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Celebrating the holidays with a special Polish spirit made in Buffalo

Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 06:25:50-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — If you've celebrated Dyngus Day in Western New York, chances are you've tried Krupnik. The Polish honey liquor is especially popular around Easter, but it's also a big hit around Christmas.

Because it's so popular, the Buffalo Distilling Company does something special with their product this time of the year.

"We take our Krupnik, and we put it in spent bourbon barrels, and we age it for 12 months in bourbon barrels," explained Roy Bakos, who is the Director of Hospitality and Pleasures for the Buffalo Distilling Company.

It's the company's year-long commitment to make a holiday favorite, and it has a flavor nothing like the original.

"The roads go like this - the original is the sweeter, lighter, then the barrel aged is more like a whiskey," explained the President of the Buffalo Distilling Company Andy Wegrzyn. "So the whiskey guys say they like this."

If you want some, you have to act fast. Because of the time involved, the distillery only makes about 500 bottles each year.

"That's it. It's super limited. Because it does take time," said Bakos."It's a product that gets a lot of love and attention," said Head Distiller Kevin Ford. "Which is a luxury we have as a small spirits provider."

When you buy from the Buffalo Distilling company, you're buying local - in many ways.

"98 percent of our raw materials are from New York State. 95 percent of those are from the five counties around Buffalo," said Bakos.

"We're bringing in grains from right here in Buffalo, and putting out a product right here in Buffalo. And that's important to us," echoed Ford.

To learn more about the company or check out their products, visit their website here.