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A little more help for craft beverages

New York has made life a little easier for craft beverage companies. Three new laws signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo ease burdens on microbreweries, farm distilleries and retail enterprises engaged in the craft-beverage business. Under the retail-focused law, retail outlets that sell beer, cider and liquor are now authorized to conduct tastings without the manufacturer or wholesaler being present, overturning previous laws requiring the participation of a representative of the craft-beverage-maker. State Sen. Carl Marcellino…