About Us

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1941
Our Mission

Triphammer Wines and Spirits’ mission is to provide an unparalleled customer experience through unique educational opportunities and innovative tasting programs in an atmosphere that is at all times professional, approachable, and efficient. We share our passion for providing outstanding local, domestic, and imported wines and spirits at competitive pricing through responsive customer care executed by a highly educated, meticulously trained, and experienced team of experts.

In an effort to educate and provide a unique customer experience, we offer free weekly wine (and occasional spirits) tastings every Friday from 4-7pm and some Saturdays at our elegant wine bar (click HERE for details). Receive 10% off featured wines poured during tasting hours. For updates regarding our tastings and other special events you can check in with us via our website, Facebook page, or Twitter @TriphammerWines.

Our History

Triphammer Wines and Spirits began as Crowley’s Liquor Store in 1941 at 222 ½ S. Cayuga Street in Ithaca, New York. The store was founded by Julie’s grandfather Al Crowley, a well-liked businessman with a good sense of humor. After a number of years in the restaurant business he was ready for a change of pace. Al sold the successful Crowley’s Restaurant in 1940, bringing with him a loyal following. A picture of the original Crowley’s restaurant can be seen inside the Gateway Commons location of Julie’s second business, Ithaca Coffee Company. When Al became sick, Julie’s grandmother Margaret took over the business with help from Julie’s father Bob Crowley.

Bob Crowley took over Crowley’s liquor in 1962. With his mother Margaret’s blessings, Bob moved the business from South Cayuga Street in Ithaca to the new Triphammer Plaza in Lansing, NY and rebranded as Triphammer Liquor. Over the next 50 years Bob proved to be an astute businessman, growing the business from a small liquor store to a significant retailer of both wines and spirits that evolved with the trending interests locally and nationwide. Bob brought in wines from around the world and was an early supporter of Finger Lakes wines. Although Bob passed away in 2013, he is still remembered as the heart and soul of the business, as he did it all – from ordering to stocking to running the registers. He was known to be social and enjoyed chatting with customers.

In 2002, Julie Crowley returned to Ithaca to take over the family business and rebranded as Triphammer Wines & Spirits. Julie has remained committed to the same high quality of customer service and extensive selection as her father. Taking after her father’s pioneering spirit, she continues to grow and expand the business adding features such as a full wine tasting bar for weekly tastings, state of the art wine tasting machines for daily tastings, and other unique features to enhance customer service. Julie is also committed to continued development of her already seasoned staff, investing in their travel and educational classes and events to expand their knowledge.

IIn addition to running two businesses located in Ithaca and Lansing, Ithaca Coffee Company and Triphammer Wines and Spirits, Julie invests in the community in many other ways. She has served on the board at Challenge Workforce Solutions, the Tompkins Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York. She is also the founder of the annual Alzheimer’s benefit gala, “An Evening to Remember”, which has been held annually since 2007. For more information on the gala please visit www.ithacagala.com.