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Four miles east of the Hudson River, in the valley between the Catskill and Berkshire mountains, lies third-generation apple farm, Golden Harvest Farms. Established in 1954, the farm grows over 20 varieties of apples on 200 acres. New York's first farm distillery, Harvest Spirits was established in 2007 to put surplus apples to use; they take on a second life as vodka, Applejack, and specialty brandies. Apples are pressed year round on an antique rack-and-cloth press, fermented into hard cider in stainless steel tanks, and then distilled in a single 100 gallon pot still. This smooth, warming Applejack is made from hard cider that is twice distilled in small batches. Aged for three years in 50-gallon bourbon casks, it is then finished in 15-gallon quarter casks for additional barrel color and flavor. More akin to a bourbon whiskey than a brandy in character, this makes a great gluten-free alternative to rye or bourbon. The faintest rumor of sweetness adds softness to the finish.