Craft beer industry soars in area, in NY

April 17, 2015 1:22 AM

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ALBANY – The craft beer industry in New York grew 59 percent between 2013 and 2014 as loosened regulations have led to a surge in new breweries, cideries and wineries, a report Thursday found.

The report funded by the state Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation showed that the number of craft breweries more than doubled from 2012 to January 2015: 95 breweries to 207 breweries. It's led production to jump 54 percent, to 859,535 barrels last year.

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