NYS Liquor Authority News

  • State Denies Liquor License For Store Near Rehab

    The State Liquor Authority (SLA) gave a firm thumbs-down last week to an application by an Astoria businessman who planned to open a liquor store next to a veterans’ rehabilitation center. The state agency told Xiao Wang, who proposed opening Vernon Wine & Liquor, Inc. at 8-23 Astoria Boulevard, to find another location. Wang was planning to open the store next door to Reality House, a nonprofit outpatient rehabilitation facility that treats veterans with alcohol and substance abuse addictions.

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  • SCOTUS To Hear Case That Could Make It Easier To Buy Wine From Out Of State

    By Doug Mataconis Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that could make it easier to order and ship wine from out-of-state retailers. Later this week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case involving interstate shipment of wine that could go a long way toward making it easier for Americans to order wines not generally available in their part of the country and have them shipped to their homes: With just a few clicks on my computer or phone, I can order a ra

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  • Craft beer predictions: What lies ahead in 2019?

    By Will Cleveland, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle We saw truly historic growth in the upstate beer scene in 2018. There is no reason to believe the coming year won't bring more of the same. I've said it repeatedly, but we're spoiled — there really has never been a better time to be a local beer nerd. I reached out to nearly all of the craft beverage contacts in my phone and asked them a simple question: What do think will happen in the craft beer industry in 2019 — whether it be at your brew

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  • Ex-codes officer charged in long-running Finger Lakes bar dispute

    By Don Cazentre BARRINGTON, NY -- It’s a beer drama that never seems to end. It’s been four years since an upscale food market overlooking Keuka Lake attempted to add a beer tap room and deck to its offerings. The Olney Place, on Route 54 in the Yates County town of Barrington, waged an ultimately successful legal battle with town officials and the State Liquor Authority, and even persuaded town voters to overturn a partial ban on alcohol sales. The taps began pouring beer last spring. Now, t

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  • Craft Beer Looks Beyond ‘Young White Dudes With Beards’

    By Dave Infante Faced with slowing sales growth, some brewers are looking to reach a new, more diverse audience. Thousands of craft beer brewers across the country have a problem: Sales are slowing, tastes are changing and stiff competition is coming from new directions. Wine and spirits have cut into market share. Cannabis deregulation looms. Despite a dozen years of growth in the industry, some people in the business are wondering aloud if the “post-craft” era is nigh, and some are embracin

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