new york craft beer brooklyn brewery The state is hopes to spur growth of New York's craft beer industry with the formation of the first NY Craft Brewer Workshop.
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The state is looking to spur the growth of New York's craft beer industry.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday the formation of the first-ever NY Craft Brewer Workshop to recommend ways to continue the expansion of the industry. The workshop will include those in the craft beverage industry, as well as people in the agricultural sector and state government.

"New York's craft beer industry has seen tremendous growth in the past four years — and we plan to keep the momentum going," Cuomo said in a statement.


There are now 100 microbreweries in New York, a 150 percent increase from 20122, according to Cuomo's office. The number of restaurant brewers has also increased to 26 from 10 in 2011.

Steve Hindy, co-founder of the Brooklyn Brewery, and June Russell, of GrowNYC, are part of the workgroup.

The group aims to improve coordination and communication throughout all aspects of New York's craft brew industry, as well as identify emerging needs such as research on new varieties of hops and barley.

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