In the heart of the Finger Lakes region that we call home, Smokin’ Tails Distillery has become a beacon of craft spirits, thanks to the passion and dedication of its founders. As we celebrate their remarkable journey on their three-year anniversary, let’s take a nostalgic trip down the moonshine-soaked memory lane that led to the birth of this extraordinary distillery.

Picture this – Peter, a local funeral director, tinkering away in his hearse garage, concocting moonshine that would soon become a legend among friends. Chris, the resident joker, threw out the idea of opening a distillery, and what started as a lighthearted joke now marked the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Fueled by the unique taste of Pete’s moonshine, this was more than just a venture; it was a testament to the spirit of the community.

Despite the challenges posed by a global pandemic, Smokin’ Tails Distillery was born, a testament to the resilience and determination of its founders. Getting the federal liquor license was a breeze, but the wait for approval from the New York State Liquor Authority tested their patience. A chilly fall day brought the long-awaited letter, and with it came unexpected tasks – pictures of the tasting room and still room. With only 15 days on the clock, the community rallied together, and in just 13 days, the black walnut bar and cozy tasting room stood proudly, a symbol of our collective spirit.

Smokin’ Tails Distillery transformed from a local venture to a hub where friendships were forged, not just with locals, but with kindred spirits from across the nation. The warmth and hospitality extended by the team turned patrons into family, creating an atmosphere that’s uniquely theirs.

At the heart of Smokin’ Tails Distillery lies a commitment to crafting high-quality spirits using locally grown grains. The Finger Lakes region provides the perfect backdrop for their passion, resulting in spirits that capture the very essence of our local community. Pete, Sharon, Chris, and Lisa have created a brand that resonates not just with locals but has caught the attention of spirits enthusiasts nationwide.

Here’s to Smokin’ Tails, shining brightly in the Finger Lakes region. Celebrate their 3 Year Anniversary on January 27, 2024, from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Featuring an Epic Lineup:
Noon til 2pm: Tom Chamberlain
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Frog Hollow
5pm – 7pm: Ben & John from Flint Creek

PLUS, there will be special cocktails crafted just for the occasion and prizes galore, all day long!

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