He combined his operator hands, engineer mind, and relentless hobby-love, and took his popular home liquor to a new level of nerd when he invested in a copper still. And there it sits, in the center of it all at Four Fights Distilling HQ. This one man band will be milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, bottling, and labeling. One batch at a time. Right here in Corning.
A USMC veteran, he’s about as American as they come; loyal and passionate, with humble expectations but for a circle of good company and a dependable mug of whiskey.
They’re proudly located in the original garage of the famous Stonebridge Motor Company, and although the car parts are gone, along with the stench of oil and grease, it’s clear this space was made for hard work.
So why place a distillery in Corning? It’s far from the picturesque paddocks of central New York. It’s ‘downtown’, not upstream, like the hip Hudson river track. Corning barely makes the famed Finger Lakes tasting map! But anyone who’s visited the small town of Corning has felt its unique vibe, with a constant heart beat (even under that snow) pumping by the love and pride of its people. And the owners of Four Fights know this because, well, they, their family, and their friends, help make up these people.
Corning folk brave the storms of the winter, and know how to party in the summer. They welcome the daily droves of glass lovers, leaf peepers, wine fanatics, and business travelers all year round. But at the end of the day, the people of Corning will always have their favorite seat at the bar, and they always know their bartender’s name.
Four Fights Distilling has big goals; to craft and bottle fine, honest liquor to be poured and enjoyed by many. But forgive them as they declare that, first and foremost, they want to share a glass with their hometown.
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