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Finger Lakes Distilling NewsletterDecember 2011
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Expansion update
Black Friday
Good Food Awards
Product Updates
Cocktail Ideas
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Tuesday, December 6
Candle Light Night
Pittsford Wines

Thursday, December 8:
Marketview Liquor
3-6 pm

Saturday, December 10:
Triphammer Wine & Spirits
3-6 pm

Saturday, December 10:
Parkway W & S
2-4 pm

Saturday, December 10:
Whiskey, Pickles, 'n Jerky
Brooklyn Oenology Winery Brooklyn
3-7 pm

Sunday, December 11:
Lisa's Liquor Barn
1-4 pm

Thursday, December 15:
Lighthouse Wines & Spirits
4-7 pm

Thursday, December 15:
GCP Wine & Liquors
4-7 pm

Friday, December 16:
Wright's Beverages
Watkins Glen
4-6 pm

Saturday, December 17:
Colonial Wines & Spirits
1-4 pm

Thursday, December 22:
Century Wine & Spirits
4-7 pm

Friday, December 23:
Northside Wine & Spirits
4-7 pm

Please come out to see us!



Dear Friend of FLD,    

Happy Repeal Day everyone! On this day in 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, bringing an end to Prohibition. Please celebrate the end of our country's "noble experiment" with an FLD cocktail.

Of course, there are many other more important things to celebrate this time of year. We've been busy conducting in-store tastings and visiting with holiday gift buyers here at the distillery.  Thanks to everyone that came out and joined us on Black Friday for the release of our McKenzie Pure Potstill Whiskey.

(Local musicians from Miller's Wheel entertain our Black Friday guests) 

Our latest construction project is moving along. All framing is complete and we're just waiting on our electrical service and some final touches. We hope to start our move into the new building before the end of the year. 

We'll be open everyday this month with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (also closing Jan 1). Please come out to see us and pick up some great FLD spirits or merchandise for your friends and family. 

Best regards,
Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling  


distributionNew Building     


We're almost there! Our new storage/production facility is very close to completion. Our floor was poured and everything is almost sealed up for the winter. We hope to start our move into the new space in the next few weeks. Check out some of the latest progress photos: 






Whiskey, Pickles 'n Jerky

What could be better than a shot of McKenzie Rye Whiskey? How about chasing it with some delicious Brooklyn Brine pickle juice to make it a Pickle Back?  If the pickle-whiskey combination doesn't appeal to you, how about nibbling on some beef jerky while sipping locally produced spirits?

Sounds like an amazing adventure for your taste buds, if you ask us!

Join us for a Whiskey, Pickles 'n Jerky Pairing located at the Brooklyn Oneology Winery Tasting Room, December 10th from 3-7 pm. 


FLD - A Good Food Award Finalist


We received news last month that 2 FLD products, McKenzie Rye Whiskey and Cherry Liqueur, have been chosen as finalists in the Good Food Awards Spirits Competition.

Award recipients are recognized as being producers of exceptionally delicious products that also promote sustainability and social good. Winners are recognized in 8 handcrafted categories such as coffee, chocolate, cheese, and for the first time, spirits.

We're honored to be named a finalist, as there were over 1,000 applicants. Winners will be announced in San Francisco on January 13, 2012. Wish us luck!  


 New Products

If you've read our last couple of newsletters, you're probably aware that we've added some tasty new offerings to our spirits line-up.

On November 25th, we launched our latest whiskey - McKenzie Pure Potstill. This Irish-style whiskey is made primarily from local barley and is aged in our used Bourbon and Rye barrels. It is moving fast!


Last weekend, we also released a new liqueur. Our grape liqueur is produced from the native Concord grapes harvested right here in our own vineyard. It's made in the same style as our other liqueurs - not too sweet and very true to the base fruit.

Both the Potstill Whiskey and Grape Liqueur are available at the distillery and we've also begun selling them through NYS retailers. Please have your local store get in touch with us!

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This month's cocktail suggestions feature our new products.     

 Pot of Gold

2 oz. McKenzie Pure Potstill Whiskey
1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash Simple Syrup
Dash Fee Bros. Lemon Bitters


Shake top 5 ingredients over ice. Serve straight up in cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.




 Double Grapes


1.5 oz. Vintner's Vodka
1.5 oz. FLD Grape Liqueur
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash of Salt
Club Soda

Shake ingredients top 4 ingredients over ice and strain into rocks glass. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon peel. 



Please send us your ideas for cocktails using our products. With your permission, we may feature your cocktail in a future newsletter. If selected, we'll send you an FLD hat or T-shirt.

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