New York State is quite large, I mean, it's huge. NYC is only a tiny part of the big state and Brooklyn artisans comprise such a small percentage. So we decided to venture to Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, NY. In fact, there is a growth of local (i.e. NY) made spirits and wines that rival those from overseas.
We were lucky enough to get a private tour from our friend Michael who told us all about whiskey and how it's made. The end result is pretty amazing. If you don't believe me, pick up a bottle of Hudson Whiskey and maybe some Half Moon Orchard Gin and Indigenous Vodka.
The best way to get there is to rent a car from NYC and take I-87N all the way to Gardiner. It is about an hour and 45 minutes away from the city, but the drive and the vibe in this quaint upstate town is pretty chill.
We enjoyed some good food and cocktails at the Tuthill House at the Mill after our tour. Needless to say, we got pretty tipsy, petted the fat cat named Bourbon and had a blast!