We are proud to continue our offering of educational seminars this winter, with speakers from around the Finger Lakes. Please join us for a night of food, drink, and spirit education!


Thursday, February 12:  Joe Fee of Fee Brothers

Fee Brothers, a family business since 1864, is located in nearby Rochester, NY.  The company is now owned by Joe and Ellen Fee, the fourth generation.  Fee Brothers boasts over 100 products including their world famous bitters and cocktail mixers, cordial syrups, brines, and botanical waters.  Fee Brothers products are sold coast-to-coast, in parts of Europe, the Virgin Islands and Korea.   Joe, who lectures all over the world, will demonstrate his products in what should be a very interesting evening. Click Here to Register!

Thursday, February 26:  The History of Brandy

In conjunction with the release of our aged Apple Brandy, this seminar will trace the history of this very popular spirit.  In the fashion of our Whiskey 101 and Gin Seminars of last winter, the FLD staff will trace the history of brandy from its beginnings, with explanations of Cognac, Armagnac, and Pisco.  Grape, fruit, and pomace brandies will be discussed in conjunction with brandy making in the United States and at, of course, Finger Lakes Distilling. Click Here to Register!

Thursday, March 26:  Executive Chef Brud Holland – Cooking with Spirits

Acclaimed local chef, Brud Holland, will join us for a lively evening illustrating the use of Finger Lakes Distilling spirts as culinary ingredients.  Brud, owner of Finger Lakes Made, a company that develops foods and packaged products using only Finger Lakes ingredients, is renowned in his use of using local products in developing tantalizing recipes. Click Here to Register!

Thursday, April 23:  Classic Cocktails

This seminar will feature the history and creation of classic cocktails which will use Finger Lakes Distilling products as their main ingredient:  The Manhattan (1870’s – McKenzie Rye), Old Fashion (1881 – McKenzie Bourbon), Martini (1880’s – McKenzie Distiller’s Reserve Gin), and the classic Sidecar (1907 – Finger Lakes Distilling Aged Brandy).  The seminar will feature local mixologists who demonstrate the making of the perfect cocktail. Click Here to Register!

Thursday, May 28:  Spirts, Beer, and Wine – A Panel Discussion

The last seminar of the Winter series will bring together a master distiller from Alabama, a winemaker from Germany, and the head brew master from the Wagner Valley Brewing Company.  Thomas Earl McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling, Jacob Altman from Ryan William Vineyards and Brent Wojnowski of Wagner will compose our distinguished panel that will discuss the similarities and differences of their time honored crafts. Click Here to Register!


Tickets are 35$ per guest and seminars will be capped at 40 guests.

All seminars will be held from 6-7:30 pm.  A light dinner will be served.