Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, along with Director of Ulster County Tourism Rick Remsnyder, visited Keegan Ales in Kingston to unveil a new tourism video that showcases the increasingly popular craft beverage industry throughout Ulster County.  The sector has grown in recent years resulting in Ulster County being a popular tourism destination for those interested in craft beer, hard cider, wine tasting and distillery tours.

According to the press release, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stated that there is a 'wonderful collection of breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, all of which produce high quality beverages' In addition, 'they also contribute to our vibrant tourism industry by hosting festivals, combining food offering with tastings and tours, and providing beautiful outdoor spaces for picnics while visitors enjoy time spent with friends and family'

Ulster County’s craft beverage industry has seen tremendous growth over the past five years with the number of producers doubling during that time, and Ulster County is now home to over 26 craft beverage producers, according to the Office of the Ulster County Executive.  Statewide, there are over 600 producers that have a collective annual economic impact of $27 billion on New York’s economy.  New York ranks third in wine production across the United States.