Bottle Coding - Competition To Help Brewers Start Businesses

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Bottle Coding - Competition To Help Brewers Start Businesses

Bottle Coding - Competition To Help Brewers Start Businesses

Recently it was announced that a competition sponsored by Livingston County Development would invest $600,000 in four new breweries in an effort to create an instant craft brewing trail in the county.  According to news reports, the number of craft brewers on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has increased from 24 to more than 100 over the last five years.
 
To demonstrate the tremendous growth in the craft brewing industry, in 2014 the industry contributed nearly $56 billion to the U.S. economy as reported by the Brewers Association.  The association also indicated that in that same year, craft brewers in New York State alone contributed nearly $3 billion in economic output.  It seems that for beer lovers in Livingston County, the pickings aren't so great.  A single brewery, Dublin Corners Farm Brewery in Linwood, is the only one currently in Finger Lakes, an issue the county believes is worth solving.  Bill Bacon, Livingston County's director of economic development, feels that there should be more craft brewers along the trail.
 
The competition will leave four winners with prizes of more than $600,000 which will hopefully help the winners in starting up their own craft breweries.  Bacon said that craft brewing has been a "hot ticket" around New York, and believes there are many people who participate in home brewing.  He's hoping the competition will bring out those who are ready to make the move to manufacturing or full-time brewing.  
 
Scheduled for 2017, the winners will likely receive equal prize packages which will include low interest loans, grant funds, and business coaching sessions among other incentives.  Much of the competition is currently in the planning stages.
 
The county has developed a 10-question survey which is designed to help inform its grant application.  Bacon hopes that the competition will give those interested in craft brewing that little "push" they need to forge ahead with manufacturing or full-time brewing.
 

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