In DIRT MAGAZINE – Healthy Living form the Ground Up

 In DIRT MAGAZINE – Healthy Living form the Ground Up

Hello moonshine


PUBLISHED MAR 6, 2012 AT 6:01 AM (UPDATED MAR 19, 2012)

 New York, while it’s no Kentucky, has become an unlikely bit player in the whiskey game. With 28 from Brooklyn to Lake Placid, New York now ranks behind only California in the number of distilled spirit producers. Before the advent of the craft distilling license, no one in New York had (legal) plans to become a professional distiller. That means that behind every distillery you’ll find an adaptable personality and a singular creation story. Monte Sachs, make that Doctor Monte Sachs, was a horse veterinarian in his other life. He’d been instilled with a passion for distilling as a side effect of his education at the Medicina Veterinaria at the University of Pisa, Italy. Friends owned vineyards and the making of grappa (distilled from the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems of grapes) beguiled him. When he heard about the change in the liquor law, Sachs called on master distiller and Bourbon Hall of Famer Lincoln Henderson of Lexington, Kentucky, known for developing Jack Daniels. The result is the Catskill Distilling Company, just off a rural straightaway on the two-lane highway Route 17B in western Sullivan County. Across the driveway is the affiliated restaurant and pub, The Dancing Cat Saloon. A mile away, the monument at the edge of Max Yasgur’s former alfalfa field marks where Woodstock happened in 1969. The scent that shrouds the south entryway to Catskill Distilling Company is that of a softly pungent bread on a foggy spring morning. It’s the low, sweet and warm and not altogether unpleasant smell of grain cooking.Sachs’ reverence for the craft earned a nod of approval last September when Cornell University held its two-day artisan distilling workshop at the Catskill Distilling Company. Distillers from Canada to Nepal attended. This summer, the distillery released its first product in the form of Peace Vodka, debuting on Aug. 14, the 42nd anniversary of Woodstock. Already, the product has spin-offs. Peace Vodka figures into the penne alla vodka served in the Dancing Cat Saloon. And a German bakery in nearby Jeffersonville makes Bear Trap Truffles, infusing the chocolate with Peace Vodka and honey from a local farm. When Sachs starts making whiskey, the bakers plan to make a bourbon bread from his mash.



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