floor for a vote.
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John Moorhead is director of the National Homebrew Competition, AHA competition organizer, and lead AHA staffer for government affairs.