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The Spirit of Business | Feat. Nahmias et Fils Distillery w. WTM
5:30 PM17:30

The Spirit of Business | Feat. Nahmias et Fils Distillery w. WTM

Join us for some perspective into the craft distilling industry at The Spirit of Business followed by tech demos from Westchester Tech Meetupstartups. This installment features Nahmias et Fils Distillery of Yonkers, NY followed by demos by Turbonomic and BingeWave.

The Spirit of Business Program

  • 5:30 - 6:30 | Networking w/ Food and Drink

  • 6:30 - 7:15 | A presentation and talk followed by Q&A from the founders of Nahmias et Fils Distillery

  • 7:15-7:45 | Nahmias et Fils Distillery tasting and conversation on featured spirit selections.

  • 7:45-9:00 | Tech Demos from WTMs selected new start-ups: FixFix and BingeWave

DISTILLERY PROFILE | Nahmias et Fils Distillery

Hudson Valley Master Distiller David Nahmias and his wife Dorit hand-craft their award-winning spirits with the finest, natural ingredients. They are proudly the sole producers of Mahia in the United States.

Dorit —a former foreign-exchange trader and Master Distiller David, a former computer-software engineer, who was raised in the small Moroccan town of Taznakht. His parents, Joseph and Tamou, and grandparents Saada and Moshe, distilled Mahia, a unique Jewish alcoholic beverage; following the Jewish exodus from the region, his dad became legendary for being the last Jew to remain in Taznakht.


Westchester Tech Meetup is a community-based initiative dedicated to bringing together entrepreneurs, technologists, and creatives to explore product development and collaborative innovation projects in the Lower Hudson Valley region. Founders and startup teams live demo products and solutions, and receive direct feedback from participants to support their bootstrapping, sprints and growth.

Startup summaries



Launched in 2010, Turbonomic delivers a hybrid cloud management platform that enables on-premises and public cloud to self-manage in real-time, thereby assuring performance, lowering cost, and continuously ensuring compliance. The Turbonomic patented decision engine curates workload demand to dynamically control resource supply, maintaining a perpetual desired state of application health. One of the fastest growing technology companies, Turbonomic is trusted by thousands of enterprises to simplify and accelerate their hybrid cloud journey. Recently named a Forbes Cloud 100 Company, an Inc. Fastest Growing Company, and a Deloitte Tech Fast 500 Company… and we’re just scratching the surface.


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BingeWave is an exciting and newer VOD service that better allows content creators to market and have more control over monetization of their projects through subscription based packages and advertising fees (Content creators, you decide the prices!). The mission of the company is to specialize in showcasing content created by and focused on underrepresented and misrepresented groups, therefore the content is more accurate and depictive in its representation. The vision of the company is to bring people together from diverse backgrounds through an educational and entertaining platform, servicing our subscribers, not just locally but globally through working with our media partners, network owners, content creators, and advertising partners.


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The Spirit of Business Series | Feat. Hudson Whiskey
6:00 PM18:00

The Spirit of Business Series | Feat. Hudson Whiskey

Join us for some perspective into the craft distillery industry at The Spirit of Business Series. This installment features Ralph Erenzo, one of the two co-founders of Hudson Whiskey & Tuthilltown Distillery Hudson Whiskey.

The Spirit of Business Program

  • 6:00-7:00 | A business presentation and talk followed by Q&A from Hudson Whiskey. 
  • 7:00-8:00 | Hudson Whiskey tasting and conversation on featured spirit selections.

Cost: $5 at the door


Fate is a fickle thing. In 2001, when we purchased the Tuthilltown Gristmill to open a rock climber’s ranch, the neighbors balked. So we had to find another way. The 240-year history of the mill led us to it. Grain, water, yeast and a new purpose: We decided to make whiskey.

With our own skills and a lot of hard work, we converted the two granaries into the first whiskey distillery in New York State since Prohibition.

We didn’t know anything about distilling whiskey. We decided not to think “out of the box.” Instead we burned the box and started fresh. For two years we traveled to distilleries and talked to experts around the globe. All the while building our distillery, acquiring our permits and waiting for our stills to arrive.

It took six months of experimentation to produce great, rich whiskey by hand, one batch at a time. Along the way we changed the way whiskey is made and we changed our lives.

The Industrial Revolution dies at the beginning of our driveway. We’re about handcrafted spirits. Our Distillerymen are always in direct contact with the materials and the spirit of the distillery.

From grain to glass, we take great care and pride in all of our spirits. We’ve captured local flavor and ambience using the agricultural resources of local farmers while leaving a smaller footprint on the environment.

Like true New Yorkers, we’ve toughed it out and thrived. Our staff is honored and thrilled to have been named “Best Artisan Distiller of 2010” by the American Distilling Institute. Just regular folk making whiskey that has earned its place on the top shelf. It was quite a climb, but it sure looks good from here.

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