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Hillrock Estate Distillery owner Jeff Baker

Terroir in Whiskey? Inside the Quest for Individuality at the Hudson Valley’s Hillrock Estate Distillery

It wasn’t yet midnight, but it was long past sunset in the peat marsh. Two men who looked like deep-sea divers were prepared to use their wetsuits for a new purpose: they would be diving for peat. The decayed vegetation is an...



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StillTheOne Distillery 287 Single Malt Whiskey

Recently on a trip to Empire State Cellars, where I always check out the New York spirits, I picked up the recently released 287 Single Malt Whiskey.  The whiskey is a collaboration between StillTheOne Distillery in Port Ches...



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Still Standing: Finger Lakes Distilling Expands Production

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post, written by Michael Ammermuller a New York Cork Report reader and a western New York-based writer with an interest in beer, wine and spirits.  Driving through the Finger Lakes in th...



Ghostbusters: Dr. Peter Venkman: "Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown... THROW IT!"

New York Spirits Steal the Show at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

Friday night, May 17, was a proud night to be a New Yorker. And it was a proud night to be part of a talented beverage community that calls this fair Empire State home. At 9 p.m., the Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicked off its 2...



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Beach Plum Liqueur: Bringing Brooklyn Back to its Roots

Plums and alcohol have been long-time bedfellows.  The Czechs call it slivovice, the Bosnians call it šljivovica, the Germans Sliwowitz, the Bulgarians сливовица, and the Italians slivovitz.  Be it the myriad of Sl...




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Artisanal Spirits: Forcing People from Their Comfort Zones

People are devoted to their liquor brands.  And often militantly so.  I’ve found that, sometimes, the only way to get them to try a local, artisan spirit is to simply NOT carry their tried-and-true old standbys.  Remov...



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Climbing the Summit: Progress v. Placating in NY’s Wine, Spirits, and Beer Industry

Last Wednesday, I boarded a 7:15 a.m. Amtrak train up to Albany where, along with several hundred winemakers, brewers, distillers, and farmers, I got to sit in on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Wine, Beer, and Spiri...



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New York Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit: Focus on Marketing, Not Fracking or WIGS

When two dozen invited wine industry professionals take their seats at the head table at the New York Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit later this month, they’ll have specific goals in mind. So will Governor Andrew Cuomo, and...



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Hudson Valley Cassis Gets its Own Website

Some of the most exciting beverages coming out of the Hudson Valley these days aren’t been made from grapes, apples or grains.  Nope. Cassis is made using currants, and many of the versions produced in the Hudson Valley ...



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Brooklyn Republic Vodka: Made in Brooklyn…or Missouri?

Now the last thing I’d consider myself is a skeptic… although with each passing day, I do find myself a little more susceptible to my BS meter going off.  Some days its a silent companionship, and other days the th...