Working under the guise of meeting the SigO’s Irish coworker Ann and husband Bruce over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we headed to Buffalo Distilling Co.’s newly opened tasting room in Larkinville for a wee bit o’wicked day drinking.
Buffalo Distilling’s original operation began in 2012, in a barn in Bennington. At the time, the location was strictly for production. (For those who might not know, it was the 2007 Farm Distillery Act opened up craft distilling in New York State.)
In 2014, the Craft New York Act helped distilleries expand the scope of their business, including the ability to serve drinks rather than straight liquor, to promote the product. (To be honest, those original tastings were a little rough.) Since 2014, more 100 distilleries have opened statewide.
In the beginning of March — and after months of extensive renovations — Buffalo Distilling opened its new tasting room and distillery in what was once Duchmann & Sons, a carriage manufacturer at 860 Seneca St., in Larkinville.
Right now limited hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Hours will be added as the weather gets warmer. Starting April 11, and to coincide with Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays, Buffalo Distilling adds Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 9 p.m. On April 14, a regular piano lounge happy hour will begin, with music from 5:30 to 8 p.m., no cover.
If you’d like to get a preview of the piano lounge happy hour, Wegrzyn said to stop by March 24 to hear David Kane or March 31 when musician Beave Sorensen will play live and spin some vinyl.
“The happy hour will feature different styles and players who will use Ann Philippone’s 100-plus year old Knabe grand piano…