Discovering the New York Craft Spirits Boom

Stories of distillers across the New York State. Each story is as unique as the brand they represent.

About The Book

By first introducing a unique take on dining, All The Tastes of New York, now introduces us to the new movement, “Farm to Glass” through new book, Discovering the New York Craft Spirits Boom. “Discovering The New York Craft Spirits Boom”, chronicles the lives of 30 Craft Distillers throughout New York State, from Brooklyn to the Finger Lakes.

Distillers that distill spirits such as Whiskey, Bourbon, Gin, Vodka and much more! Each story is as varied and unique as the brands that they create. It is an intimate look into their struggles and triumphs, and their decisions to be embark upon this spirited journey! A journey that would not have been possible without the changing of laws and regulations that made distilling in New York once again legal since the days of Prohibition. This being championed by a governor who has cast himself as “the most booze-friendly chief executive” in state history.

Discovering The New York Craft Spirits Boom”, was released on July 4th 2015 through Waldorf Publishing.


“Walking the halls of the state capitol in 2007 with a small but committed group of farmers and food entrepreneurs, I never imagined that the creation of a new farm distillery license category would spark such tremendous growth. At the time, I was convinced this law would merely be a small change, enabling a few farmers the opportunity to grow crops for a niche market and opening doors for the next generation to start up their own distillery and add value to the home farm. This book conclusively demonstrates the economic growth that can occur from positive public policy. I am impressed with the foresight of the author in showcasing New York’s outstanding craft and farm based distilleries, and suspect a new edition will be needed in a few years time to accommodate new entrants. A thoughtful profile of each distillery, beautiful photographs and of course, excellent cocktail recipes make this book a treasure for local foodies.”
Foreword by Julie C. Suarez, Assistant Dean, Cornell University

“With the increasing popularity of Farm to Table dining, Discovering The New York Craft Spirits Boom brings attention to the evolution of Farm to Glass…much like farm to table. We are not only a culture that likes to ‘eat local’, but now we ‘drink local’ creating a whole new drinking and dining experience. The book is a well-researched compilation of stories about Craft Distillers in New York State not to be missed.”
Alexander Smalls-Restaurateur/Executive Chef at Minton’s & The Cecil /Author

Discovering The New York Craft Spirits Boom explains why the Northeast is like no other. We have a flavor and flair all our own. As Heather transported herself from Grenada to NY, so too are we transported with 30 individual distillers and their path on this interesting journey from NYC to upstate. Her experience in our industry and enthusiasm is as refreshing as the cocktails provided. Well done.
Ray Foley-Founder and Editor/Bartender Magazine

“Well researched and written.” -
Warren Bobrow-Author/Cook/Barman/Spirits Consultant

“A much needed book for the American whiskey enthusiast who takes pleasure in learning about all that goes into making true craft whiskey. It also seconds as a brilliant guide to identify distilleries for future road trips. I look forward to purchasing this book for myself and my staff.”
Tommy Tardie – Owner/The Flatiron Room