Saturday, September 29, 2012

Albany Distilling Co. sets a Friday grand opening

Partners Johnny Curtin (left) and Matt Jager.
ALBANY -- At one time, this city was a serious place for the creation of beers, some wines and even some distilled spirits. The latter category will be represented for the first time since the end of Prohibition when the Albany Distilling Company holds its grand opening on Friday (October 5).

The festivities are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with the usual suspects -- politicians and the like -- saying nice things, and after they're finished the staff will be showing off the new facility to visitors.

The bar at the distillery will feature cocktails made with the enterprise's first product, Coal Yard New Make Whiskey, an unaged spirit that also will be available for sale to the public.

Partners Johnny Curtin and Matt Jager have been laboring for two years to convert the building, which had housed sets for Capital Repertory Theater, into a working distillery. The centerpiece of the operation is a 600-liter, German-made still.

The opening of Albany Distilling will be the second craft distillery unveiling in the Greater Capital Region in recent weeks. Hillrock Estate Distillery opened September 1 in Ancram, Columbia County.

Albany Distilling is located at 78 Montgomery Street, adjacent to the Albany Pump Station behind Quackenbush Square. Phone: 621-7191.

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