NY: Cuomo convenes wine, beer and spirits summit

on 27/10/12 at 8:27 am

Booze News

Following a day-long special summit in Albany, Governor Cuomo has pledged to invest more money into promoting the state’s growing wine, beer, and spirits industries.

The “summit” came as New York’s conservation department has yet to decide whether hydro-fracking for natural gas will be permitted in New York.  As Karen DeWitt reports, a protest at the capitol highlighted the conflicting interests of brewers and gas drillers.

Gov. Cuomo heard the concerns of dozens of New York State based wineries, as well as craft brewery and distillery owners, in a second-of-its-kind summit focusing on a New York-based industry. This summer he held a Greek yogurt summit.

A common complaint is that state-connected functions do not feature or promote New York made alcoholic beverages. Fred Matt, of Matt Brewing Company in Utica, which makes Saranac beer, says he was dismayed when he visited the Saratoga Race Track this summer and found that most concessions stands sold Budweiser. He says the annual State Fair in Syracuse also was lacking New York made products, and that a fair goer might have thought they were in “Ontario, Canada, Colorado or Pennsylvania, by what beer is offered.”

Governor Cuomo, speaking after the summit, says he’s taking the comments seriously.

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