OF THE MOUNTAINS
The Adirondack Park, home to Keene and Gristmill Distillers, is six million acres of protected land, designated Forever Wild by the New York State Constitution in 1894. For over a century, these mountains have been a haven for hikers, climbers, cyclists, fishermen, and skiers. Join us in raising a glass to them, preferably in front of a freshly stoked fire, weather-worn and trading stories about the day’s feats. To another hundred years of adventures.
We strive for quality, working to make smooth, classic spirits that can be sipped straight—but that are just as good in your favorite mixed libation with a dash of this and a garnish of that. We source locally, we mash locally, and we distill locally. It takes some time and elbow grease to build a distillery, and even more time to craft and age whiskies and brandies that are worthy of a dram or two (or ten.) We’ve committed to the long haul though, and we’re proud to literally start from the ground up. Our water flows straight from a spring within a few paces of our front door, our corn is grown by Adirondack Organic Grains in nearby Essex, and our brandy apples are grown, picked, and pressed fresh by Rulf’s Orchard, less than thirty-five miles down the road in Peru. Our barrels are made to order from U.S. Barrel, the oldest cooperage in the northeast and, luckily for us, only a couple of towns over in Wilmington. We’re a New York state farm distillery; we’re homegrown and our products are too.
Adirondack Organic Grains
Adirondack Organic Grains is located in Essex, NY, where they plant, harvest, and sell local grains. They are currently certified by the Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), and have been since 2002. Their crops include organic corn, organic hard red winter wheat, organic spring wheat, organic soybeans, and organic sunflowers.
US Barrel is a family owned and operated cooperage located outside the village of Wilmington in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York. Well versed in all disciplines of coopering, they produce everything ranging from tight work for the distilled spirits industry to extremely large, one of a kind softwood slack barrels. they are unique in offering casks made from a range of woods including Sugar Maple, Birch, Cherry and of course American White Oak.