YNN: Distillery coming to North Country

A new production company will be lifting the spirits of many people in the North Country. Clayton Distillery hopes to open its doors to the regions first distillery this spring. YNN’s Carmella Mataloni took a tour of the new business and she shows us how it might start pouring money into the economy.

CLAYTON, N.Y.–All year round, many people travel to visit North Country wineries. Next month, another adult beverage spot will open; but this time, it’s a distillery.

“The Clayton area is just booming right now and all three partners are from Clayton. So, it just made sense to put it here,” said Michael Aubertine, Manager.

Manger Michael Aubertine will be running Clayton Distillery alongside three other partners. It will be known as the region’s first micro-distillery. Owners said they will use the natural resources around them.

“We actually grew all corn at my parents’ farm in Cape Vincent; and so, we put about 25 acres of farm land back into use, and also the tourism. I think it’s going to make a big difference,” said Aubertine.

Gin, vodka and moonshine, which is a bourbon recipe sold un-aged, are just some of the liquors you’ll be able to find at the facility.

Aubertine said it takes a week to make the liquor. The distillery will able to produce 1,000 bottles every four days.

“We’ve got good size tanks so that we can actually do pretty good size batches,” said Aubertine.

According to managers, a finished floor and a few more shelves for merchandise is all the distillery needs before it opens the doors on April 10th.