Taste NYFeatures New York’s Wine, Spirits, Cider and Beer Producers from Across the State
May 24 Event Follows Successful Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge
Launches the Cuisine and Craft Beverage Trails Website to Help Connect New Yorkers and Visitors to the State’s Beverage Tourism Destinations


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first-ever Taste NY Experience tasting event to showcase more than four dozen of the State’s top wine, beer, spirits and cider producers at Pier A Harbor House—one of New York City’s most iconic and historic landmarks.  The May 24 event comes on the heels of the inaugural Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge competition, which yesterday named Brewery Ommegang and Roscoe NY Beer Co. as New York’s favorite beers. The craft beverage industry has grown 112 percent since the Governor held the first Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider summit in 2012.

“This first-ever Taste NY Experience will connect our world-class beverage producers to new markets to support the continued growth and expansion of the booming beverage industry,” Governor Cuomo said. “By showcasing the state’s hard-working beverage producers, we are supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, economic growth and jobs in communities across the State.”

The Taste NY Experience will connect hundreds of consumers, media, trade and industry representatives directly to the producers. The Experience is a partnership among Taste NY, the NY Wine & Grape Foundation, NY Brewers Association, NY Distillers Guild and the NY Cider Association.  It is a part of a greater partnership between Taste NY and Pier A Harbor House, which includes: a Taste NY Wine and Spirits Shop, selling exclusively New York wine, spirits and cider; a Taste NY Kiosk, featuring local food and snack items; and local offerings that will be featured on the Harbor House restaurant menu.  A Taste NY catering menu will also be available to guests for private events.
 
The event will feature nearly 50 producers from the Capital Region, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, the Southern Tier and Western New York.  It was funded through the State’s Craft Beverage Grant Program, which is administered by Empire State Development.  It is also a deliverable from the Governor’s Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit.
 
Participating producers include:
 
Capital Region
Saratoga Brewing, Saratoga County
Shmaltz Brewing, Saratoga County
Slyboro Cidery, Washington County

Finger Lakes
Wagner Vineyards, Seneca County
Embark Craft Ciderworks, Wayne County
Abandon Brewing, Yates County
Anthony Road Wine Co., Yates County
Fox Run Vineyards, Yates County
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Yates County
 
Long Island
Flying Belgian Brewery, Nassau County
Bedell Cellars, Suffolk County
Macari Vineyards, Suffolk County
Moustache Brewing, Suffolk County
Raphael Vineyard and Winery, Suffolk County
 
Mid-Hudson
Delaware Phoenix Distillery, Delaware County
Brotherhood Winery, Orange County
Newburgh Brewing, Orange County
Orchard Hill Cider Mill, Orange County
Rushing Duck, Orange County
KAS Spirits, Putnam County
Aaron Burr Cidery, Sullivan County
Benmarl Winery, Ulster County
Whitecliff Vineyard, Ulster County
Broken Bow Brewery, Westchester County
Yonkers Brewing, Westchester County
 
New York City
Breuckelen Distilling, Kings County
Brooklyn Cider House, Kings County
Brooklyn Winery, Kings County
Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Kings County
Descendant Cider, Queens County
Kings County Brewers Collective, Kings County
Kings County Distillery, Kings County
NY Distilling Co., Kings County
Van Brunt Stillhouse, Kings County
Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits, Manhattan

Southern Tier
Eve's Cidery, Chemung County
Finger Lakes Distilling, Schuyler County
Lakewood Vineyards, Schuyler County
Dr. Konstantin Frank, Steuben County
Prohibition Distillery, Sullivan County
Ithaca Beer, Tompkins County
South Hill Cider, Tompkins County

Western New York
Four Mile Brewing, Cattaraugus County
21 Brix Winery, Chautauqua County
Five & 20 Spirits, Chautauqua County
Johnson Estate Winery,Chautauqua County
42 North Brewing Company, Erie County
Community Beer Works, Erie County
 
New York businesses sampling their food and drinks at the event include Cabot Creamery, Chobani, Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream, Orwasher’s, Red Jacket Orchards, Saratoga Water, Seaway Trail Honey and more. The event is open to media and trade from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and to the general public from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission and are available here.
 
Cuisine and Craft Beverage Trail
 
In addition to the Taste NY Experience, the Governor also announced the launch of the Taste NY Cuisine and Craft Beverage Trail webpage.  The Cuisine and Beverage Trail website is a deliverable from the 2017-18 New York State Budget and was designed to further promote the growing craft beverage industry.
 
