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New York's beer, wine, cider and distilling industries are marking another year of growth.

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New York is seeing big increases in the number of local breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says Monday the number of alcohol producers in the state has doubled since 2011, reflecting the national trend favoring craft beverages.

The number of microbreweries has increased from 40 in 2011 to 104 this year. The state also has 57 new farm breweries and nearly 100 new farm wineries. The state now offers incentives to breweries and wineries that rely on locally produced ingredients.

    

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American hard cider is making a comeback. There are many high hopes for the industry, which has gotten the welcome mat from New York's chief executive.

A new law that will take effect early next year creates a new type of license for farm cider-making operations. Sonya del Peral    is manager of Albany's Nine Pin Cider Works Company.

She agrees with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who believes that the farm cider operations, which can sell other products such as jams and souvenirs, will promote tourism and help New York agriculture.