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Brewing Microenterprise Program to be launched

Rochester Business Journal
March 17, 2017

The state is kicking in $185,000 to encourage the growth of craft brewing in Livingston County.

The funds will establish a Brewing Microenterprise Program starting with four companies picked through a competitive process: Battle Street Brewery in Dansville, Mortalis Brewing Company in Avon, Quiet Storm Brewing Company in Geneseo and Original Stump Blower Ciderworks in Lakeville.

Each will receive a $35,000 grant for equipment, furniture and fixtures, loans of up to $100,000 at 1 percent interest, free tax assistance and a one-year membership in the New York State Brewers Association. They will also receive administrative, legal, technical and marketing support from local businesses.

Alternate funding sources are being pursued for three additional winners: Amber Lantern Brewing Company in Geneseo, Dublin Corners Farm Brewery in York and Horns & Halos Craft Brewing in Caledonia.

The program is expected to add 16 full-time jobs and leverage $400,000 in additional resources from across the region.

New York is now home to nearly 1,000 licensed wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. The number of farm wineries in New York has increased by more than 65 percent, from 195 in 2010 to 322 today, according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman and Monroe Community College President Anne Kress said they were happy to support the craft brew industry in the region.

“The burgeoning business is helping to create exciting momentum in the Finger Lakes which is translating to quality jobs and helping the region unleash its future economic potential," they said in a statement.

Follow Anne Saunders on Twitter: @asaunders_rbj

(c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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