The Carey Institute for Global Good is leading regional agricultural economic development by providing support services to stimulate and advance New York State’s budding farm-to-glass industry. In addition to providing classroom opportunities for farmers to increase regional production of hops and malt grains, and demonstrating sustainable brewing practices, the Carey Institute for Global Good will launch a Farm Brewery Incubator in the summer of 2014 to provide start-up support services to emerging farm breweries.
The Farm Brewery Incubator will provide brewing space, brewing and recipe development assistance, licensing assistance, supply-chain planning support, and business planning support to start-up farm breweries in New York State. Incubees will work with our Farm Brew Mentor to complete their farm brewery licensing, purchase appropriate insurances, procure New York State-grown ingredients, create and optimize distinctive brew recipes featuring New York State ingredients, develop a marketing and distribution plan, connect with business lenders, and cultivate a sustainable business model that enables new brewers to leverage into their own facility upon graduation. The Helderberg Brewshed will also provide a place to research, develop and test distinctive brew recipes featuring New York State ingredients and flavor profiles.
In addition to promoting the development of new businesses, this program introduces a tremendous opportunity to connect regional farmers with emerging farm breweries to supply brewing ingredients, including locally grown hops, malt grains and other specialty crops used for craft beverage production.