by Michael Wren
ALBANY, NY – Thursday, March 7 kicked off the second year of the NYS Craft Brewers Conference at the Desmond Hotel in the Empire State’s capital. Brewers and suppliers came together to exchange ideas and conversation about the craft beer market in New York.
The three-day event included trade shows for both suppliers and brewers as well as informational sessions and panels where veteran brewers and beginners alike could learn more about anything from water chemistry and dry hopping to brewery accounting and music licensing. Off-flavor classes were also offered at the beginner and advanced levels. The event included an acoustic performance by Sawyer Fredericks, winner of 2015’s “The Voice.”
The keynote speaker, co-founder and chairman of Brooklyn Brewery Steve Hindy, brought to light how quickly the craft beer industry is still growing and that there are now 424 craft breweries in New York State. Hindy went on to discuss what may be in store for the future craft beer industry and market. A rapidly growing industry as such will generally see more tax ramifications in the future as the easements on tasting rooms compared to bars and restaurants are more lax.
The three-day event concluded with a brewery safety presentation by the Brewers Association Safety Ambassador Matt Stinchfield, followed by the Annual NYSBA Brewers Meeting and finally the Allied Members’ Meeting.
The New York State Brewers Association boasts an impressive 63 percent membership rate. For more information about the NYSBA and upcoming events visit newyorkcraftbeer.com .