Whether you prefer your liquor straight or mixed in a creative cocktail, there’s no better way to unwind than with a drink! If you’re in New England, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to try some of the best local spirits crafted in Maine. You can even visit a tasting room to sample flights or buy bottles. Read on to learn about some of the best Maine distilleries. Then, check out our Vacation Guide for more great insight on the best attractions in the Downeast region.
5 of the Best Maine Distilleries
1. Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery
Distance from Pilgrim’s Inn: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery is not only known for its wine but also their Rusticator Rum. They managed to capture the rustic air that seems to abound along the coast of Maine. Savor aromas of vanilla, toffee, and cigar smoke along with subtle hints of lime and banana. The warm flavors of vanilla and brown sugar leave behind a sweet finish.
2. The Northern Maine Distilling Company
Distance from Pilgrim’s Inn: 1 hour and 15 minutes
While the Northern Maine Distilling Company is not open to the public for visits, it’s worth mentioning due to their popular brand of vodka, Twenty2. They’ve won 12 awards in some of the United States’ most prestigious tasting competitions and is the nation’s most-awarded Vodka!
3. Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery
Distance from Pilgrim’s Inn: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery boasts an impressive selection of award-winning wine and spirits. Their Black River Gin is one of their most notable due to unique ingredients, Maine blueberries! You might also like Maple Smash, a barrel-aged brandy made with maple syrup or Three Crow Rum, a molasses-fermented rum with hints of caramel and butterscotch.
4. Split Rock Distilling
Distance from Pilgrim’s Inn: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Split Rock Distilling pride themselves in their ability to create hand-crafted, organic spirits ranging from blueberry vodka and white whiskey to bourbon and horseradish vodka. Connoisseurs can taste the difference in their clean flavors that feature botanical notes. Visit the tasting room for creative cocktails, tasting flights, or bottle purchases!
5. Maine Distilleries LLC
Distance from Pilgrim’s Inn: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Maine Distilleries LLC is known for its Cold River Vodka that captures “the spirit of Maine.” They also make other liquors such as Distiller’s Reserve, and Traditional Gin! While the distillery is not open to visitors, you can find their spirits at various bars and other establishments throughout the state of Maine.
Enjoy Local Spirits at Pilgrim’s Inn
You can enjoy some of the best local spirits without visiting a Maine distillery when you stay with us at Pilgrim’s Inn! We serve high-quality, local beverages at the bar for guests to enjoy! You can spend a quiet evening tucked away playing board games or chatting with your significant other, family, or friends. Stay in a cozy room such as Room Eight and admire views of the Northwest Harbor from your window. We also treat guests to a homemade breakfast each morning! What are you waiting for?