BIG NEWS in the American craft distilling industry: William Grant & Sons has bought producer Tuthilltown Spirits – New York State’s first distillery since Prohibition – for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition includes the distillery, gourmet restaurant, visitor center and grounds with riverfront views. Chief Executive Officer Simon Hunt, said: “In 2O1O, 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 craft distillery was co-founded by Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee, and its acquisition is described as a “logical addition” to William Grant’s US operations. Erenzo will still be involved in the business on a day-to-day basis collaborating and experimenting with the team of distillery experts and master blenders. Since it was launched in 2OO6, the Hudson Whiskey range – which initially consisted of Hudson Baby Bourbon – has expanded to include Hudson Manhattan Rye, Hudson Single Malt Whiskey, Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, Hudson Four Grain Bourbon as well as additional seasonal releases.