CLIFTON PARK, NY (NEWS10) – Governor Kathy Hochul has said takeout alcohol will be allowed in the state again for bars and restaurants. However, some alcohol producers do not clink glasses on this announcement.
Governor Kathy Hochul posted “Cheers to New York” on social media on Wednesday. During the state of the state, she offered a new round of take-out liquor privileges.
His plans are to reinstate New York’s take-out alcohol option that was instituted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Matt Jager, the owner of Yankee Distillers, the news makes him feel a little bitter.
“We were excited when we heard the words bars and restaurants come out of Governor Hochul’s mouth on Wednesday. We were just disappointed when agricultural producers or agricultural distillers did not come out of its mouth after that, ”Jager said.
Jager says the proposal misses the hundreds of agricultural stills, cider houses, meadows and breweries in New York state who benefited from this allocation during the height of the pandemic.
“It’s actually insulting that we’ve been left on the list of bars and restaurants that are going to have these privileges returned,” Jager said.
Matt Jager, the owner of Yankee Distillers has a tasting room in Clifton Park. It serves 100% New York-produced spirits as specialty cocktails to its customers.
Many of these producers have tasting rooms that sell drinks made from New York farm produce and have been for a year and a half.
But unlike your local brewery, tavern, or chain restaurant, Jager won’t be able to sell their take-out drinks.
“I tie our success to the success of these farmers, to the success of New York farming, which is why it’s particularly insulting,” Jager said.
“It is just blatantly unfair,” said NYS Assembly member Patricia Fahy.
MP Fahy has been at the forefront of the fight for the return of take-out alcohol.
She says it’s a vital lifeline for this industry, including agricultural distilleries.
“It’s responsible consumption and it’s only two drinks with a given order. It’s very responsible and it needs to be sealed. It is about helping an industry that is on the back and needs help. ”
There is no immediate date set for the take-out liquor return, but as restaurants and bars see it as a victory, Jager will continue to fight.
“It means we still have time to fight, so that’s really our message. There’s still a chance to get that across, we just need to make a stench,” Jager said.