Owego, N.Y. - Natalie Mattrazzo, owner of The Farmhouse Brewery and Malthouse in Tioga County, N.Y., has been invited to join the New York State Craft Brewer Workgroup. According to a press release from the New York State Governor's Office, this group resulted from the 2nd Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summit, and the purpose of the group is to deliver recommendations on furthering the growth of the state's craft beer industry. Mattrazzo is one member out of just 12 that were chosen from the growing pool of industry professionals, including operators of the other 100 microbreweries in New York State. The workgroup will also include the Commissioner of the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball, and other representatives from the NYS Liquor Authority and Empire State Development.

Mattrazzo and her husband, Marty, opened The Farmhouse Malthouse in 2012 in Newark Valley, where they made malt from barley grown on New York State farms. According to their website, it is the first commercially licensed malthouse in the state since prohibition. Using their own malt, The Mattrazzo's began to brew their own beer while supplying malt to other craft breweries. In 2014, they opened The Farmhouse Brewery Taproom in Owego to the growing community of craft beer enthusiasts. Their unique and hyper-local business model also includes using additional local ingredients, such as rhubarb, serving snacks from local sources and reserving "guest taps" for other beverages produced in New York State.

"The tremendous growth in the beverage industry is a direct result of the sector's key players working together with the State to address potential obstacles. The NY Craft Brewer Workgroup will further this collaboration by enhancing our communication and responsiveness to the needs of the craft beverage industry, while helping to create jobs and better promote our locally made products," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner, Kenneth Adams, as quoted in the press release.

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Natalie Mattrazzo
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