Roger Connor

Roger Connor

News Anchor

Paula Young hosts “Public House” – intimate conversations with people making a difference in the Hudson Valley.

Paula’s Public House


Paula’s Public House

Paula’s Public House in Poughkeepsie recently opened on the site of the well-known Mulligan’s Irish House in the Red Oaks Mill section of town.  It’s proprietor, Paula Young, has completely re-imagined the old, dark Irish pub into a bright, homey, comfortable pub and bar with a “food is love”-conceived menu.

Dutch’s Spirits President and Co-Founder Ariel Schlein with CEO Lydia Higginson

Paula’s Public House is also the setting for “Public House”, a series of intimate conversations with people making a difference in the Hudson Valley. This segment was recorded in front of the restaurant’s beautiful stone fireplace. Paula’s guest is Hudson Valley resident Lydia Higginson, Chief Executive Officer of Dutch’s Spirits in Pine Plains, NY.

Built on Dutch Schultz’s Prohibition Era hidden moonshine distillery, Dutch’s Spirits follows in the footsteps of thousands of farm distilleries that once dotted the landscape before Prohibition— bringing added value to Dutchess County crops, invigorating the local community and creating a destination for visitors to explore and enjoy.   Through a Farm-to-Bottle approach, Dutch’s Spirits is reclaiming their farm’s rich soil to produce the corn and grains in the very place where they will be distilled and bottled.  And as they plot their gardens and build new greenhouses, Dutch’s Spirits will again look to the land to provide fresh produce for our upcoming farm kitchen and seasonal farm stand.










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