The Village Voice: “Catskill Distilling Company’s Extraordinary Spirits”


Village Voice: Catskill Distilling #2

The 10 Best Distilleries in NYC(ish)

“2. Catskill Distilling Company, 2037 State Route 17B, Bethel Catskill Distilling Company just keeps raking in awards for its Most Righteous bourbon, Peace vodka, Curious gin, grappa, and buckwheat spirit. A farm distillery located in Sullivan County–a stone’s throw away from the grounds of the Woodstock Music Festival–owner and distiller Dr. Monte Sachs continues to put his heart and soul into making these fine New York spirits, an art he learned in Italy. The distillery is open for tours and you can chill at the bar next door, Dancing Cat Saloon, for more tastes and local brews.” Read more.

Catskill Distilling Company in Hudson Valley Wine Magazine

Hudson Valley Wine Magazine produces a color spread on the Catskill Distilling Company, its history, line of spirits and awards. Read more.

Grappa, Buckwheat excel at spirits challenge

The Times-Herald Record reports on yet more awards for the Catskill Distilling Company line, this time for the grappa and buckwheat. Read more.

A medal for Curious Gin

The 50 Best give Catskill Distilling Company another award for one of our spirits, this time a silver for Curious Gin, which it describes as, among other things, “spicy, clean, fresh, balanced.” For more go

Peace, Love and Vodka – Dave’s Travel Corner does a piece on The Distillery

“Directly across the road from where Woodstock took place lies the Catskill Distilling Company. If you’re a fan of strong drink you are in for a treat, because this is where they make the award winning, appropriately named Catskill Mountain Peace Vodka. Visitors can tour the distillery and meet its passionate owner, Monte Sachs, before moving on to the main affair, the tasting” Read more

Catskill Distilling Company Named Founding Member of Hudson Valley Food Beverage Alliance

“‘Like other food and beverage companies, we understand the challenges and rewards of working in this industry, and we’re very pleased to give back to the community by joining the Food & Beverage Alliance,’ said Dr. Monte Sachs, distiller and owner of Catskill Distilling Company.” Read More

“Hello Moonshine” From Dirt Magazine Mar 6 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.

From DIRT MAGAZINE — Healthy Living form the Ground Up

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