The one stop site is the first webpage to compile information on the State’s 18 cuisine and beverage trails across the State. The site will help connect New Yorkers and visitors with these agri-tourism destinations by linking them directly to additional details on the trails and the participating wine, beer, spirits and cider producers.
 
The webpage will also provide a link for craft beverage producers to access a step-by-step guide on applying for Wine Trail or Farm/Apple/Cuisine Trail designation through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Department of Transportation.
 
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Through the Taste NY Experience and the Beverage and Cuisine Trails page, we’re helping to connect our producers to even more customers at home and around the world.  The partnership with Pier A is exciting and dynamic and truly captures the goal of Governor Cuomo’s Taste NY initiative—to strengthen New York’s small businesses and agricultural producers by spotlighting their products to large consumer audiences.  Pier A Harbor House has a long history of supporting local food and beverage companies at its iconic location, making it an ideal venue for the Taste NY Experience tasting.”
 
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Thanks to the Taste NY initiative, New York's craft food and beverage industries are experiencing tremendous growth, creating new jobs and helping to grow our economy. We are proud to support the Taste NY Experience, which will help producers reach new markets and expand their operations, while introducing new audiences to New York State’s world class foods and beverages."
 
President of WineAmerica Jim Trezise said, “This is huge news, and a major breakthrough for New York wineries, other craft beverage producers, and farmers. New York City is one of the world’s premier restaurant cities and wine capitals, and Pier A is right at the top in terms of a great food and wine experience in an iconic setting. The different elements of this partnership fit together beautifully, and we are particularly excited about the Taste NY Experience that will truly showcase the world-class wines and other craft beverages now being made in New York.  We are grateful to Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Ball, and the entire Taste NY team for making this happen.”    

Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association Paul Leone said, “New York City is one of the most competitive and diverse beverage markets in the world, and by having New York State craft beverages featured at the Pier A Harbor House, Restaurant and Taste NY Experience, now gives customers and attendees an opportunity to taste what’s being produced right in their back yard. Programs like Taste NY are invaluable to the growth of our craft beverage industry, and we can’t thank the Governor enough for his invaluable support.”

New York Cider Association Executive Director Jenn Smith said, "Governor Cuomo is addressing a genuine marketplace need by creating the Taste NY Experience to preview the single shop selling ciders, wine and spirits made in New York State – providing visitors and craft beverage enthusiasts eager to explore new products with an easy way to do so, and providing the cider- and wine makers and distillers with valuable cross-promotional opportunities. That all of this is located amidst breathtaking views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty only enhances the charisma of our state’s distinctive craft beverages.”
 
The craft beverage industry has experienced unprecedented growth under the guidance and direction of Governor Cuomo, who has approved several measures and implemented significant reforms to promote and expand the industry. New York State is now home to more than 900 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries.
 
New York also has over 600 farm 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. The number of farm distilleries also grew from just 10 in 2010 to 109 today. Two new licenses have been created since 2011, including the Farm Brewery license in 2013 and the Farm Cidery license in 2014, which has led to the establishment of 149 farm breweries and 29 farm cidery businesses.
 
About Taste NY
Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park.
 
Over the last three years, the Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition. The program reported sales of $4.5 million in 2015 and nearly tripled those figures to more than $13.1 million in 2016. Today, New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 60 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
 
For more information about Taste NY, please visitwww.taste.ny.gov. Connect with Taste NY through Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
 
About Pier A Harbor House
Offering Manhattan’s finest sunsets and water views, Pier A Harbor House is a 28,000-square foot, multi-experiential food and beverage destination located where Battery Park meets the Hudson River. Built in 1886, it is a restored registered landmark that is part of New York City’s maritime, civic and cultural history.
 
The first floor, comprised of the Long Hall and the Oyster Bar, is a free-flowing space designed for convivial eating and drinking, surrounded by a Promenade with tables for outdoor dining. The second floor features private dining, as well as BlackTail at Pier A, a new Cuba-inspired bar by The Dead Rabbit’s Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. The third floor, with unparalleled views of Lower Manhattan’s waterfront and the Financial District skyline, is dedicated to special events.
 
Pier A Harbor House is owned and operated by HPH, the renowned New York City restaurant and development company led by Peter Poulakakos that is behind The Dead Rabbit, Harry’s Cafe & Steak, Le District, Michelin-starred L’Appart, Ulysses’ and other distinguished downtown venues. It is located at 22 Battery Place.

For more information, please call (212) 785-0153, visit www.piera.com, “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PierANYC/ andhttps://www.facebook.com/TheLongHallPierA1886/, follow us on Twitter at @PierA_NYC and Instagram at @piera_nyc and@partiesonthepiera.
 

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