Pelham resident Ed Tiedge runs this 2,000-square-foot distillery that is one of the few in the country to distill spirits using a honey base. Products include COMB Vodka, COMB 9 Gin, and COMB Brandy ($35/25-oz bottle). Tiedge, a former hedge-fund portfolio manager, honed his spirit-making skills at Domaine Matuschka, a small winery and cognac distillery in Archaic, France. Comb products can be found at six county wine shops (among them, The French Wine Shop in Pelham, VINO 100 in White Plains, and Ralph’s Wine & Spirits in Rye) as well as Sonora in Port Chester, Caffe Regatta in Pelham, and Elements in White Plains.
Tuthilltown may have been the first distillery to take advantage when New York State’s antiquated liquor manufacturing laws changed, but StilltheOne in Port Chester is certainly Westchester’s most local. This brand-new liquor manufacturer (Westchester’s first in decades) uses honey as the basis for its triptych of products (COMB Vodka, COMB Brandy, and COMB 9 Gin). And given the current food-world trendiness of beekeeping and honey, we feel that Port Chester’s “buzziest” new bev is destined for national attention. PC in the houuuuse!