Grant expands in US with Hudson Valley whiskey deal

Scotch and spirits firm William Grant & Sons said it acquired Hudson Valley, New York-based Tuthilltown Spirits to expand its reach into craft American whiskey distilling for the first time.

William Grant’s portfolio of brands includes Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Grant’s, Hendrick’s Gin and Drambuie.

Considered the inspiration of the American craft whiskey movement, Tuthilltown produces a number of craft spirits including the award-winning Hudson Whiskey which was acquired by William Grant & Sons in 2010.

William Grant & Sons has now acquired the entire 36-acre Tuthilltown facility which includes the distillery that produces Hudson and a variety of other local craft spirits brands, the gourmet restaurant, visitor center and scenic grounds with riverfront views.

William Grant & Sons CEO Simon Hunt said: “In 2010, William Grant & Sons bought the Hudson Whiskey brand as we were not only attracted to the possibilities within the American whiskey category but in particular, the authenticity of the Hudson brand and the excellence of the whiskey; the same is true of the distillery.

“The entire team at Tuthilltown bring an incredible passion to what they do and possess an entrepreneurial spirit that we will whole heartedly encourage.”

The craft distillery founded by Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee quickly has won numerous industry accolades.

Hunt added: “Ralph will still be very much involved in the business on a day to day basis collaborating and experimenting with our team of distillery experts and Master Blenders.”

Erenzo said: “We’ve been working with William Grant & Sons for a number of years and look forward to building on that relationship to help Tuthilltown fully achieve its potential.”

The Hudson Whiskey range includes the flagship Hudson Baby Bourbon as well as Hudson Manhattan Rye, Hudson Single Malt Whiskey, Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, Hudson Four Grain Bourbon and additional seasonal releases.