• Finger Lakes Distilling expands staff

05 Feb

BURDETT, NY — Finger Lakes Distilling no longer is the exclusive purview of men named McKenzie. Now there is another name of Scottish heritage working on the spirits.

Brian Ferguson (right, in photo) has been appointed assistant distiller, working with co-founders Thomas Earl McKenzie (left, in photo) and Brian McKenzie in the Schuyler County operation.

Ferguson is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He worked in production, sales and as part of the tasting room staff at Finger Lakes Distilling last summer to get acquainted with the operation.

The unrelated McKenzies, incidentally, recently introduced newly redesigned bottles for their Vintner’s Vodka and Vintner’s Wild Berry (shown at left). The vodkas are made from premium New York State grapes and, as their recipes call for, also use locally-grown strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries before a second distillation to concentrate the flavors.

No changes, by the way, in their whiskies — rye and bourbon — or their gin and liqueurs.

Finger Lakes Distilling is located at 4676 NYS Route 414 in Burdett, Schuyler County, near Seneca Lake. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Phone: (607) 546-5510.

No changes, by the way, in their whiskies.

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1 Comment

Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Distillers


One response to “• Finger Lakes Distilling expands staff

  1. Kelvin Z. Cole

    February 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I m particularly excited about my visit today I don t know if Thomas and president Brian McKenzie who has the same last name as Thomas but is no relation will agree but for me their announcement this week is one of the most exciting since I first heard the rumors of the opening last July They finally have a date for their bourbon release..Finger Lakes Distilling renders me giddy. Though they are legally producing liquor the thought of a still near the edge of the Hector National Forest feels thrilling and naughty like smoking in the girls bathroom or I imagine growing marijuana hidden between tomato plants in your garden..Though Finger Lakes Distilling is a classy venture with architecture and tasting room decor inspired by the distilleries of Scotland I can t stop myself from calling their product hooch. Their business is the first of its kind in the Finger Lakes region to focus solely on liquor.


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