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Ellicottville Distillery to Host Vintage Motorcycle Event

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By Deb Everts

Motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity enjoy a vintage motorcycle event at the Ellicottville Distillery from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 on the grounds of the distillery.

Distiller Bryan Scharf said this is the first time the distillery has hosted the event, noting they have 10 vintage motorcycles registered so far and expects more to show up. Although there’s no deadline to register, Scharf said he would appreciate registrations to determine how many bikes to expect.

Registration is $10.

“For vintage, we are looking at anything 25 years and older,” he said. “There will be prizes for first, second and third place for the best vintage bikes. The awards will be people’s choice, so whoever comes to the event can get tickets to vote for Best Bike.”

Scharf said the idea for the event came from a man who visited the distillery and pitched the idea of having people bring their vintage motorcycles to the distillery for display and awards.

“He did most of the legwork to get the bikes here and we have plenty of space. The distillery owns three acres and I own another 17 acres that adjoin it,” he said.

Musical entertainment will be provided by The Hick Ups, a local bluegrass and country band from The Southern Tier. With their three and four part harmonies, the band mixes traditional bluegrass, old country and rock songs into good-time music. Local food vendor KB Foods from Salamanca will be at the event with their food truck.

“I’ll be setting up at the distillery at noon, so people are welcome to come then, if they wish,” he said.

The Ellicottville Distillery officially opened its doors for business in October 2016. In addition to being chief distiller, Scharf also manages the distillery and is in charge of most of the day-to-day operations. His partners, Charlie and Liz Bares of Ellicottville, own the farmlands where the corn and barley crops are grown making the distillery self-sustaining and allowing it to operate independently. Scharf said the ability to grow their own products sets them apart, unlike most distilleries that buy commodity grain.

The distillery currently offers the more traditional corn whiskey, bourbon, vodka and the Honey Spirit introduced last December, but Scharf has recently added two new products — a gin and Appleshine.

“If you’ve ever had Apple Pie Moonshine, it’s a lot like that,” he said.

Scharf said they will be celebrating their second year with an anniversary party Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 7 p.m.

The Ellicottville Distillery is located at 5462 Robbins Road near Ashford Junction. Public tastings are currently held on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and have been extended to Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the distillery at 597-6121 or visit online at ellicottvilledistillery.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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