America's Coolest Distilleries

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Kelli Williams

See how your favorite spirits are made at these craft distilleries—tastings most definitely included.

Coppersea Distilling, Hudson Valley, NY

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While many distillers are inspired by the old-school aspect of the trade, they happily take full advantage of modern technology when it comes to making spirits. Coppersea is a rare exception. Michael Kinstlick and his team strive to adhere to historic authenticity, eschewing too-new innovations like mechanical pumps for their stills. It would all be very gimmicky if their product were just okay, but one sip of the raw rye or eau de vie is all you need to appreciate that it’s worth every antiquated step.

Tours: By appointment; free; coppersea.com.

America's Coolest Distilleries

Coppersea Distilling, Hudson Valley, NY

While many distillers are inspired by the old-school aspect of the trade, they happily take full advantage of modern technology when it comes to making spirits. Coppersea is a rare exception. Michael Kinstlick and his team strive to adhere to historic authenticity, eschewing too-new innovations like mechanical pumps for their stills. It would all be very gimmicky if their product were just okay, but one sip of the raw rye or eau de vie is all you need to appreciate that it’s worth every antiquated step.

Tours: By appointment; free; coppersea.com.

Kelli Williams
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