The Finger Lakes Distilling story begins in 2007, when Brian McKenzie of Elmira, N.Y., met Thomas Earl McKenzie of Monroeville, Ala., at a craft distiller’s conference.
The two men aren’t related, but they did discover they shared a passion for high-quality, distilled spirits.
Brian, a former bank vice-president, had experience in finance and was interested in starting his own business. Thomas Earl’s background included wine-making, brewing, farming and consulting for distilleries. It was a fateful meeting - and a great match of talents to start a new distillery.
Today, they are well on their way to realizing a dream of working with good friends and family to create products they can offer with pride.