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Cornell researchers bet on rhubarb for NY craft beverage industry

Cornell researchers bet on rhubarb for NY craft beverage industry
Cornell University researchers believe rhubarb could become New York state’s next big thing in the craft beverage industry. With its unique combination of sour, sweet, and vegetal flavors, rhubarb has the potential to significantly enhance ... more
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Three Brothers unveils new sustainable label for wines

Three Brothers unveils new sustainable label for wines
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, renowned for its diverse offerings in the Finger Lakes region, introduced a new label design for its estate wines this past week, symbolizing a commitment to sustainability and quality. The ... more
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New York’s remaining dry towns may see change in state laws

INSIDE THE FLX: Paul Zuber from the Business Council of NY State on alcohol-to-go in the state budget (podcast)
A new bill making its way through the New York Legislature could mark the end of an era for towns and villages with post-Prohibition bans on alcohol sales. Advanced out of a state Senate committee ... more
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Cayuga County breweries perform well at state beer competition

Prison City IPA wins, gaining even more recognition
At the 2024 New York State Craft Beer Competition in Albany, Cayuga County's breweries showcased their excellence by securing six medals across various categories. Auburn's Prison City Brewing stood out with three medals, including two ... more
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FLCC to expand with new horticulture facility thanks to federal funding

FLCC to expand with new horticulture facility thanks to federal funding
Finger Lakes Community College is set to receive a $1 million boost from the federal government for the construction of a new horticulture and greenhouse facility. Announced on March 13, 2024, the funding, secured by ... more
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Canandaigua welcomes new wine tasting room on Main St.

Canandaigua welcomes new wine tasting room on Main St.
Jim Acquilano is set to open a new wine tasting room in Canandaigua, bringing his dream to life after transitioning from a 40-year career in mental healthcare to winemaking. Acquilano's venture, influenced by his family's ... more
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Will NY permanently legalize to-go cocktails? Liquor store owners worried about competing with restaurants

INSIDE THE FLX: Paul Zuber from the Business Council of NY State on alcohol-to-go in the state budget (podcast)
In response to the continued popularity of to-go cocktails among customers and businesses since the pandemic, Governor Kathy Hochul is pushing for the permanent legalization of alcohol to-go in her upcoming budget proposal. Initially introduced ... more
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Wine in grocery stores? Debate reignites in Albany over NY’s restrictive rules

Grocery costs rising, but stores doing what they can to keep them under control
The perennial debate over allowing grocery stores in New York to sell wine is back on the table this legislative session. Despite the state's alcoholic beverage commission not including this recommendation in their proposed reforms ... more
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Liquor Authority wants to tackle license backlog: How will it get done?

Liquor Authority wants to tackle license backlog: How will it get done?
The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has announced the formation of a special committee to address a significant backlog in processing liquor license applications. Currently, the SLA is dealing with approximately 6,000 pending items, ... more
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New York Wine & Grape Foundation partners with Agency 29 for comprehensive statewide vineyard survey

New York Wine & Grape Foundation partners with Agency 29 for comprehensive statewide vineyard survey
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) recently announced its partnership with Upstate NY-based brand-building firm Agency 29 to lead a comprehensive statewide Vineyard Survey initiative. Ag Access and Deep Planet will also partner ... more
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K2 Brothers Brewing aims to open Walworth taproom in coming weeks

K2 Brothers Brewing aims to open Walworth taproom in coming weeks
Earlier this year, K2 Brothers Brewing, known for transforming unique spaces into vibrant taprooms, announced its latest venture: A new taproom set in the historic Freewill Elementary School building in Walworth. Acquired in May, the ... more
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Genesee reveals fan-chosen specialty beer: Citrus Pils

Genesee reveals fan-chosen specialty beer: Citrus Pils
Following an impressive campaign and the participation of over 10,500 eager Genesee fans at the polls, the brewery has unveiled its latest fan-picked specialty beer: Citrus Pils. The winter citrus-themed pilsner-style ale, teeming with tangerine ... more
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Finger Lakes wineries embrace smoke-free rules

Finger Lakes wineries embrace smoke-free rules
Several wineries in the Finger Lakes region have taken significant steps towards promoting a healthier environment for both their staff and visitors. According to Jody Earle, who spoke with the Finger Lakes Times about the ... more
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NY Wine & Grape Foundation rebrands, launching marketing toolkit to elevate industry locally

NY Wine & Grape Foundation rebrands, launching marketing toolkit to elevate industry locally
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) has successfully concluded its Brand Expansion project, initiated in April 2022, in collaboration with Born Collective. The project aimed to enhance the global acknowledgment of New York’s ... more
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Six Eighty Cellars opens scenic tasting room on Cayuga Lake

Six Eighty Cellars opens scenic tasting room on Cayuga Lake
This week Six Eighty Cellars, renowned for its distinctive amphora-aged, low-intervention wines, unveiled its state-of-the-art tasting room situated on Cayuga Lake's western shores at 3050 Swick Rd. Nestled within the picturesque Finger Lakes Region's Cayuga ... more
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Aurora Brewing Co. opens new location in Bushnell’s Basin

Aurora Brewing Co. opens new location in Bushnell's Basin
Aurora Brewing Co., renowned for its location overlooking Cayuga Lake since 2015, has expanded its presence with a second taproom in Bushnell's Basin, a Rochester hamlet. This new establishment brings Aurora closer to its substantial ... more
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Introducing the ‘Crafts & Drafts’ digital beverage pass for Yates and Steuben

Introducing the 'Crafts & Drafts' digital beverage pass for Yates and Steuben
Two counties in the Finger Lakes region are unveiling "Crafts & Drafts." It's a cutting-edge digital craft beverage pass that opens the door to a curated collection of the area's craft beverages, spanning beer, spirits, ... more
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Finger Lakes wines will be available in Puerto Rico for first time ever

Despite evolving expectations, optimism still abound in wine industry
In a pioneering move, a selection of wines from New York's Finger Lakes region will be made available in Puerto Rico for the first time, Governor Kathy Hochul's office announced on Monday. This groundbreaking initiative ... more
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What’s happening at the Showboat Motel? New brewery expands, adding to unique experience

What’s happening at the Showboat Motel? New brewery expands, adding to unique experience
New York’s only brewery specializing in British-style “cask ale,” Seneca Lake Brewing Co., is expanding its operations with a second location at the Showboat Motel in Himrod. Situated about 12 miles north of their original ... more
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