In 2015, over a few pints of Southern Tier beer, we had an idea. (Truth be told, it’s a place where lots of our great ideas begin). What if we took the same hard work, craft attitude and innovative thinking that helped us grow our brewery, and applied it to the distilling side of things?
Not by carting off to Kentucky, but by raising a distillery right next door to our brewery in the woods of Lakewood. We would source local materials. Experiment with recipes that shared some of our time-honored brewing traditions. And create a sister company offering craft spirits.
We proudly distill with over 90% of our ingredients coming from right here in New York, earning us a New York State Farm Distiller’s license. It’s allowed us to create some classic favorites and some tasty “experi-fermentations. “
Today, our bourbons patiently age in oak barrels racked five high along the walls. In the meantime, our master distiller, never one to sit still, is crafting specialty rums, vodkas, gins and whiskies that is sure to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day.
Take for example, our rum. While we aren’t technically allowed to call it rum, we still distill it from black strapped molasses then enhance it by adding 20,000lbs of locally made NYS Maple Syrup. We in turn age that spirit in maple syrup barrels producing our wonderfully procured “Maple Aged Spirits” with a beautiful maple and vanilla taste profile.
We invite you to stop by The Empty Bottle for a taste of whatever we happen to be pouring.
Tours are available Saturdays by reservation only. $15 per person and includes a flight and a free bourbon tasting straight out of the barrel.
Southern Tier Brewing Company
In 2002, founders Phineas and Sara DeMink and Allen “Skip” Yahn started Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood, New York, with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. Today, Southern Tier has grown into one of the largest craft brewers in the country. Our hand-crafted ales are now available in more than thirty States and points beyond. And while our growing fan base relies on our many tried and true originals, they also welcome the new flavors we’re always dreaming up and pouring in our brew pubs in Lakewood & Pittsburgh. After all, why the hell not?