Hudson Valley Distillers WRITTEN BY CHRIS LOZIER
udson Valley Distillers just got their start this year, but
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS MOYER
few of the things that keep us moving.”
they already have a lot of fans - tourists, distillers and
Moyer is in software sales, while Yozzo was a police officer,
neighbors alike – because their business philosophy is simple
retiring just months before opening the doors to the distillery.
and they execute it wonderfully. Focused on making ultra-small
Keeping a strong friendship after college, their families would often
batch, locally sourced, innovative spirits, they plan to become
vacation together. Over many campfires, Moyer and Yozzo talked
a destination distillery more than a production distillery,
about starting a business together, and as craft distilling grew,
connecting with people and showing them just how much small
those talks were often accompanied by new bottles of craft spirits.
distillers have to offer.
“At one point the business brainstorming and sampling spirits
“We want to make innovative and unique spirits with natural
intersected and we decided to start a distillery,” says Moyer.
ingredients, live in the country, work with our hands, and provide
After spending a couple years forming the business, training and
for our families,” says Chris Moyer, who co-founded HVD with
bringing investors on, Moyer moved from Virginia to Clermont,
his friend from college, Tom Yozzo. “This is more than a job
New York, and Yozzo moved from nearby Newburg. The pair and
or a paycheck for us, this is a lifestyle. Working with our hands, being part of the Hudson Valley agricultural community, building a business that creates jobs, and working for ourselves are just
their families purchased a 12 acre farm in Clermont, naming it Spirits Grove Farm, and began building out the distillery in the existing red barn. Moyer says the 150 year old barn was a staple to their property and business
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