1840One thousand commercial distilleries operate in the Hudson Valley.
1855Social pressure from the Temperance movement forces most distilleries to close.
1919Prohibition begins – alcoholic beverages made illegal in the United States.
Early 1920sMany fruit producers distill bootleg alcohol to supplement incomes decimated by the importation of cheap fruit to New York City.
Late 1920sLocal bootlegging well established in Marlborough under the control of gangsters Jack "Legs" Diamond and "Dutch" Schultz.
1933Prohibition repealed, and while alcohol production is once again legal, high license fees are installed to regulate producers. Bootlegging continues as producers attempt to avoid the fees.
1950-1970Bootleg distilling slowly fades as police increase their diligence and sophistication at finding hidden stills.
2000The fee to operate a distillery in New York State reaches $50,800 per year.
2003New York State enacts the Micro-Distillery Act, lowering the fees on small (<35,000 gallons per year) distilleries to $1,200.
2007New York State enacts the Farm Distillery Act, allowing direct sales and tastings at distilleries that make their distillates from 100% New York State ingredients. It also lowers the license fee to $128.