Craft distilleries

Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing to reverse job cuts in the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB. The bureau has cut their number of alcohol inspectors by 10%, and Schumer says these cuts have a direct effect on the small businesses that make up an expanding craft distillery and brewing industry throughout New York State.

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As people increasingly stray from mass-produced products, demand is growing for locally produced food, wine and beer. In upstate New York this trend is spilling over into the field of craft distilleries, and the state is seeing a comeback of the small, artisan liquor operations of the pre-prohibition era.

From the Adirondacks, to the Hudson Valley, and down to New York City, dozens of micro-distilleries are popping up.