The findings mirror those of a poll of breweries nationwide conducted by the Brewers Association earlier this month.
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- Red Girl Rye from Irondequoit Beer Company.
“The overall consensus shows that all regions of NYS have been significantly impacted by this pandemic,” the report reads. “Without more aid from local, state and federal government, this industry may face a severe decline.”
Most breweries are small operations, with an average of 10 full-time and eight part-time employees, according to the association.
Across most metrics, New York breweries are seeing challenges more or less in line with their counterparts nationwide national numbers. For example, roughly 60 percent of New York breweries reported a drop in sales of 75 percent or more, whereas 60 percent of breweries across the country have seen sales plummet 70 percent or more.
Many breweries are now turning to different business models to survive. A quarter of breweries in the Finger Lakes are relying on curbside sales to keep the business afloat, including Rochester area mainstays like Swiftwater and K2 Brothers Brewing.
A little more than a third of responding breweries were in western New York or the Finger Lakes region.
Gino Fanelli is a CITY staff writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.