Theses Master's

Local Booze and Brews: An Examination of the Microbrewery and Craft Distillery Industries in New York City

Dowler, Danielle E.

This study examines the microbrewery and craft distillery industries in New York City. Current state legislation passed suggests that this industry is growing, and more needs to be implemented to foster its growth. This study asks whether the microbrewery and craft distillery industry is growing within New York City, and whether there is a cluster forming which may provoke New York City to activate local legislative initiatives. The purpose of this thesis is threefold: first, to examine industry trends in NYC and the metro-area since the reemergence of microbreweries in the 1990s to present day, and the reappearance of craft distilleries in 2004 to present day; second, to analyze the effect of City and State policy on breweries/distilleries in NYC; and to further the academic conversation about economic localism and urban agglomeration economies in terms of production and distribution within the city boundaries. This thesis includes spatial analysis which identifies the significance of spatial patterns, interviews of microbrewery and craft distillery owners, and descriptive economic analysis (percent change). The interviews of the microbrewery and craft distillery owners add a qualitative layer to the data and add to the identification of factors and perceptions of legislative intervention. The economic analysis serves to identify the growth of this industry over time. The study serves as a thorough examination of a growing niche sector and will add to the current academic discourse regarding the formation of industry clusters.

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Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Sutton, Stacey Ann
M.S., Columbia University
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June 11, 2013