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East Glanville Maple Farm selling inventory, equipment for conversion into distillery – The Daily Gazette

GLANVILEY — The former Riverside Maple Farm will hold a clearance sale this weekend and next week, as the new owner extracts sugar and syrup to make way for whiskey and whiskey barrels.

Entrepreneur Tony Hines is converting a maple syrup facility into a craft distillery and collaboration. The operation will be marketed as a destination for the public to witness the small-scale production of spirits, watch the production of oak barrels, and taste the final product.

“The uniqueness of the project is that there is no place in the United States that manufactures both craft spirits and craft barrels,” Hines said.

“My interest in craft spirits is actually a company that makes whiskey barrels.”

The Glenville project will bring Hines’ barrel maker, Adirondack Barrel Cooperage, now in Remsen, along with Murray’s Fools Distilling Company, now to Altona.

Remsen, north of Utica, is a 90-minute drive to Hines, who lives in Glenville. Altona, west of Plattsburgh, is a 3-hour drive to Randall and Sarah Beach, co-owners of Murray’s Fools, who live in Schenectady.

Hines also plans an event venue on site and wants to build a rechouse—a warehouse in which barrels of spirits are aged. Many furnaces do not have such a place; He wants to rent them out to them, and plans to sell his barrels to them as well.

Hines’ day job is CEO of Precision Valve & Automation, the Halfmoon manufacturing firm he founded 30 years ago. But PVA is far from her only job, and she has had several other ventures over the years.

“If I see an opportunity and see something interesting I usually jump right in,” he said.

These sidelines include Create Orthotics and Prosthetics; Three machine and sheet metal shops to support PVA; and the Fast Break Fund, a nonprofit that supports athletic opportunities for special needs and disadvantaged youth.

A proud moment came in 2020, when PVA became the first firm that was not a medical device manufacturer to receive FDA approval for a medical device: a ventilator for COVID patients.

Hines also maintains a portfolio of real estate investments, for which longtime advocate Randall Beach is the great-grandson of the distillery’s namesake WHH Murray.

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(Murray’s writings in the late 180s prompted an influx of urbanites into the Adirondack wilderness, where locals called them “Murray’s Fools”.)

Adirondack Barrel Cooperage is seeing 30% annual growth over the years, and is on track to produce about 3,600 barrels this year. Hines expects it to become operational in Glenville by early 2023, with 20 to 25 employees.

The distillery will soon be on site with a staff of four to eight.

The first step is clearing out maple syrup production equipment and the rest of the inventory. The 7152 Amsterdam Road location will be open to the public on 26-28 November and 3-5 December from 10am to 2pm. After as much of the inventory as possible has been sold, syrup making and bottling equipment will be sold.

Riverside Maple opened in late 2017, but abruptly closed in early 2020 without explanation. Hines said it was a very well designed facility and business plan that piqued his interest for the reason.

“What I have seen, he has done a wonderful job,” he said.

“He intended to do something that would draw people to West Glanville. I intend to do the same thing but approach it from a different angle.”

Hines plans to attract people with an all-purpose venue for meetings, concerts, wedding receptions and other events. There will also be a demonstration of the process of making the whiskey and the barrel that holds it, which is more important than some people realize.

The wood chosen for barrel staves, the time the bitter tannins leave the wood, the purity of the water used to turn the staves, the degree of charring applied to the barrel – all of which leave an indelible mark on the spirits. Huh. inside the barrel.

“The barrel makes up 70% to 80% of the whiskey,” Hines said.

The walkway connecting Riverside Maple to Wolf Hollow Brewing will find continued use under the new ownership.

“Instead of a beer-maple trail it’s going to be a beer-whiskey trail,” Hines said.

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