Monday, January 4, 2016

Finger Lakes Distilling co-founder resigns

Thomas Earl McKenzie
Thomas Earl McKenzie, one of the two unrelated McKenzies who founded the Finger Lakes Distilling Company, has left the company.

In a Facebook announcement posted today, he said, "As of today, I have resigned as distiller at Finger Lakes Distilling Company. I have started my consulting business back up and will be willing and able to assist in all stages of distillery start up and diagnose problems in existing distilleries and be able to fix them. I have a website that should be live later today."

The new website address is There is no mention of the development on the distillery website.

Finger Lakes Distilling is located at 4676 State Route 414 in Burdett, Schuyler County, on the shore of Seneca Lake. It is the outgrowth of a partnership that began when McKenzie, a winemaker/brewer/distiller from Alabama, and Brian McKenzie, a former Upstate bank officer, met in 2007 at a craft distilling conference. The company is a New York State farm distillery, which means the majority of its ingredients are New York-grown.

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