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October 02, 2015

More Than 40 New York State Beverage Producers to Participate in First-Ever Cheers NY Craft Beverage Festival and Trade Show in Brooklyn

Event Spotlights Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider from Across the State

New York State today encouraged New Yorkers to support the wine, beer, spirits, and cider of more than 40 of the state’s top beverage producers at the first-ever CHEERS NY craft beverage festival and trade show Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4 at Industry City in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.

The event is a partnership between Empire State Development and the Governor’s Taste NY initiative and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The Brooklyn Chamber received $250,000 through the Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program to assist with the marketing of CHEERS NY.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “CHEERS NY is an incredible opportunity to promote our food and beverage industry and we couldn’t be happier that Taste NY can be a part of the inaugural year of this event.  We believe events like these help bring to people the very best of New York’s amazing agricultural industry.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “ESD is excited to support the first ever CHEERS NY Craft Beverage Festival this weekend in Brooklyn. Another great example of New York State’s booming wine, beer, spirits, and cider industry --- this event is a perfect opportunity to sample New York beverages from some of the best producers in the region.”

State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, “New York has experienced resurgence in craft production over the past five years and the CHEERS NY craft beverage festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and sample these amazing products that are being produced locally.”

The event features tastings available from each vendor using a glass provided to each patron of legal age at the time of admission to the event.  Patrons can also enjoy Brooklyn-made food at the Brooklyn Eats Marketplace.  Admission of $50 provides access to one of three sessions:  Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, or Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets providing access only to the Brooklyn Eats Marketplace, beer hall, and courtyard are $10.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Vendors taking part in the event represent every corner of the state, including:

  • 61 Local of Brooklyn
  • Adirondack Distilling Co of Utica
  • Baron Nahmias of Yonkers
  • Black Button Distilling of Rochester
  • Bouquet of Mattituck
  • Breuckelen Distilling of Brooklyn
  • Bronx Brewery of Bronx
  • Brooklyn Brew Shop of Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Oenology of Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Spirits of Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Winery of Brooklyn
  • Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery of Washingtonville
  • Cocktail Crate of Astoria
  • Coney Island Brewing Co of Brooklyn
  • Cooperstown Distillery of Cooperstown
  • The Flagship Brewing Company of Staten Island
  • Gravity Ciders of Walton
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing of Peconic
  • Hetta Glogg of Rhinebeck
  • Industry City Distillery of Brooklyn
  • Kaneb Orchards of Massena
  • KAS Sprits of Mahopac
  • KelSo Beer Company of Brooklyn
  • Kombrewcha of Brooklyn
  • Lakewood Vineyards of Watkins Glen
  • McKenzies Hard Cider of West Seneca
  • Millbrook Vineyards & Winery of Millbrook
  • Morris Kitchen of Brooklyn
  • The Noble Experiment NYC of Brooklyn
  • New York Distilling Company of Brooklyn
  • Original Sin Cider of New York
  • Osprey's Dominion of Peconic
  • Owl's Brew of Brooklyn
  • Palaia Vineyards & Winery of Highland Mills
  • Palmer Vineyards of Riverhead
  • Paumanok Vineyards of Aquebogue
  • Point Of The Bluff Vineyards of Keuka Park
  • Proof Of Concept, LLC of Brooklyn
  • Raphael Vineyard of Peconic
  • Red Hook Winery of Brooklyn
  • Rooftop Reds of Brooklyn
  • Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn
  • Standard Spirit of Brooklyn
  • Transmitter Brewing of Long Island City
  • Van Brunt Stillhouse of Brooklyn
  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate of Wilson
  • Waters Crest Winery of Cutchogue
  • Whitecliff Vineyard of Gardiner
  • The White Moustache of Brooklyn

“CHEERS NY will be an event un­like any Brooklyn has ever seen, full of amazing drinks and food and great music,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “New York State and Brooklyn have so much to offer, in terms of high-quality craft beverages and food, that there's no way any attendee will be disap­pointed. Thank you to ESD and Taste NY -- it's an honor to be selected by the state as the only chamber of commerce to produce a large-scale downstate event, right here in Brooklyn. We look forward to CHEERS NY's lon­gevity as an annual tradition in the borough.”

Governor Cuomo launched the Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program to provide matching grants to help raise the profile and increase sales of New York State-produced wine, beer, spirits, and ciders.  Grants can help purchase advertising and marketing materials, and incorporate the Governor’s Taste NY initiative.  The funding is provided by Empire State Development in coordination with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Since the Governor took office, the craft beverage industry has grown exponentially. Today, New York State is home to more than 800 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. The State ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production, second in apple production, third in distilleries and is home to the three of the top 20 producing craft breweries in the country.  Just last weekend, a number of New York State craft brewers and a homebrewer brought home medals earned at one of the nation's top beer competitions, the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado.


The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to present CHEERS NY, a first-of-its-kind craft beverage festival and trade show in Industry City, Brooklyn on October 2nd to 4th, 2015. Sample tastings from New York State beer, wine, spirits, and cider producers, eat your way through the Brooklyn Eats™ marketplace, and enjoy drinks at the outdoor beer hall. CHEERS NY is produced in partnership with the State of New York through Empire State Development and the Taste NY program.

About Taste NY:

Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events such as the New York Wine & Food Festival, and the Great New York State Fair, as well as special events with the New York Racing Association. The program has also opened stores at highway rest stops and transportation hubs, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe.

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