Myer Farm Distillers is nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, amid the thriving wineries of the Cayuga Wine Trail. The farm is located on what was originally part of Military Lot No. 13, the town of Ovid being among a group of towns in central New York State that were known after the Revolutionary War as Military Tract Townships. They designed the building to reflect the old distilleries of Scotland. With their pagoda topped stillhouse paying homage to Scottish malt houses, finished in hand-cut and chiseled wall stone, they hope to give you a taste of their attention to detail and craftsmanship, until your very own local single malt from Myer Farm Distillers is available to drink.
As a New York State Farm Distillery, they use International Certification Services certified organic grain from their own Myer Farm—one of the largest and oldest currently operating organic farms in the Northeast United States—to craft distill a range of spirits. At Myer Farm Distillers, they both plant the seed and produce the spirit.
Their ancestors, Andrew Dunlap and his brother-in-law Joseph Wilson were, in 1789, the first to settle the Town of Ovid. Andrew Dunlap is credited with being the first to plow land in all of Seneca County, while Joseph Wilson was one of a trio of couples to be the first married in Ovid. These pioneers also both had the earliest distilleries on record in the town. Their family has farmed in Ovid since as early as 1810 and have been working the land at their current location since 1868. John Myer, Vice President and Farmer, has a B.S. in General Studies in Agriculture from Cornell University, and Joe Myer, President and Master Distiller, owned and operated a pure-bred Holstein stud bull husbandry business, is a seasoned dairy herdsman, is an accomplished violinist and pianist, an award-winning fine arts painter, and a published poet. In the year 2012, brothers Joe and John drew from their deep roots and range of skills and talents to pioneer the marriage of farming and distilling with a commitment to develop the finest spirits available in the country’s artisan revival.