Small batch craft distilled spirits are personally created and hand-made with love and passion by imaginative entrepreneurs.
Craft distillers generally prefer to use local raw ingredients such as corn, fruits and grains in their products. A New York farm licensed craft distiller also uses local state products as a requirement under their license. This in turn supports local agriculture, creating a new demand for the farmer. In addition to the agriculture benefits, distillers are also utilizing old industrial buildings in their communities. They are awakening real estate that may have been sitting dormant for years, re-purposing defunct structures into unique distilleries and tasting rooms.
Each craft distilled batch is often unique. The small handmade batches are crafted in an atmosphere that allows for creativity and experimentation.
In New York, craft distillers have special tasting room privileges and generally encourage visitors to taste and learn. If available, craft distillery tasting rooms and tours are typically as distinctive as their products and in New York can range from full service sit down cocktails and bar food to a small cozy tasting/merchandise room.
The craft distillery characteristically begins as a small operation, but as it grows tends to employ local people for anything from assisting in the distillery to office management and distribution.
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