Craft beverage industry continues to help boost upstate economy

The craft beverage industry is revitalizing the upstate economy with billions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The nonprofit Syracuse First held its New Economy Summit this week to discuss improving the region's service and craft beverage industry.

Seventy new breweries were created in New York state between 2013 and 2014, adding an additional billion dollars in economic impact. There are 83 farm breweries in the state which received help in getting licenses, thanks to legislation that requires 20 percent of hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients to be grown or produced in New York state.