At Rushing Duck Brewing Co., a microbrewery in New Yorkâ€™s Orange County, owners used to pour free samples of beer, because state law prohibited charging customers for a pint at breweriesâ€™ tasting rooms.
â€œWe were getting about 200 people per weekend in, and from a keg perspective, that is 2Â½ full kegs we were going through for free,â€ said brewery co-owner Nikki Cavanaugh.
But in December 2014, with a new state law taking effect, the brewery began selling pints for the first time. â€œIt increased our revenue drastically,â€ said Ms. Cavanaugh, 29 years old, who in 2012 founded the brewery about 60 miles north of New York City with her husband, Dan Hitchcock.
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