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NY(C) Craft Beer Week

August 3, 2009

The second annual "NY Craft Beer Week" is coming September 11th - 20th, but it is a NYC rather than NY-Statewide event. (I'm not finding anything about it on the New York State Brewers Association website.) It looks pretty good, and seems to be somewhat modeled after NYC's "Restaurant Week," which has been recurring for the better part of a decade. (For more, see

With Blue Point, Southampton, Brickhouse, Black Forest, and John Harvard's being joined by new breweries (Long Ireland, Greenport Harbor, Fire Island, Blind Bat, plus at least Great South Bay and Barrier in the works), maybe next year we can have a LI Craft Beer Week. Perhaps it could be scheduled to coincide with one of the bigger beer festivals here on Long Island, such as the North Fork Craft Beer Festival, or the Spring Craft Beer Festival. s

Oneonta Daily Star: "Area brewers say bottle-bill flaws could end them"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Blind Bat Brewery only sells beer in New York, so my business is not directly affected by this bottle bill. However, I'm a fan of the beer from the
Cooperstown Brewing Company (love that Benchwarmer Porter), so this really alarms me:

From The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
May 16, 2009
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If New York's new bottle law takes effect June 1 as planned, the Cooperstown Brewing Co. may go out of business.

"The law's a nightmare, and there's no way I can comply," said President Stan Hall, whose brewery is home to Old Slugger and other beers.
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Breweries and other beverage makers would have to keep separate inventories and records for products sold in New York. New labeling equipment would cost thousands of dollars, he said, and sorting beers by destination would be grossly inefficient.

"We sell beer in Florida, Massachusetts and other places, but we don't know in advance how much is going where," Hall said. "Requirements like this are just going to kill small brewers."

Other brewers, both in state and out, have voiced similar complaints, saying the labeling requirement is unworkable.

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NY State UPC Label Law: Update

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Some arguments, pro and con, about the New York UPC label law can be found
in this article from Schenectady's The Daily Gazette.


Companion legislation has been introduced in the NY State Assembly (A.B. 8069) and Senate (S.B. 5363) seeking to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to eliminating the requirement that bottlers and brewers must include a New York specific universal product code on all redeemable bottles and cans and to extend the start date of registering container labels.

Speak up if you are so inclined. Democracy shouldn't be a spectator sport.

Action Alert! Protect craft beer, support a repeal of the New York specific UPC requirement.

Monday May 4, 2009

This just in from the New York State Brewers Association, via the Brewers Association's "Support Your Local Brewery" email alerts:

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May 4, 2009

Dear New York Beer Activist,

At the request of the New York State Brewers Association, we are alerting you to an issue which could dramatically affect your access to the craft beers made by small breweries all across the country.

As you have likely learned, the state of New York recently enacted a requirement that bottled products sold in your state must bear a New York-specific UPC code for bottle deposit and redemption purposes. This requirement will have severe negative impacts on many businesses, including and particularly, small breweries. The cost to produce a state-specific label with a unique UPC and the inventory and shipping challenges that presents, will mean many small breweries will be forced to pull their beers out of the New York market because the cost of doing business in the state will be simply too high. And just think of the precedent this potentially sets for other states should they enact similar requirements…small brewer out-of-state sales could be decimated coast to coast.

Several brewing companies have already weighed in on this issue with the Governor, explaining they would have no choice but to discontinue distribution of their beers. This is bad for the state of New York, bad for small brewers everywhere, and perhaps worst of all for New York residents who are craft beer drinkers. Access to the wide range of beer you currently enjoy will be severely limited in the future should this requirement remain on the books.

Please take a few minutes and call or email your State Senator and Assemblyman. Let them know that you feel the New York-specific UPC is a bad idea for business and a bad idea for Empire State residents who drink craft beer and vote. Ask them to support a repeal of the New York-specific UPC requirement as contained in the recently passed Bottle Bill.

To identify your state elected officials by zip code and for contact information:



Thanks for standing up for consumer choice and America’s small brewers.

Charlie Papazian

Brewers Association

Gary Glass

American Homebrewers Association
888.822.8273 x 121
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