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Waterman’s Distillery Opens in Apalachin

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Over 1,200 people attended the grand opening of Waterman’s Distillery this weekend. Located on Route 434, the distillery drew whiskey-lovers from around the region.

Waterman’s Distillery has been five years in the making. Inspired by a trip to Tennessee, owners Joe and Michelle Alig decided to bring a piece of the South home with them. The Alig’s transformed the former barn of beloved horse farmer, Fred Waterman into their new business. 

“One day Joe brought me here, pretty close to when we first met and said, “I have this barn,  I wanna show it to you, and I want to talk to you about what I want to do with it. What’s so fun is that a lot of the people that have come to visit have told us stories about playing in this old barn.” - Michelle Alig, owner of Waterman’s Distillery

The Alig’s have sold out almost 600 cases of their new ‘607’ whiskey, a tribute to Apalachin’s area code. Their line boasts flavors like Jalapeno Ginger and Maple Salted Caramel. Bartender Kyle Knoblaugh helped to create drinks like the ‘434’ that celebrate Waterman’s surroundings.

“They’re very unique with what they have so we wanted to create drinks that were unique not only to this area but we wanted to be able to provide everybody with some really cool flavors and really unique flavors that went along with their whiskeys.” - Kyle Knoblaugh, Bartender and Cosmologist of Waterman’s Distillery

As Apalachin’s only whiskey distillery, Waterman’s plans to expand to hold events and grow their brand.

“With the product they have and how unique they are, the sky is truly the limit. It’s been an amazing experience working with Michelle and Joe and just seeing what a great turn-out it is from everybody. This has been one of my better experiences in all my years of bar tending, for sure.” - Kyle Knoblaugh, Bartender and Cosmologist of Waterman’s Distillery