Orange County Distillery is the result of what happens when two small business owners have the same long four month off-season. What started as an off the hip idea at a Christmas party very quickly turned into something real, more than just an idea. That idea turned into an LLC, which turned a run down one-hundred year old barn being used for tractor and spare parts storage into a distillery, which turned a working vegetable farm into a farm that also fronts as a distillery farm.
Orange County Distillery was founded by John Glebocki and Bryan Ensall. Both former small business owners in Orange County, they now both work full time for Orange County Distillery. Co-Owner and Co-Founder John Glebocki was the owner of J. Glebocki Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Goshen, New York. Co-Owner and Co-Founder Bryan Ensall was the owner of a lawn care franchise that serviced all of Orange County, New York. Together, these two small business owners somehow found the spare time away from those other full-time jobs to build the distillery from the ground up, almost entirely with their own two hands (the only thing they chose not to do themselves was install the electrical panel board).
John and Bryan do everything at the distillery. John is the farmer and down-n-dirty guy, in charge of everything planted and harvested. Bryan is the paperwork and reporting guy. Together they do all the mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging and bottling. There really isn’t anything these two don’t do here.
The two of them are also family men, both married (with very supportive wives!) and both with children. In fact, you’ll almost always run into one of the children or wives when you come visit. We’re not a faceless company here, we’re family and business men who live and work right here in Orange County, New York.
Orange County Distillery doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. We’re not a huge operation. In fact, almost all of our operations take place within a small 1600 square foot barn. But what that allows us to do is learn this craft at our pace on our terms. No one telling us to hurry up and sell before we’re ready. We’ll bottle and sell our spirits only when we are completely sure that you’ll not only want to buy one bottle, you’ll want to come back and buy another.
So come take a look, see our farm, try our spirits. If you want white-walls and granite counter tops while you sample spirits, we might not be your place. But if you want to see a true farm distillery, a true farm to bottle operation, then stop on by.
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