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.