A Sneak Peek Into Harvest Homestead Farm
Please Excuse Our Appearance While We’re Under Construction
Nearly 100 people visited us on the farm this past weekend on day trips organized by Dutchess County Tourism and Metro-North. It was a beautiful sunny weekend at Harvest Homestead Farm, but it wasn’t exactly your typical distillery visit, mainly because…well… the distillery is still being built! That didn’t stop the busloads of eager travelers who were treated to a guided tour of the property’s historic remnants. From the old spring house and boiler room, over the sprawling tunnel complex, and throughout the cavernous bunker, visitors then made their way to the original bunkhouse site to see our work in progress. With construction crews working tirelessly day in and day out, we’re hoping to have our “barn” up by Thanksgiving! Certainly a lot to be thankful for…
We finished the tour in our “B&B” (that’s Bitters & Brew), a smaller structure we recently completed to test out some of our mash recipes and house the production of our cocktail bitters, our Bitters Making Kits and other “soon-to-be-released” items. Visitors got a chance to learn about our bitters making processes and to taste our products, including a few of those test batches. Now that’s what we call a sneak peek!
We really enjoyed our very first public tour at the farm and the opportunity to offer visitors an inside look into the future of Dutch’s Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm. Building a new distillery on an historic property has been a massive undertaking, but it’s wonderful to see the pieces come together and to be able to share our excitement. We look forward to opening our doors to the public in early Spring 2014 so stay tuned…
Well the votes have been tallied and it looks like Dutch’s Colonial Cocktail Bitters is the winner! In Hudson Valley Magazine’s 2013 Best of The Hudson Valley Awards, Dutch’s Colonial Cocktail Bitters wins Editors’ Pick for Best Way to Elevate Your Home Cocktails. We’d like to thank the voting public who made this possible—we couldn’t be happier!
In other recent press, our Peach Brandy was just listed as one of five brandies to try in Mental Floss Magazine; Ariel Schlein, President and Co-Founder, was interviewed by The Millbrook Independent; Dutch’s Spirits was featured in Tasting Panel Magazine; and we were listed as one of seven spirits companies you should get to know by Liquor.com! The Poughkeepsie Journal also featured us prominently in their coverage of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival.
Well it’s almost that time of year again when our hometown of Pine Plains is in full swing for the annual Future Farmers of America Ag Fair. Thousands of locals and visitors are expected to turn out over the weekend for festivities which include chicken races, tractor pulls, livestock exhibitions, antique car show, corn hole toss, hayrides, and the championship horse pull of course! Don’t miss the fun and be sure to stop by our booth…
October 11th & 12th
Click here for schedule of activities
After you’ve had your fill in Pine Plains, head over to Poughkeepsie for a speakeasy themed cruise along the Hudson River. Dutch’s Spirits has partnered with Empire Cruise Lines for an evening of moonshine mayhem you won’t want to miss!
October 12th, 8pm
Click here for more information and tickets.
We had a blast this summer participating in all types of events and festivals and getting the word out about Dutch’s. Here’s a few of our favorites:
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival
We had a table at the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Fest, and then at the Putnam Wine & Food Fest, but nothing could prepare us for the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival in Rhinebeck. Thousands of visitors flock to this weekend festival each year to sample hundreds of local wineries and food vendors, and check out local companies and artisan crafts. This year, distilleries were welcomed in to the fold (Thanks Governor Cuomo!). Hundreds of folks stopped by our table each day to sample our ‘shine—we could barely keep up! We were also honored to be the exclusive spirit at the Governor’s State to Table Luncheon held at the Fairgrounds on Saturday. Moonshine Bloody Marys anyone?
2013 PGA Championship
At the 2013 PGA Championship held in Rochester this past August, we were thrilled to be a part of the “Taste NY Experience” tent showcasing some of the best local foods, beverages, and agriculture produced in the state. A toast to Jason Dufner for one heck of a performance!
We were thrilled to support our local brewing cousins at the first annual Hudson Valley Hoptember Harvestfest. Presented by Dutchess Hops and Hudson Valley Hops, the event promoted the revitalization of hops cultivation in New York State and attracted hundreds of visitors to sample craft beers from over a dozen local brewers. As the only distillery present, we were happy to complement beer samplings and BBQ tidbits with a splash of ‘shine. Looking forward to next year!
It was a pleasure for us to take part in this year’s Friends of the Farmer Festival and support the FarmOn! Foundation. The festival brought together farmers, growers, specialty food producers, chefs, winemakers and distillers with a clear message in hand: know where your food comes from, meet the people who produce it, and think local. The Foundation raises money for educational programs, scholarships and curriculum which promote agriculture and entrepreneurship studies for Hudson Valley students in an effort to support the next generation of farmers. We’ll drink to that!
We’ve had so many delicious cocktails over the last few months it’s nearly impossible to pick just two! In the end, abc cocina’s Moonshine Mojitos were too hard to resist and Drink More Good’s Colonial Ginger Moon takes our moonshine and our bitters to heavenly proportions—no brainer there.
Created by abc cocina, NYC
2 oz. Dutch’s Sugar Wash Moonshine
10 Mint Leaves
2 Lime Wedges
1 Tbsp. Sugar
Muddle mint, lime, and sugar in pint glass. Combine with shaker full of ice and moonshine. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and pour into highball. Top off with club soda.
The Colonial Ginger Moon
Created by Jason Schuler of Drink More Good, Beacon
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
2 heavy dashes Dutch’s Colonial Cocktail Bitters
½ oz. Drink More Good Ginger Ale Syrup
1½ oz. Sugar Wash Moonshine
4 oz. Seltzer Water
Garnish: Lime wheel
Fill shaker with ice and all ingredients. Shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with Seltzer water and garnish with a lime wheel.
Created a great cocktail using one of our products? Let us know! We’re always looking for new recipes.
Email us at info@DutchsSpirits.com.