A letter from the crew:
We feel very strongly that technology has its place and so too does history. Distilling is one of those crafts that offers a unique meeting ground between history and technology, art and science. There is no doubt that amazing spirits have been produced on the simplest of pot stills as well as the most high tech column still. When we're creating something, we want to get close to it, get our hands on it and get involved; we'd rather turn a valve than press a button. We believe that every valve turn, every flame adjustment, and every hand turned mash adds to the final product like a brush stroke. At New England Distilling we blend history and technology, with a little more history maybe. You see it in our art work, in our distillery and experience it in our products.
Our whiskeys, rum, and gin are distilled from grain grown in New England and the Midwest, our rum from Caribbean molasses, and we ferment our wash with yeast harvested from Maine Beer Company.
At the heart of New England Distilling is a pair of custom designed, hand-made copper pot-stills. The design of the stills allows us to produce robust whiskeys and rums alongside clean, crisp gin. The stills are heated with direct fire which creates more caramelization and Maillard reactions in the pot leading to a more complex, robust spirit. The spirit leaves the pots and passes through a pair of thumpers, driving the proof up and picking up flavor compounds on its way to the worm where it is cooled and condensed back into a liquid. The spirit is collected as it leaves the worm, and matured in oak barrels or, as with our Ingenium Gin, allowed to rest a while and get its wits about it before bottling.
We traveled to Maryland to rescue several racks from the last standing rick house of the Sherwood Distillery and put them back to work. Now, our barrels rest on the same racks as those my great grandfather laid down.
We hope to see you soon,
Just so you know, we love visitors.
Starting on the hour, Monday-Friday 1-5pm, Saturdays 12-6pm.
No reservations necessary!
$5/person, includes a tasting.