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Julian Hom

Biography

Alleyway Ice Cream is a hidden gem and quite possibly the smallest ice cream factory in the country. Located in a former 80 square-foot cleaning closet of the The Village Inn, Alleway’s micro footprint is tucked away, fittingly hidden in an alley just off Partition Street in downtown Saugerties.

Woodstock native and owner Julian Hom, a 30 year-old photographer by trade, fell in love with ice cream making when he was gifted a Ben & Jerry’s cookbook as a teenager. While the book was an early catalyst for his interest in making ice cream, he... READ MORE

Alleyway Ice Cream is a hidden gem and quite possibly the smallest ice cream factory in the country. Located in a former 80 square-foot cleaning closet of the The Village Inn, Alleway’s micro footprint is tucked away, fittingly hidden in an alley just off Partition Street in downtown Saugerties.

Woodstock native and owner Julian Hom, a 30 year-old photographer by trade, fell in love with ice cream making when he was gifted a Ben & Jerry’s cookbook as a teenager. While the book was an early catalyst for his interest in making ice cream, he soon became, by his own admission “obsessed with understanding how exacting butterfat percentages impacted mouthfeel and building a unique base from which he’d develop new flavors inspired by his travels to over 40 countries including the Philippines, Egypt, China, and the Ukraine.

To legitimize his interest, Hom attended Ice Cream College at Penn State. The week-long course has ben taught for 150 years and has credentialed key players like Jenni Britton Bauer and Ben & Jerry. There he learned that his self-taught process was similar to those of the successful ice cream makers that inspire him. With the passion of a Michelin-starred line cook and the exacting precision of a scientist, Hom’s ice cream’s flavor profiles and texture have made him an overnight sensation in the sleepy Catskills hamlet. The only employee in the shop, he works nights making product and scoops all day for a steady line of up to 500 customers. Flavor highlights include:
• Wildfire with wintergreen, habanero, and smoked walnuts
• Earl Grey & Mom’s Scones (his mother actually bakes the scones for this flavor)
• Bluestone Latte (which uses coffee from his father’s coffee shop Bluestone Roasting Company located across the street from the ice cream shop)
• Black Sesame Caramel
• Sour Cream and Blueberry
• Ube Heath Bar Crunch
• Vegan Cold Brew with Magic Donut Dust

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