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July 30, 2013

Distillery purchases land, plans expansion

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The distillery’s products are currently distributed in over 175 locations in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to Wortz. The Wortzes and their partners distribute their products themselves in New York, while the Berkshire Brewing Company serves as their distributor in the other three states.

“The expansion has far exceeded our expectations,” said Wortz, saying that they are currently trying to keep up with the demand from their present distributors.

Because of this, they are no longer actively seeking distributors, although Wortz added that they never turn anyone away.

He also said the distillery has received support from the local community.

“If people know I’m planting, they just show up and help.”

Wortz said that they plan to convert the Story House building into a production and retail facility, where visitors can take tours, enjoy tastings, and purchase liquor, wine and beer from KyMar Farm and other New York alcohol producers.

“We’re only going to carry products where the majority of ... (ingredients) are from New York state,” said Wortz. “You won’t find Jack Daniels or Absolut there.”

Wortz expects to move most of the production side of the business to the Story House building by late fall/early winter, and hopes to open the retail side by Memorial Day weekend next year.

As for the demand for such a destination, Wortz said that even though their current operation is production only, they still get calls about it every weekend.

“I’m assuming if we build it, they will come.”

He said he expects to hire the distillery’s first employee within the next five to six months, and to have a half-dozen employees by this time next year.

“Our expectation over the next 12 months will be doubling our current production,” said Wortz.

As for new products, Wortz says that they will be coming.

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