2012 was an exciting year for New York city’s craft beer community. The city saw three new breweries: Rockaway, Singlecut (below), and Bridge and Tunnel open in Queens while the city’s breweries came together to create the New York City Brewer’s Guild. From beyond the city limits, Newburgh Brewing opened and Long Island’s Spider Bite, Port Jeff, and Long Ireland have started to appear in and around the city. Definitely an exciting time for expanding beer options.
For the first time since 2007 there was no NYC Craft Beer Week in September, it has been taken over by the Brewer’s Guild and was moved to February.
The Good Beer Seal designation was extended to eight new bars including Adobe Blues and Killmeyers on Saten Island, bringing the seal to all five boroughs.
A spirited debate arose over the loss of a tax exemption for small brewers that would have cost them thousands of dollars. Eventually Governor Cuomo signed legislation that gave credits to offset much of the tax burden.
Small brewers across the state banded together to help one another recover from Hurricane Sandy. Barrier Brewing (damage pictured below) in particular was helped by Long Island brewers who brewed Surge Protector IPA and Brewery Ommegang who helped them brew Barrier Relief Ale at their Brewery in Cooperstown.
On a personal note, we at BeerUnion would like to thank all of your, our readers. We transitioned from a blog to a full-blown website this year, and we couldn’t have done it without you! Here’s to an exciting 2013!