Here is a full listing of the spirits Buffalo Distilling Co is making under the moniker "One Foot Cock":
- Bourbon Whiskey- Flagship whiskey made with local corn, wheat, and barley.
- Straight Bourbon- Bourbon barrel-aged for 2 years.
- Apple Brandy (not aged)- A style similar to French Calvados or Eau De Vie.
- Apple Brandy (aged)- Local apples double distilled and aged in oak barrels.
- Vodka- Truly special spirit made from start to finish in-house with local grains.
- Moonshine- A nod to their beginnings as moonshiners. Local corn base with a pinch of malted barley.
- Krupnik- Polish honey spiced liquor made with their own vodka base and local honey.
After all that liquor tasting, you probably need a snack! Buffalo Distilling Co has you covered. They have a small but thoughtful menu with sandwiches, pierogi, hot pretzels, and hummus.
For the love of local
When we met with head distiller Kevin Ford, he explained some different ways a distiller can navigate the craft spirits business. Some begin by purchasing already made alcohol and then aging, flavoring, and packaging the end product as their own. Others (including Buffalo Distilling) start at the very beginning of the process.
What does that mean?
- Purchasing grains
- Brewing the mash
- Pitching the yeast
Our goal is to provide both interesting and consistent content. In that light, we have chosen 5 questions to ask each of the artisans we visit.
Kevin Ford- head distiller edition Aug 9, 2018
1. How and why did you get started in this industry?
Kevin's dad taught him at a young age how to make beer. From there, his interests shifted to liquor and the distilling process. Kevin started home distilling about 2 years ago and then met up with a trio of moonshiners from Bennington, NY. This set of events laid the foundation for what is now Buffalo Distilling Company.
2. Do you have a favorite pairing, food or otherwise, with your creations?
Whiskey and good company!
3. What was the craziest thing you have made and what was the result?
Bacon Bourbon- Fat-washed bourbon madness made for a private party. Resulted in a smooth, salty, and smokey drink.
Experimental Coffee Liquor- In order to impart a smoky flavor, they used an aquarium air pump to intake smoke from smoldering maple wood chips and then injected it into the liquor. Neat!
4. Do you have a product you wish resonated more with your customers?
Apple Brandy- They make 2 varieties of traditional brandy, one is barrel-aged and one is not. The finished product is similar to a French Calvados and not the sweet, syrupy stuff used in Appletinis!
5. Other than your own, what are some of your favorite craft beverages?
After a hard day of drinking the hard stuff, Kevin reaches for a beer! He supports local businesses that love their craft as much as he does. A couple of his favorites breweries are his neighbor Flying Bison and nearby Old First Ward.
Did You Know?
The whiskey process starts with 1200 lbs of grain. That grain creates 500 gallons of mash. The mash is then distilled and only yields 30 gallons of whiskey for you and me!