By Raphael Beretta and Francesca Furey
West Park; 845.834.6007
Housed in an 1800s-era Italian-style manor on 27 acres, this newly opened craft distillery serves up small-batch Black Creek Bourbon and Black Creek Rye. Grab a seat on the expansive deck for a tasting and take in the breathtaking Hudson view; you can also order wine, beer, and seasonal bites from the bar. Look forward to future blends including a bourbon made with local maple syrup, and a unique cinnamon whiskey. FYI: Once a particular blend is sold out, it’s sold out; each release is a limited run.
This family-run distillery creates uncommon blends with fresh, local ingredients. Their newest offering is the Red Hook Rye Whiskey (distilled from 100% NY grains) and nicknamed the “smooth operator,” for its balanced flavor profile of sweetness, a smoky palate, and nutty aroma. But, we’re partial to the award-winning Applejack, a twist on Irish whiskey that’s distilled from local apples and aged in white oak barrels. It’s a uniquely Hudson Valley spirit with notes of vanilla, spice, and cinnamon. So basically, it’s a fall staple!
In 2015, David and Dorit Nahmias launched Nahmias et Fils to produce mahia, a fig-based Moroccan eau de vie (a clear fruit brandy that’s Morocco’s national spirit). Since then, the duo expanded their distilling to include Legs Diamond, an organic whiskey line named after the infamous bootlegger and gangster who frequented the Hudson Valley during Prohibition. The line includes bourbon, rye whiskey, and its newest addition: the Spirit of Yonkers, a collaboration with Yonkers Brewery that celebrates the companies’ love for history (and the city, of course).