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Oneonta Daily Star: "Area brewers say bottle-bill flaws could end them"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Blind Bat Brewery only sells beer in New York, so my business is not directly affected by this bottle bill. However, I'm a fan of the beer from the
Cooperstown Brewing Company (love that Benchwarmer Porter), so this really alarms me:

From The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY)
May 16, 2009
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If New York's new bottle law takes effect June 1 as planned, the Cooperstown Brewing Co. may go out of business.

"The law's a nightmare, and there's no way I can comply," said President Stan Hall, whose brewery is home to Old Slugger and other beers.
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Breweries and other beverage makers would have to keep separate inventories and records for products sold in New York. New labeling equipment would cost thousands of dollars, he said, and sorting beers by destination would be grossly inefficient.

"We sell beer in Florida, Massachusetts and other places, but we don't know in advance how much is going where," Hall said. "Requirements like this are just going to kill small brewers."

Other brewers, both in state and out, have voiced similar complaints, saying the labeling requirement is unworkable.

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