Local Spirits

A new breed of mom-and-pop distilleries is bringing a modern flavor to the old craft of moonshining

Ben Stechschulte for TIME

At Tuthilltown Spirits in New York's Hudson Valley, whiskey, bourbon and vodka are handcrafted at a former granary

Like generations of farmers before them, Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee keep a still at their Hudson Valley granary and use it to concoct a corn bourbon with a smooth creamy flavor and sweet grainy aroma that would make any moonshiner proud. But what Erenzo and Lee are making isn't the illegal stuff of mountain legend and bootlegger capers; instead it's high-class hooch that is totally legal and helping lead a renaissance of handcrafted artisanal American spirits.

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania to the Bay Area farmland of California, small mom-and-pop distilleries have begun making liquor out of all...

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