New York Beer

Today in 1788, New York became the 11th state.

New York

New York Breweries

New York Brewery Guides

Guild: New York State Brewers Association

State Agency: New York State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control


  • Capital: Albany
  • Largest Cities: New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse
  • Population: 18,976,457; 3rd
  • Area: 54475 sq.mi., 27th
  • Nickname: Empire State
  • Statehood: 11th, July 26, 1788


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 76
  • Rank: 8th
  • Beer Production: 10,620,762
  • Production Rank: 4th
  • Beer Per Capita: 16.9 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 49.6%
  • Cans: 40.3%
  • Kegs: 9.9%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.14
  • Per Case: $0.32
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $4.34
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $4.34
  • In addition, New York City assesses a tax of $3.72 per barrel

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $1,540,520,106
  • Direct Impact: $5,343,831,895
  • Supplier Impact: $3,224,460,192
  • Induced Economic Impact: $4,660,828,233
  • Total Impact: $13,229,120,321

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 8 am–4 am. Some counties have more restrictive hours.
    Off Premises: Beer: Per state law, 24 hours/day.
    Wine & spirits: 9 am–midnight Mon–Sat, Noon–9 pm Sunday.
    Many counties have more restrictive hours, such as bans on beer sales overnight (hours vary).
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Off-premises sale of wine and spirits is only at liquor stores, and beer is not sold at liquor stores; it must be sold at supermarkets and convenience stores. Exchanges for returned items are permitted (at store owners’ discretion).

    Some counties may retain the Sunday morning beer prohibition which the state discontinued as of July 30, 2006. Twelve dry towns, mostly in western region of state. All liquor stores must be owned by a single owner, who owns that store and lives within a certain distance of it — effectually banning chain liquor stores from the state. New York City law does not allow open containers of alcohol in public. Thus, having a beer on the stoop of a building may draw a citation. However, practically, bagged containers of alcohol are consumed in violation of the rule, since opaque bags conceal evidence necessary to prosecute a citation and it is difficult to warrant a search of the bag without other evidence (evidence discovered due to an improper search is inadmissible in court).


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says

    Of course you’re forgetting the world’s smallest brewery, the Coney Island Brewing Company, who’s 1-gallon system was recently licensed as a fully functioning brewery.

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