Twin Stills Moonshine, the whiskey distillery that opened in Riverhead this year, is now selling its products at several Long Island liquor stores.
After opening in March and becoming an instant hit, owners Joe and Patty Cunha began to slowly distribute their moonshine to liquor stores interested in carrying their line. Some stores looking to offer a local spirit reached out to them, while the Cunhas approached other stores on their own.
“That started a month or two after we opened. I believe we’re in 10 or 12 liquor stores,” Mr. Cunha said. “Sometimes we’d be driving around and see a liquor store, so we’d stop and try to get in. We haven’t had much time to get into many stores because we’ve been so busy, but this winter we’re looking to get into a couple more.”
Vintage Mattituck Wine & Spirits, in Mattituck Plaza, reached out to the Cunhas about selling their moonshine. The store has a display devoted to East End products featuring other spirits made on the North and South forks.
“It’s doing really well. We just sold out the three varieties we had, so we had to reorder from them,” said Vintage Mattituck owner Paul DeVerna. “There’s interest in moonshine; there’s also interest in local spirits. The local spirit display at the front of our store gets a lot of attention.”
Other Long Island liquor stores selling Twin Stills include Michael’s Wines & Liquors in Riverhead; Simply Wine in South Seatauket; Mar-Kay’s Wines and Spirits in Port Jefferson Station; Long Island Wines & Spirits in Commack; and Main Street Wine & Liquor in Bay Shore.
Mr. Cunha hopes to get their moonshine into more stores and farmers markets next year.
“We self-distribute everything ourselves, so it’s a lot of work,” he said. “As busy as we’ve been over the summer and fall, there’s been little time for anything except making the product and serving people. We’re kind of learning the business as well.”
For a complete list of liquor stores offering Twin Stills Moonshine, visit twinstillsmoonshinedistillery.com.
Twin Stills Moonshine is located at 5506 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Call (631) 779-3199.