A new bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo benefits cideries across New York State. YNN's Karen Tararache spoke to a local cidery about the impact it is expected to have.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "For our business, the farm cider bill is a lifeline," said Sonya Del Peral, Nine Pin Cider Works owner.
It is a lifeline for Nine Pin Cider and similar businesses from across New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill allowing cideries to have the same license that breweries, winderies, and distilleries have.
"So under the farm cidery bill, if you process your cider from 100 percent New York State apples, you can have a farm cidery license as long as you are manufacturing 150,000 gallons a year or less," said Del Peral.
The bill is based on similar provisions for farm breweries signed into law in 2012.
Del Peral added, "Had we been a brewery we would have been able to have a tasting room where we could sell glasses and also growlers of our cider, but because we were behind with the law, we would not be permitted to do that, but we will be very soon."
The new bill is also expected to encourage job growth.
"We're not only going to be hiring people to help us here in the producing of the cider, but we'll also be hiring people to operate our tasting room," said Alejandro Del Peral, cider master.
Sonya added, "We can bring the farm to the glass to the people here in the city even though we are not actually on a farm."