"Homegrown, handcrafted In The Thousand Islands"
In northern New York on the water-ways of the Thousand Islands is Clayton Distillery, the region’s first micro-distillery. They have been distilling a full line of fine craft spirits with locally grown fruits and grains since they first opened their doors in 2013.
Clayton Distillery was founded by Mike Aubertine, Roger Howard and Mike Ingerson after Mike Aubertine sold most of his interest in the architecture firm he founded. They broke ground for their sustainability-minded distillery in July 2012 and charged through until their doors opened in April 2013. They spent their first summer as meticulous students of the distillation process, refusing to stop learning until they got it right.
Get it right they did. The secret? All of their craft spirits start at the 400-acre, fifth generation Aubertine Farms where founder Mike Aubertine grew up. An active dairy farm until 2006, they now grow corn, rye and alfalfa. If they don’t grow it, it’s sourced from other New York producers, giving their products N.Y. freshness you can taste.