I'm not the praying sort. If you are, though, you may want to keep Ralph Erenzo and his family in your prayers. Earlier this week, the New York distiller was in a car accident and remains in critical condition at St. Francis in Poughkeepsie.
Ralph is a tireless promoter of good spirits and his distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits, has earned international accolades. He and I haven't always agreed on the value of home distilling, but those disagreements have been always cordial and minor. Members of the American Distilling Institute will know him as a firebrand advocate for small craft distilleries and one of our finest representatives.
No, I may not be a praying man, but my thoughts are with Ralph, his son Gable, and the rest of the Erenzo clan. Ralph is a genuine American treasure and we hope he pulls out of this soon.
If you'd like to keep tabs on his progress, see the page his family set up with updates here.
Meanwhile, here's a short film of Ralph and Gable. It's a good introduction to those who don't know him and may bring a smile to those who do.
Cheers, old man.