Distillers Blog

Fruit Focus: Cherries

This is the second in our series of posts regarding the different fruits that we grow here at DeFisher Fruit Farm and the different products we can make with them at Apple Country Spirits.  The first entry in this series can be found here: http://applecountryspirits.com/blog/fruit-focus-apples/

 

Today's focus is on Cherries.  Cherries are our second biggest crop behind apples.  DeFisher Fruit Farm grows close to 100 acres of cherries all together, with a majority being tart cherries.  The oldest block of tree we have is over 35 years old and we have been growing cherries for ...

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A Cocktail for Winter

  • Posted On: December 31, 2013
  • Author: Collin McConville
  • Categories: Drinking, Support Local, Cider, Cocktail, Products

That time of year is upon us here in the snow belt of New York.  While December was relatively minor (only about 2 feet of snow) the start of January is looking like it will be a cold one.  Not much snow on the ground at the moment, but the wind is biting and the sun is nowhere to be seen.  This will be my second winter here, and from all accounts that is the way it is supposed to see -- so good bye sun!  Until we meet again in April. 

With that in mind I thought that I would ...

We're Still Here, I Promise!

  • Posted On: November 11, 2013
  • Author: Collin McConville
  • Categories: Drinking, Facility, Events, Cider, Products

Hello everyone!  It has been far to long since I posted but we have been in the heart of harvest season, and have been hard at work on new products for you all to enjoy.  We are working on two flavored vodkas, and should have them out early in the new year.  We wanted them out in time for the holiday season, unfortunately as we have learned everything takes longer to accomplish in this industry.  The flavors will be Peach and Tart Cherry.  We grow both, so will be using natural flavors instead of artificial syrups. 

The next product we ...

Prepping for the Holiday Season

  • Posted On: September 6, 2013
  • Author: Collin McConville
  • Categories: Lake Ontario Wine Trail, Products, Support Local, Events, Facility

Hello everyone.  Fall is finally here!  We are picking fruit like mad and are in the process of turning some of it into new products.  A couple of days ago we pit a bin of peaches (about 700 pounds) and plopped them into some over proofed vodka.  This is the first step in our peach infused vodka!!

As the season progresses and the weather gets colder we will be out and about doing tastings at different festivals and events.  If you haven't had a chance to stop by the distillery, maybe you can meet us at one of the ...

Going Live

  • Posted On: July 5, 2013
  • Author: Collin McConville
  • Categories: Products, Events, Launch, New York Distilleries, Support Local, Lake Ontario Wine Trail

Hello and happy Fourth of July weekend to everyone!  (I know, its the fifth but after harvesting cherries all morning yesterday I did not have the energy to finish this.  If see pictures of the cherry harvest check out our Facebook and Twitter)

So, as the title suggests we are finally going live with sales.  Opici has begun selling our product to liquor stores bars and restaurants.  We have not heard anything from them yet because of the long weekend -- but we hope to hear good news next week.  At the same time we would appreciate it if everyone would ...

State of the Distillery

  • Posted On: June 19, 2013
  • Author: Collin McConville
  • Categories: New York Distilleries, Drinking, Staff, Launch, Products

I cannot believe I have been here for over a year.  It is amazing how time flies when your day is full of doing what you love.  We are not as far as we wanted to be at this point, but we have finally launched product and will be selling to retailers starting in July.  Our distributor, The Opici Wine Group picked up fifty (50) cases from us yesterday and will begin sending them out to liquor stores bars and restaurants on the area in July.  Below is a picture of Dave and myself with the fifty cases all nice ...