THE ESSENTIALS

VINEYARD

DUTCH’S SPIRITS

ADDRESS

98 Ryan Road
Pine Plains, NY 12567

PHONE

518-398-1022

E MAIL

tours@dutchsspirits.com

WEBSITE

DutchsSpirits.com

OPEN

See website for fall/winter hours

TOUR & TASTING

$10.00
See website for details and dates

ACREAGE

400 acre working farm

PRODUCTION

10,000 cases annually

OWNER

Ariel Schlein

DISTILLER

Colin Coan

Hudson-Chatham Winery
DUTCH’S® SPIRITS
Established 2010DUTCH’S® SPIRITSABOUT US

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.

DUTCH’S® SPIRITS
SUGAR WASH MOONSHINE

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.

2014 Awards:
American Distilling Institute

Silver Medal and Best in Category

Tastings International Review
of Spirits Silver Medal

DUTCH’S® SPIRITS
PEACH BRANDY

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
AMERICAN ERA VARIETY
3-PACK

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.

 

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