How is it that a small, inconspicuous garage door leads to a Wonderland of Spirits?
Once you step through the front door at Denning’s Point Distillery, you enter a whole new world of spirits and a strong sense of community.
Denning’s Point Distillery
Located in Beacon, NY, Denning’s Point Distillery is where award-winning spirits are born. Off of Main Street, behind a beautifully decorated garage door lives a meticulous setup that produces some of the best locally made Brandy, Bourbon, Whiskey, Gin, and Vodka.
According to their website:
“We craft the finest, artisanal spirits available in one of Beacon, New York’s downtown 19th-century buildings. We choose only the highest quality grains from local farms and strive to create classic spirits of unique character and depth.”
Tour of Denning’s Point Distillery
During the tour of the Distillery, Karl Johnson, co-founder, talks about the process of creating the liquors. If you didn’t know, all the materials used in their spirits come from New York State.
- The corn from in New Paltz, NY
- Barley malt from Germantown, NY
- Wheat and Rye from the Finger Lakes
What makes this even more special is that they know the farmers personally. This unique mix of community and craftsmanship make their spirits unique.
The tour is informative but does not get too technical. It is the right mixture of funny and educational and Karl Johnson shows off his personality. I learned so much about the process of making different spirits that it lent a greater appreciation to what I was able to sample in the tasting room. Karl’s approach to his presentation makes everyone feel like they are a part of the Denning’s Point Distillery family.
Why we love Denning’s Point Distillery
The Hubby and I visited Denning’s Point on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon. We love the simplicity of the space. Not only do they have a tasting room, as soon as you enter, on the right side, but they also have a bar where cocktails are available for purchase. The one-room Distillery houses all the machinery and the products they use to make their liquors. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and take the time out to answer any questions. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and we already plan to visit again.
If you plan to spend the day in Dutchess County, make sure to visit other places in the area, such as
the Walkway over the Hudson.
Take a Trip to Denning’s Point Distillery
I recommend taking some time and visiting Denning’s Point Distillery, the first time, on a Saturday afternoon. Trust me; it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Tours take place at 2:30 pm; 3:30 pm; and 4:30 pm (Except second Saturday of each month: tours at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm only). After the initial visit, then you can then make a return visit during the days/times of tastings only: Fridays 2pm-8pm and Sundays 2pm-6pm.
Denning’s Point also hosts live music at least once a month. Check out their website for more information.
Every 2nd Saturday of every month from 4-7 pm there is an open blues jam session. Open to all musicians. Below is a picture of me with Karl Johnson.
A Few Things to Know before Visiting Denning’s Point Distillery:
- This place is perfect for Couples, group of friends/family and anyone over 21 yrs of age
- Cost: The tour/tasting combo is $5 p/p
- Days/Hours: Denning’s Point Distillery is open to the public on Friday 2 pm-8 pm, Saturday 2 pm-8 pm, Sunday 2 pm-6 pm
- Parking: There is street parking available and a parking lot across the street from the distillery
- The offerings at the Distillery include: Beacon Apple Brandy, Beacon Bourbon, Beacon American Whisky, Great 9 Gin, Viskill Vodka and a Maid of the Meadow Vodka infused with herbs and honey. Visit their website for more detailed information about each spirit.
- The tour/presentation is approximately 25 minutes long
Denning’s Point Distillery
10 N. Chestnut Street
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