In the past, liquor could only be sold in specialized stores, bars, and the distilleries themselves. Now, a new law is changing that. Farm distilleries will soon be allowed to sample and sell their products at farmer's markets and fairs, giving them the same opportunities that wineries have. Our Cara Thomas has more.
UTICA, N.Y. -- Creating liquors, vodka, gin, or bourbon is a craft that the Adirondack Distilling Company is bringing to Utica, by using locally grown products to create their spirits.
"Craft distilleries are kind of where micro breweries were 30 years ago, it's a burgeoning industry," Steve Cox, Adirondack Distilling Company Co-founder.
Buying their distillery only one year ago, the owners said they are still in the process of getting on their feet. In just a few weeks they will be ready to start selling their product, and a new state law will help them reach a wider clientele. The new legislation will allow distilleries to not only sell their products to liqour stores and bars, but also be able to sample and sell their liquors at farmer's markets and fairs.
"It opens a vast new market for us to sell our product in, and it ties it right in with the farm nature of the product," Cox said.
But, local distilleries aren't the only ones excited about this new legislation. Farmer's markets vendors said they think it's a great idea.
"There's already wineries that are allowed to sell at markets and bringing the beer and distillers into it, just brings a brand new faction into the market," said Denise Szarek, farmer's market vendor.
Tom Zeumbrzuski, another farmer's market vendor, added, "I think this is all a good idea and I'm happy that it might be here at one of these farmers markets. Anything they can do to promote these local ventures I think is a good idea."
And, while the vendors said they love the variety of products being sold at farmer's markets, some are a bit hesitant to what liquor sales may bring.
"As long as it isn't abused, and they monitor it very well, so that teenagers and things don't get into having problems," said Michael Candella, a farmer's market vendor.
Distillers said many of the current laws and regulations for liquor distilleries date back to prohibition, and they're hoping to change that. They said this new law is definitely a step in the right direction.