Catskill Distilling Company

 Located on a route strewn with wineries, this unpretentious newcomer offers easygoing good times. There’s a bar and outdoor courtyard called the Cocktail Grove where visitors can wile away their day and enjoy drinks like the Nonny Rose ($10), made from the distillery’s own applejack, pomegranate juice, maple syrup and lemon juice.

“The whole idea with this place is to be a destination, where you can sit around for a few hours,” says Chris Moyer, who founded the distillery in April 2014 after working as a CPA for years in Virginia.

While the distillery does do a bourbon, it focuses more on vodka, gin and applejack — a high-proof spirit made from apples that was popular in Colonial times and is back in vogue with cocktail geeks. The distillery is housed in a 100-year-old red barn, and Moyer has a knack for explaining the spirits-making process in a simple, easy-to-understand manner on group tours.

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