Manage episode 256486168 series 1946597
We met up with Rick and Andrew at Shady Knolls distillery to learn about their distilled spirits which are made from apples and rye grown right on their own farm. This is a father, son-in-law operation which began in 2011. They both love traditional French apple brandy which is why decided to utilize traditional NY fermentables, apples and winter rye. They planted 1800 trees with 120 varieties. By 2015 the trees were producing, processing equipment was purchased, all they needed was a still. In 2016 they purchased a vintage 225 gallon Alembic Charentais Pot Still manufactured by the leading French manufacturer, Chalvignac Prulho Distillation which required two technicians from France to fly in to help and install. They built a grainery and installed a grain silo, hammer mill and grain processing equipment and by early 2017 Shady Knoll finally started distilling. They produce apple brandy, pommeau and rye whiskey.