In 2009, Joe Myer and his brother, John, attended distilling conferences separately, without knowing it until after the fact. Capitalizing on their common interest, the duo opened Myer Farm Distillers on Cayuga Lake in 2012.
With a 650-liter copper pot still from Germany, the operation produces spirits from grain grown on a farm in Ovid that the Myers have owned and tilled since the Civil War. Current crops on the property range from barley to triticale, a cross between wheat and rye.
The distillery, where tastings also occur, boasts architecture inspired by Scottish stillhouses. Inside, visitors may sample vodka, corn whiskey and gin.
Myer sources fruit, herbs and spices from Finger Lakes farmers to make seasonal products, including ginger or blueberry-orange vodka. A strawberry-mint wheat spirit is in the works.
Tasting room hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday during the winter. Call ahead for exact hours.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Tasting fee: $3 for three samples.
Amenities: Producing spirits from estate-grown grain, including seasonal options.