City of Rensselaer passes resolution to attract craft beverage producers to city

Rensselaer pledges to a “one-stop-shop” approach to attract craft beverage manufacturers

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2018) — The City of Rensselaer has passed a resolution at the Oct. 17 Common Council meeting, declaring the city as a hub for craft beverage production and pledges to streamline municipal services to benefit producers that seek to locate within Rensselaer.

The craft beverage industry has experienced exponential growth in New York State. As of 2018, there are currently more than 1,000 craft beverage producers, according to the New York State Liquor Authority. Within the Capital Region, more than 50 producers — ranging from breweries, meaderies, wineries, cideries, and distillers — make their home right in this region.

“Whereas the state and the federal government have made it easier for craft beverage producers to do business, local governments have not been as cooperative in terms of permitting, zoning, and other municipal needs,” said Daniel J. Dwyer, Mayor of the City of Rensselaer. “We are pledging, as a city, to work to make life easier for prospective beverage producers to come into our city, expand our tax base, create jobs, and craft Rensselaer as a destination for breweries, cideries, distilleries, meaderies, and wineries to call home.”

In close proximity to Downtown Albany and near both I-787 and I-90, Rensselaer is a crossroads community that can handle and harness the potential of what craft beverage manufacturing can do for a municipality. Given the city’s strength in being home to Amtrak’s ninth-busiest station in the country, producers will have a captive audience as soon as they disembark off the trains on East Street.

“The Common Council of the City of Rensselaer is committed to attracting craft beverage manufacturing, retail opportunities and distribution within the city,” said Richard Mooney, President of the Common Council of the City of Rensselaer. “We’re proud to have introduced and passed this resolution and it is our sincere hope that producers will look to Rensselaer as a community of opportunity.”

“The City of Rensselaer is well positioned to become a beacon of success for any craft beverage producers who decides to make this their permanent home,” said Charles Moore, director of Planning and Department for City of Rensselaer. “Given our central location in New York’s Capital Region, rich historic architecture, and local government cooperation, Rensselaer presents an excellent opportunity for craft beverage producers.”

Potential locations in the city include the former Hilton Center property near the boat launch, as well as deLaet’s Landing on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, among prospective opportunities.

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About the City of Rensselaer. Situated on the Banks of the Hudson, the City of Rensselaer is a small city with a rich history and a wide potential for future growth. With direct access to locations like New York City, Boston, and Montreal, the city is at a crossroads of industry and innovation. Its proximity to the Hudson River Waterfront and breathtaking views of Albany lends itself to an experience that combines metropolitan living with a close-knit sense of community. The 9,400 residents in Rensselaer are increasing every day, with the population growing 21 percent from 2000 to 2010. Rensselaer has cemented its historical legacy as one of the Capital Region’s most important centers of trade and commerce for over 375 years, beginning as a railroad town and transitioning into a modern, professional, and accessible Transit Village.