Due to a series of issues with licensing, grabbing a glass of beer or wine before a flight hasn’t been an option at Stewart International, the small airport in New York’s Hudson Valley, operated since 2007 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Thankfully, the situation has changed.
Now passengers may purchase not just soft drinks and water at the Quiznos and Euro Cafe outlets operated by Hudson Group at SWF, but a selection of regional and imported beer and wine as well, according to Tom Kornacki, Hudson’s Senior Vice President, Food & Beverage.
“A lot of people like to have a little libation before they take off. Now they can have wine from the famous Brotherhood Winery in nearby Washingtonville, New York, as well as bottled beer from Brooklyn Lager Company, Sam Adams and Stella Artois.”
Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest winery, is only seven miles from Stewart International Airport and fits well, said Kornacki, with the Port Authority and Hudson’s goal of bringing more local products to the airport.
“The airport serves about 400,000 passenger a year now, but as traffic grows and they succeed in adding international flights to and from Canada and Europe we hope to modify our license so we can also sell regional wines and beers in a store featuring a wide variety of local products.”