For all our touting of buying local — produce, meats, clothes and other goods whenever possible — buying local spirits is something that never really occurred to us. Sure, we’re big fans of microbrews, especially those from Cooperstown and Troy. But whisky?
Well, we stand corrected. Tuthilltown, in Gardiner, has revived the tradition of small batch brewing in New York State (a forgotten art since before Prohibition). Hudson Baby Bourbon is distilled from New York corn, their vodka is distilled from local apples and the whiskey from grain grown down the road.
Their tasting room is open Thursday through Monday and they offer weekend tours with a reservation.
Berkshire Mountain Distillery has developed a reputation for its high quality Greylock Gin, its Ice Glen Vodka and Ragged Mountain Rum. All are crafted in small batches using local spring waters. Located in Great Barrington, the distillery opened in 2007, the first in the Berkshires since Prohibition.
Berkshire Mountain also distills an excellent bourbon and a corn whiskey, both of which employ corn grown by a local farmer.
Warwick Winery and Distillery, in Warwick, specializes in fruit brandies. Doc’s Draft Hard Cider, made from local fruits, can be dry (apple or pear) or sweet (framboise or raspberry). Warwick also offers tastings year round in their tasting room.