Marathon couple opens distillery featuring hand-crafted spirits

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A Marathon couple is hand crafting spirits from locally grown ingredients.

Dragonfyre Distillery opened in November near the Cortland County Town of Willet.

Vince and Donna Pedini built the distillery and tasting room which is decorated in a medieval, Olde English bard style.

Right now, they make Dragon Moon Shine which is a corn whiskey made of corn, water and yeast.

The corn comes from a farmer just down the road.

Vince says Dragon Moon Shine is some of the easiest drinking, smoothest corn whiskey you’ll ever try.

“Corn whiskey is a little more difficult to make. It has a tendency to be harsh, or ‘hot’ they say. The people who have been tasting our whiskey are usually rather surprised at how pleasant it actually is,” he said.

The Pedinis next plan to produce Dragon Moon Shadow which will be corn whiskey aged in oak barels which will give it the color and flavor of a bourbon whiskey.

Dragonfyre Distillery is open Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.

For more info and directions, go to DragonFyreDistillery.com.

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