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State sees connection between agriculture and alcohol

Max Oswald, N.E. Regional Sales Manager, pours a sample in the tasting room of the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company behind 3 locally brewed beers Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Max Oswald, N.E. Regional Sales Manager, pours a sample in the tasting room of the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company behind 3 locally brewed beers Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
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In the past, New York state has focused on the regulation of alcoholic beverages, limiting where and how they could be sold. These days, like someone who’s had a couple, it has loosened up, with small distilleries the latest beneficiary. Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law allowing them to hold tastings and sell their spirits not only on the premises, as before, but at the New York State Fair, county agricultural fairs ...

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