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Branchwater Pear Brandy embodies the experience of eating a perfectly ripe pear. Made from 100% Bartlett pears grown in the Hudson Valley, we hand-sort and clean them for quality, then ferment in small batches at different stages of ripeness to capture the essence of the whole fruit. After distillation, the pear is held in stainless steel for a minimum of three months before it is cut with water from our family well, bringing it from 83% to 41% before bottling. It takes 10 pounds of pears to make each 375ml bottle.
From the Producer: When we first laid eyes on this farm in 2013, we knew how lucky we were to have found it. Kevin fell in love with its untouched nature and clear readiness for the right attention. Robin saw the beauty in having a big slice of earth to care for. She felt an immediate connection, a nurturing sense returned by the cradling valley itself. Its cedar forests, winding creek, and stony slopes reminded her of other spots she had known and loved. Both of us were drawn to the tenderness of the farmhouse and the potential of the old dairy barn. It’s now the place we and our children call home.We wanted to honor this farm by bringing to it an uncommon vision: To create an outpost of responsible land stewardship rooted in respect for tradition, quality, and craft. To transform this abandoned mixed farm through integrated, organic — and regenerative — practices. To pioneer this way of cultivating heritage grains as part of a reciprocal relationship with the land. And to craft spirits as the purest, most complex liquid expressions of place, using custom-designed and -built tools and unrivaled knowhow. Our hope is that by making the most expressive, terroir-driven spirits possible, we will draw you, too, closer to the land and a way of farming that has the power to change the world.We’re often asked why Branchwater Farms is plural. The answer is integral to who we are and what we aim to do. This was never going to be just a distillery, but an integrated group of micro-farms all cultivated in accordance with organic and regenerative farming principles. Even in the few years since we purchased the farm, it has become so much more. Our ecosystem now extends to friends and mentors near and far. They give us the encouragement and inspiration to farm as we do. In the process, we’re building bonds we hope will become exponential as more people learn about this work and the promise it offers for our planet’s future.
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