Founder & Distiller
Ralph Erenzo

Ralph Erenzo is founder, distiller and partner of Hudson Whiskey, brining 35 years of production and development experience to the distillery. Prior to starting Hudson Whiskey, his business, Ralph built and managed New York City’s first public climbing gyms including The ExtraVertical Climbing Center on Broadway. His dream of a “climber’s ranch” near the largest rock climbing area in the East were set aside in
favor of producing high-quality spirits.

Ralph’s writing and commentary have been featured in national media including Op Ed columns for the New York Times. His work at the State level has resulted in the passage of the Farm Distillery Act, which permits New York farms to establish distilleries on site and sell their agricultural spirits at the farm. Born and raised a New Yorker, he realized his lifelong dream of settling in the Hudson Valley.