Roll out the barrels: N.Y. craft beer industry soars

New York has tapped into the craft beer boom, an industry known for its creative brews and one that is funneling billions into the state’s economy.

The craft beer industry in New York grew 59 percent between 2013 and 2014 as loosened regulations led to a surge in new breweries, cideries and wineries, according to a report released last month.

The report, funded by the state Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, showed that the number of craft breweries more than doubled from 2012 to January 2015: 95 to 207 breweries. It’s led production to jump 54 percent from 2011 to 2013, to 859,535 barrels.

“We have said time and time again that New York produces some of the best craft beverages anywhere, and this report backs up exactly why we are focusing on growing these breweries,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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