In this newsletter, I wanted to take a moment to also acknowledge local business that are also doing their part to support this budding new industry.
Today I would like to especially acknowledge Tuttles Bar, Grill and Garden located at 735 2nd Ave, New York NY 10016. Please visit them and enjoy a cocktail made with New York State spirits, from their “New York Cocktails” section. I promise. You wouldn’t be disappointed!
In this photo is the “4 Train” made with vodka from Hudson Valley Distillers.
Thomas Yozzo and Chris Moyer met in 1990 as fraternity brothers at Bloomsburg University. Over the years the two, their wives Jennifer and Jennifer and their families often visited and vacationed together. Invariably they discussed opening a business when Thomas retired from law enforcement.
Over a campfire (with the help of some craft distilled spirits) someone asked why they couldn’t start their own distillery and they never looked back.
In 2013 the two families purchased a small farm and apple orchard in Clermont, NY and named it Spirits Grove Farm.
Their current lineup includes Vodka, Applejack, and “Fine Shine”, all made from local apples. They also have a gin made from New York grapes, and two whiskeys, one made from a locally produced beer and the other from local rye.
Tom Potter is no stranger to new ventures and walking the path less traveled. In 1987, he co-founded Brooklyn Brewery, when the idea of a brewery in Brooklyn was almost unfathomable. Serving as CEO and Chairman of the board, in 2004 he retired from Brooklyn Brewery. As he began to consider starting another venture that would again allow him the opportunity to create a product, this time with his son Bill Potter, he noticed the momentum that was beginning with craft spirits in New York. With this in mind, he began to research distilling.
As fate would have it, a mutual friend of Tom and Allen Katz, instigated a meeting between the three of them, since he was aware of both Tom and Allen‘s desire to open a distillery. Allen and Tom decided to meet and immediately realized that their specific skillsets would make for a great partnership. With that, New York Distilling Company was born.
Before Prohibition more than 1,000 farm distillers produced alcohol from New York grains and fruits. In 2005 Tuthilltown Spirits brought the tradition of small batch spirits production back to the Hudson Valley.
For 220 years Tuthilltown Gristmill, a landmark which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2003, Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee created Tuthilltown Spirits LLC, converting one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery. Two and a half years later, Tuthilltown Spirits produced their first batches of vodka from scraps they collected at a local apple slicing plant.
Today, Tuthilltown Spirits distills Indigenous Vodka from apples grown at orchards less than five miles away and the highly awarded Hudson Whiskey line, using grain harvested by farmers less than ten miles away. The Visitor Center offers guests the opportunity to taste the collection of whiskeys, vodkas, gins, liqueurs, and other unique, handmade spirits.