You go wine tasting, but how about Spirit tasting. Tuthilltown Spirits, New York ‘s first Whisky distillery will be opening Friday July 3, 2009. Tuthilltown is the first New York Farm Distillery Whiskey Tasting room since prohibition. In addition, The Tuthilltown Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On Sunday, July 5th you can take part in the “gathering of the grain” where customers will be able to take part in the harvest of the Distillery’s first crop of rye grain in the traditional method, by hand. You will then bundle it and stack it to dry. The Distillers will then take that rye, hand thresh and clean it and make whiskey.

Tuthilltown also offers classes where you will make your own whiskey. This combines technical instruction and practical experience.

Tuthilltown will be open this weekend Friday, July 3 – Sunday July 5 from 11am – 6pm. The tasting room hours for the rest of the season are Thursday – Monday 12pm – 6pm. Tours will be given Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm by reservation only.