If you look around Sullivan County, you might just notice a new brewery popping up. It seems to be a trend in the area, as the Governor promotes tax breaks for brewers. Our Eva McKend met with a local distiller and has more on that industry's move to the region.
BETHEL, NY - Two years ago it was simply the right time for Sullivan County native Stacy Cohen and her husband Dr. Monte Sachs, to launch the Catskill Distilling Company. Now, they notice other distilleries and breweries are popping up in the county and across the state.
"There is this boom of artisan distillers around the United States. The government has allowed this to happen. New York has supported this tremendously with the Farm Distillery Bill. It allows us to not only have a license for a reasonable price, it also allows us access to markets that before the Farm Distillery Bill was not accessible to these small distillers," said Sachs.
A distillery just came to Roscoe. There's also a brewery on the way to Livingston Manor. Local development groups said that it's a good trend. They believe the county could become the micro-brew capital of the Northeast if it brews at least 3,000 gallons a year.
"Well, they are a boom to our economy here in Sullivan County; and, that’s why we are so interested in assisting these projects through to fruition," said Allan Scott, President of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development.
At the Catskill Distilling Company, owners said that as breweries and distilleries make their way into Sullivan County, their path to success will be linked to how much they become a part of the community.
"We really want to do the grow local, community based, agro-tourism thing here; and, we are doing that. So, this just adds to that movement going on, which is just tremendously popular. And, it’s wonderful,” said Cohen.
There are more than 90 breweries across New York State that provide thousands of jobs and support more than $200 million of economic activity. Last year, Governor Cuomo issued tax credits to encourage expansion of the industry.