Ariel Schlein - Founding Partner & President
Ariel Schlein is spearheading the vision behind Dutch’s Spirits. An avid triathlete, Ariel has spent years swimming, cycling, and running the Hudson Valley, spawning a well-worn love affair with the land. Owing to his friendship with Alex Adams, his passion for the region and its history blossomed through the discovery of the treasure that lay beneath Harvest Homestead Farm. His free time is spent furrowing through old newspapers, maps, and photo libraries, cornering archeologists, or exploring Dutchess County’s burgeoning food, wine and spirits landscape. As a Senior Portfolio Manager at a Manhattan-based asset management firm, Ariel had spent his career studying the effects of global macroeconomics on businesses large and small. He lives with his wife and son near the farm, in Dutchess County.
Alex Adams - Founding Partner
Alex Adams was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, a short drive from Pine Plains where his family farm – Harvest Homestead Farm – has lain for eighty years. His father, a prominent local land use attorney, was raised near the farm alongside four siblings, two of whom currently call the town home. Alex’s grandfather worked the land as a young “potato harvester” when the original distillery was in production. Currently the Vice President for a Manhattan-based real-estate development firm, Alex tries to escape to a lake cottage in Pine Plains as often as possible during the summer.
Ethan R. Kelley - Sales & Marketing
Ethan Kelley has 18 years of full time experience behind the bar – from nightclubs and pubs to high-end lounges and cocktail havens. Most recently, he was the Beverage Director for Brandy Library in TriBeCa, Manhattan – one of the most revered spirits collections in the world. A well-respected teacher on the subject of spirits, Ethan has developed spirits lists for notable bars and restaurants across the country, and instructed members of the industry from bartenders, marketing professionals, and sales forces. Every once in a while you may see him show up behind a bar. For as they say, you can take the boy out of the bar, but you can’t take the bar out of the boy.