A distilling license in New York State allows someone to manufacture liquor through the process of distillation or redistillation.
Before you can start distilling your own liquor, you'll have to meet complex, often changing legal requirements.
The process to apply for a distilling license in New York State is not easy, and can take a lot of time. But it doesn't have to.
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How to Apply for a Distilling License in New York State
The process to apply for a distilling license in New York State includes a long list of requirements. All of these requirements must be met.
Some, but not necessarily all, of the requirements to get a distilling license in NY include:
- Establishing and documenting the exact location where distillation activities will take place,
- Meeting requirements for wholesale (there is also a federal application for wholesale we can assist you with) or retail liquor sales, depending on the type of distilling business you plan on opening,
- Meeting requirements to authorize the sale of New York state labelled liquor to licensed wineries, cideries and farm breweries
- Fulfilling requirements to operate a rectifying plant,
- Documenting production capacity for the appropriate distilling license class that you're applying for,
- Completing the necessary paperwork to legally combine alcohol, spirits, wine or beer,
- Completing the necessary paperwork to legally manufacture gin and cordials via redistillation,
- Properly documenting the exact types of alcohol that your distilling business will produce, such as fruit brandy, wine, gin or other types of liquor
- Completing applications to sell liquor at retail for personal use in sealed containers, if applicable,
- Finishing applications authorizing tastings or retail sales on or off premises,
- Establishing proof that the distilling license holder will not perform retail sales via letter, telephone, fax or email,
- Establishing proof that an employee of the distilling license holder will be physically present at all times during liquor tastings,
- Fulfilling the necessary requirements to operate a restaurant, hotel, catering business or other food and drink establishment,
- Documenting capabilities to satisfy minimum manufacturing capacity requirements,
- and more
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Which Type of Distilling License in NY Do You Need?
Additionally, there are different types of distilling licenses in New York. Each different type of distilling license allows for different types of business to be conducted.
For example, a class A-1 distilling license will allow you to manufacture and sell liquor. However, if you want to produce wine, beer or gin, you will need a class B distilling license.
Looking to specialize in fruit brandy production? You'll have a whole different set of requirements with a class C distilling license.
If you want to sell liquor to or on the premises of a farm, then you'll need a farm distilling license.
Overwhelmed By Distilling License Regulations or the Application Process?
There is so much to keep in mind when applying for a distilling license in New York State. If you don't take care of every single detail for the specific type of distilling license you're applying for, you risk being rejected and having to start the whole process all over again.
Applying for a distilling license on your own can take several months to get approved, if you can manage to get approved at all.
New York State Liquor Authority Consulting makes it fast and easy to get approved for a distilling license in New York State. Our staff of former Liquor Authority officials have helped thousands of people get approved for a distilling license.
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