As of today, microbreweries in New York gain the right to break contracts with their distributors without cause. I know many have complained of beer freshness problems stemming from distributor practices, so this may be good news, if anything changes as a result. Link: http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/laws-taking-effect-january-1-2013 Governor Cuomo seems like a BA. NY is even going to allocate some money to promote craft breweries in the state. I used to work at a brewpub in NJ whose owner was instrumental in getting legislation passed to allow breweries to sell their product on site (thus allowing brewpubs to exist), and I heard the state has now finally decided to allow them to package it for sale in stores (you could only do two out of three before), though I did not confirm this. Any other good news for beer on the legal front as we start 2013? Are there laws in your area that are being passed in support of beer? Against it? Antiquated, unreasonable, or unfair laws that you think ought to be changed? Legal battles ongoing?