Blend your own gin with Finger Lakes Distilling, then put it to the test in an Iron Distiller competition that brings your gin to the panel for judging. Will yours be awarded best gin on the tour? Your day is rounded out with an Artisan Market at Barry Family Wine Cellars and a Family Style dinner at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca.
Meet Finger Lakes artisans. Hear their stories. Taste their craft products and taste their passion in every sip and bite. Then take your turn to create your own original Finger Lakes gin. Sample the botanicals, select your blend, grind them and formulate your own oriGINal gin recipe. Does it have what it takes to be selected, batched and bottled? There is only one way to find out!
10:30, 10:45, or 11:45 AM – Pickups in either Ithaca or Watkins Glen
12:00 PM – The group then arrives to Barry Family Wine Cellars where their tasting room will be transformed just for our tour into a Finger Lakes artisan market. Meet winemakers who are creating limited quantity wines for you to sample. Taste small batch Finger Lakes cheeses and chocolates, and test your own pairings.
1:45 PM – Arrive at Finger Lakes Distilling where you will meet owner Brian McKenzie and Head Distiller Jared Baker who will step you through botanical sampling and grinding, then running your original gin recipe through the distillery’s “Wee Still”. Samples will be presented before the judging panel of Brian and Jared and the Top OriGINal Gin will be selected. A full batch run of this formulation will be produced, and at the end of the evening, each guest will go home with two bottles of the tour’s winning gin!
6:30 PM – While the main gin batch is being distilled and bottled, the group will head to Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca to enjoy traditional family-styled Austrian cuisine paired with choice of local wine or beer, as you reminisce about the day’s excitement. (Menu).
Before the end of the evening, you will gather your gin, artisan wine and food and memories to bring a little bit of the Finger Lakes home with you.
Price:$175.00 per person. This price includes the transportation, tastings at the artisan market at Barry Wine Cellars, gin making workshop with appetizers and tastings at Finger Lakes Distilling, dinner with wine and beer at Dano’s on Seneca, and two bottles of the winning blend of OriGINal Gin to take home with you!
A 12% service charge will be added to bookings with 8 or more guests. If you book online, you will receive an updated confirmation email containing that extra charge within 2 business days. If you have any questions you can reach our office at 607-233-4818, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
This tour is only available for private parties upon request. A minimum of 10 guests is required to run this tour, a maximum of 12 can be accommodated. Please call 607-233-4818 if you are interested in this tour for your party.
Departure Locations: (This tour runs from 10:30am-9:30pm – please note the time the tour starts depends on your pick-up time)
The Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin St, Watkins Glen NY
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**Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Experience! The Finger Lakes and our partners will make every effort to accommodate dietary restrictions; however, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all food intolerances/special diets due to the special food pairings we provide with the tastings. It is the guest’s responsibility to let Experience! The Finger Lakes know if they have any food allergies or restrictions when they book a tour. In some cases, we may be able to switch out food selections for you.**