From Brewer to Biddeford, York to Gouldsboro, and Freeport to Union Maine you can traverse our beautifully scenic state sampling some of the finest hand crafted, small batch spirits anywhere in the world. Now along with Maine lighthouses and lobster shacks the Maine Distilling Industry is chockablock full of adventure and reward.
Like many of our amazing restaurants where you’ll find a bevy of locally raised, grown, sourced – even foraged ingredients on their menus, you’ll find the same attention to both detail and the use of local agricultural products in the craft spirits made by members of Maine’s Distillery Guild.
Maine Craft Distilling used over 300,000 pounds of Maine-grown malted barley and use over 20,000 pounds of Maine blueberries annually in its blueberry Blueshine and apples from Doles Orchard in Limington to make their Whipple Tree Apple Brandy. Liquid Riot Bottling uses hundred of pounds of Maine grains in its whiskeys each year, including Maine-grown rye and buckwheat even some homegrown sweet Maine corn in their bourbon. Cold River Vodka sourced and distilled over 1.4 million pounds of Maine potatoes for their vodka and gin. Split Rock Distilling in Newcastle make a horseradish vodka using horseradish grown on Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield. Their blueberry vodka is made with wild, lowbush organic blueberries from Elderflower Farm in Lincolnville. Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery where they go through 70,000 pounds of Maine-grown fruit and grains each year. Including apples for their cider and apple brandy from Hope Orchards; blueberries for their award-winning Back River Gin from Blueberry Valley Farm in North Union, and over 3,500 pounds of cranberries for their cranberry gin from growers in Washington County. Many of the herbs and botanicals used in Tree Spirits award winning Absinthe like — anise, fennel, wormwood, petite wormwood, hyssop and lemon balm — are locally sourced. Bartlett Spirits of Maine uses local apples, pears, berries and other fruit that make their way through crushing, fermenting and distilling grown in Maine. Nothing but 100% pure Maine maple syrup is used in Chadwick Craft Spirits. Some distilleries use Maine-grown, Maine-made white oak barrels to age their spirits to capture the best possible flavor of Maine. All while using some of the cleanest, best tasting water on the planet.
You can find the Maine Distillers Trail Map here and consider visiting some or all of us on your next trip to Maine. We’d love to see you.
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