In Good Spirits
Sourcing from New York State, two Westchester entrepreneurs produce small-batch brandy and vodka.
The trend in craft beer is spilling over into spirits, with a rising number of boutique-style distilleries popping up across the country.
Luckily for Westchester residents, Good Shepherd Distillery is now open every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for tastings and a peek at the micro-distillery, which currently produces small batches of cherry brandy, grape brandy, and vodka that can be purchased on the premises. The vodka is triple-distilled, super-smooth and clean, while the brandies each have a distinctive flavor and mouth feel.
The space is clean and bright, stacked with five-gallon American oak barrels that are working their magic. “What started out as a hobby quickly became a passion,” explains owner Vincent Miata, a Port Chester native who studied the distilling process before launching the business with wife Carly last year. “For us, it’s about making a spirit that has outstanding taste. We’re always learning and trying new ways to provide the customer with an exceptional product.” Incidentally, the face of Good Shepherd Distillery is none other than Loki, the Miatas’ beloved German shepherd.
The distillery uses New York State-grown cherries, grapes, and grains in its production. “The agricultural landscape in New York is so rich and diverse,” says Vincent. “We’re proud of our in-state partnerships.”
The passionate entrepreneur plans to release coffee vodka and chili vodka later this spring, and whiskey is in the works. “Here, the experimenting never ends,” Vincent says. With that kind of outlook, we can expect more good-tasting spirits to keep flowing from Good Shepherd Distillery.
Good Shepherd Distillery