|Schumer at Brown’s Brewing in Troy in February.|
Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer toured a series of Upstate New York breweries to display his support of the industry. On Wednesday, he took the lead role in announcing creation of his “I Love NY Brew” campaign.
The campaign was created, says Schumer, to place more locally-brewed beer in restaurants, bars and store shelves around the state.
In a letter to the National Association of Convenience Stores and Fuel Retailing and to the New York State Restaurant Association, Schumer urged both associations to offer more beer brewed at the 77 micro-breweries, regional craft breweries, and brewpubs across the state that supports what the senator says is “nearly 60,000 New York jobs.”
“Craft breweries have catapulted New York to the top shelf of beer states,” the statement said, “and our beers are more than ready for prime time. Whether you are searching for a six-pack at your local 7-Eleven or grabbing Buffalo wings with a beer after work, you should have a wide assortment of locally brewed beers to choose from. I’m strongly urging New York restaurants, bars and convenience stores alike across the state to take a close look at New York’s beers, and consider putting them on their shelves or on their menu. It would be a win-win, both for those selling the beer, and for the breweries making it.”
David Katleski, president of the New York State Brewers Association, chimed in, noting, “The growth of the craft brewing industry in New York State is tremendous. Continued growth will greatly contribute to the number of jobs, tax dollars, and economic benefit to New York. Of all the beer sold in New York State, New York craft beer currently represents a 7.5% market share. One can only imagine the economic impact to our state if craft beer sales here reflected that of craft beer sales in Oregon, where they’re 30%.”
Schumer is asking the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) to encourage member restaurants to offer locally-brewed beer on their menu. In addition to getting more beers into restaurants close to where it is brewed, Schumer will be pushing the New York City members of the NYSRA to consider offering beers brewed across Upstate New York and Long Island. While some beers like Genesee and Saranac have gained popularity in the downstate market, Schumer and New York brewers believe this market is vastly underutilized and represents the chance to dramatically grow craft brewing across the state.
Here is Schumer’s breakdown of local brewing businesses and their production levels by region:
• In the Capital Region, six breweries brewed 4,922 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open two new breweries.
• In Central New York, six breweries brewed 287,883 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open three new breweries.
• In the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, four breweries brewed 511,063 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open three new breweries.
• In the Southern Tier, 11 breweries brewed 42,279 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open seven new breweries.
• In Western New York, four breweries brewed 31,349 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open two new breweries.
• In the Hudson Valley, seven breweries brewed 11,895 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open seven new breweries.
• In the North Country, five breweries brewed 8,728 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open at least one new brewery.
• In the New York City, five breweries brewed 132,073 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open nine new breweries.
• On Long Island, 10 breweries brewed 54,122 barrels of beer last year, and there are plans to open five new breweries.
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