Local Drink Sampler: Places to Get Alcohol Made Locally

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I never knew just how many local alcohol producers there were!  Instead of listing them all, I’ll provide you with the best lists I could find so you can explore.

Not sure where to start?

If you want to try New Hampshire made brews and wines I think the best place to look is the NH tourism site that has a list of breweries and wineries by region.  You can also search by town or by amenity.  Looking for something pet or family friendly? You can search by that.

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The description above the search gives you some advice like planning a trip along the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Trail.  Most of the wineries and breweries are clustered near the coast and most of the cheese makers are along interstate 91.  So you could do a cheese tour or a wine tour.  To get an idea of where a lot of alcohol is made in NH see this 2015 brewery map, courtesy of NH Tourism.  If you click on the link you’ll get a description of the company, its contact information, and learn a lot of cool facts about beer!


There are great resources in Vermont too.  Vermont Wine  is a great place to start.  You can search by wine type or even search for spirits.  You can also make a day trip of it and go on the VT Wine Trail.  Most of the vineyards are in the Burlington area.  There are three in Brandon and two in Montpelier, so a trip to either of these locations would give you a lot of wine to sample without a lot of driving around.

Just need a recommendation?

How about Jewell Towne Vineyards on the coast, the oldest winery in NH and considered one of the top 50 winery destinations in the country.  Wow, high praise!

There are two in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region for you to try: Haunting Whisper Vineyards in Danbury and Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse and Creamery in Meriden.  They’re about an hour away from each other.  I’d check out the Taylor Brothers and then wander over to Artisan Park in Windsor for some more cheese from the Cheeseboard, jam from Blake Hill, spirits from Silo or brews from Harpoon. Yum!  You can also check out the Top 5 distilleries from Trip Advisor or the Top 10 Wineries in NH from Trip Advisor too.

Award Winning and Stellar Quality Local Alcohol

Researching about local alcohol was really fun.

I learned that some of the best whiskey in the world is made in Shoreham, Vermont, called Whistlepig.  I loved learning about how they came to be and their accolodes in this Forbes article.

Did you know that RateBeer.com (the most popular and largest beer rating website) named a brewery in northeast kingdom of VT the best brewery in the world in 2013 and 2015 ?  People from all over trek to this small brewery that you can only get in Vermont.  Want to know more about Hill Farmstead’s beers and the story behind it?  Check out this cool article by Conde Nast Traveler.

Looking for some great vodka?  If you haven’t already checked out Silo in Windsor, you should definitely do that.  Next on my list is to try Smuggler’s Notch Distillery in Jeffersonville, which was named Vermont’s best distillery by locals in 2015 and made the list of Liquor.com’s best American made vodkas.   It is TripAdvisor’s #1 distillery based on reviews.  After reading some of the reviews I think I want to try the Maple Syrup Bourbon, and I don’t even think I like bourbon…  I think my favorite review said you can buy mini airplane size.  Yay!  I hope more distilleries, breweries, and wineries do this (if it’s practical) because I’d be more apt to buy it in small quantities.  They make great stocking stuffers!  #2 on the list is Vermont Spirits in Quechee.  Their Maple Spirit looks delicious.  I think I might find myself going there for a tasting sometime soon…

If you want to see the other distilleries in the top 10, click here.

The Ultimate Lists

Thrillist created an Ultimate list of Distilleries in New England.  I like the list because it’s easy to read, has a map of the state with distillery locations, has company and tasting information, and the type of alcohol they sell.   This is a go to list if you want to learn more about local products.

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There’s also what I would consider an ultimate list for breweries in New England too.  Brewery Map.com allows you to search for breweries within a certain number of miles from your zip code.  I started at 50 miles and received 39 results, but when I expanded my search to 100 miles I was overwhelmed with the 283 results I received.  So if you want to go exploring and try some new ales, check out this site to plan your next adventure.

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Happy exploring!

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