<> Delmar meadery is first with farm license | The Daily Gazette
 

Subscriber login

Business

Delmar meadery is first with farm license

Delmar meadery is first with farm license

Albany County craft beverage producer is the first state-licensed farm meadery to produce mead from New York honey
Delmar meadery is first with farm license
Royal Meadery owner Greg Wilhelm at the meadery and tasting room in Richmondville.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

ALBANY — An Albany County craft beverage producer is the first state-licensed farm meadery to produce mead from New York honey, state officials said Thursday.

Royal Meadery in Delmar is owned and operated by Gregory Wilhelm, a beekeeper and brewer. Royal is the first beneficiary of a measure signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last December that created a farm meadery license similar to the farm licenses that already existed for breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries.

The farm meadery license gives producers advantages such as the ability to sell their products (and any other craft beverage produced in state) by the glass or bottle from their manufacturing facilities or their tasting rooms.

These licenses — along with tax cuts and modernization of regulations — have helped fuel a boom in the state’s craft beverage sector: 236 farm breweries have opened since the farm brewery law took effect in 2013. The Capital Region alone has gained 85 craft beverage producers, Cuomo’s office noted.

It said the state ranks first in the nation for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft distillers, third in breweries, and fourth for the total number of wineries.

View Comments
Hide Comments
0 premium 1 premium 2 premium 3 premium article articles remaining SUBSCRIBE TODAY
Thank you for reading. You have reached your 30-day premium content limit.
Continue to enjoy Daily Gazette premium content by becoming a subscriber or if you are a current print subscriber activate your online access.