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In pictures: Hand-crafted booze movement gains momentum

The process is sometimes referred to as “grain to glass” — the beer-and-whiskey version of the foodie slogan “farm to table.” Both phrases imply a connection to fresh, local ingredients. Tuthilltown is part of a larger hand-crafted booze movement that has Woody Creek Distillers in Colorado growing its own potatoes for high-end vodka and Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh using local, organic heirloom rye

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Partner and co-founder Ralph Erenzo walks in the distillery room at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y. Some call it grain to glass, the booze equivalent of the local-food slogan farm to table, though in the case of the apple vodka made from Hudson Valley at Tuthilltown, its more like tree to tumbler. Whatever the name, its catching on.

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Distilleryman Brian Messina inspects a bottle of baby bourbon on the bottling line at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Distilleryman Brian Messina tops off bottles of baby bourbon on the bottling line at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Bottles of baby bourbon are lined up in the bottling room at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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New-make baby bourbon streams from a condenser to a holding tank before it is stored and aged at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Michael Chichetti, whiskey production manager, pours a bag of corn into a roller mill while making baby bourbon at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Matthew Schulze takes a break from moving barrels of baby bourbon at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Michael Chichetti, whiskey production manager, pours a bag of corn into a roller mill while making baby bourbon at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Barrels of baby bourbon are stacked at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Matthew Schulze fills a barrel with baby bourbon before it is stored and aged at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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Baby bourbon is bottled at Tuthilltown Spirits on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Gardiner, N.Y.

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