98 Ryan Road
Pine Plains, NY 12567
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400 acre working farmPRODUCTION
10,000 cases annuallyOWNER
WITH A HISTORY DATING BACK to colonial times, Dutch’s® Spirits is reviving
American craft and agriculture traditions at Harvest Homestead Farm. Spirits
production on the 400-acre farm first took place during the Prohibition era, when
a sprawling complex concealed a massive underground illegal distilling operation.
Reportedly financed in 1931 by notorious mobster, Dutch Schultz, and operated by former New York City policeman and fingerprint expert Patrick Ryan, Harvest Homestead produced thousands of gallons of moonshine combining sugar with local water from underground aquifers. Federal agents raided the Pine Plains farm on October 17, 1932. Thanks to the many escape tunnels built into the layout, only two workers were arrested and two days later, it took twelve federal agents to destroy all of the equipment seized. The industrial-sized electrified bunkers were left intact.
Decades later the story came full circle when the property was acquired by Janet and Charles Adams. In the 1930s Charles had been a young “potato harvester,” serving as part of the liquor operation’s cover during the Dutch Schultz days. In 2008, intrigued by the passage of the New York farm distillers’ law, Adams’ grandson Alex and close friend Ariel Schlein decided to write another chapter in Dutch’s history. The two co-founded Dutch’s Spirits with Schlein serving as president and creative force behind the developing project. For Schlein, it was really all about the story.
More than 70 acres of grain from the working farm is currently harvested for on-site spirits production and a new 10,000 square foot Dutch gambrel inspired barn now stands in the footprint of the original bootleggers’ bunkhouse. The large barn will serve as home to the craft distillery operation, a developing farm-to-table restaurant headed up by James Beard semi-finalist chef Sara Lukasiewicz, distillery shop, and space for special events.
The 1930s bunkers have been incorporated into the contemporary operation serving as rick house and Prohibition museum, and a chef ’s garden and CSA are in the planning stages for 2015. Visitors to the site experience lush natural landscapes of wetland and wildflowers. Summer fields of corn and barley waving in the breeze will be used to make vodka, bourbon, malt whiskey and more. Opening soon for tours, events, food & drink and outdoor recreation, Dutch’s Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm aims to become a self-sustaining farm operation and agritourism destination ideal for exploration in all four seasons.
Distilled from 100% pure demerara sugar,
Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine is
a grain free, neutral cane spirit crafted
with a nod to Dutch’s original blend.
American Distilling Institute
Silver Medal and Best in Category
Tastings International Review
of Spirits Silver Medal
Peach brandy was once the second most popular spirit in America, just after rye whiskey. Hand-crafted by Dutch’s Spirits in small batches, each bottle contains liquid gold – the essence of one hundred New York State-grown peaches.DUTCH’S® SPIRITS
Hand-blended from natural botanicals and inspired by our nation’s colorful history, original recipes blend unique flavors from each era to create a distinctive line of cocktail bitters. Each pack includes 1 oz. bottles of Dutch’s Colonial Cocktail Bitters, Boomtown Bitters, and ProhiBitters, along with recipe ideas.