Craft Brewery Profile: Boston Harbor Distillery
What do you get when a craft-brewing master moves into spirits? You get something like the Boston Harbor Distillery, the baby of Rhonda Kallman, who spent 25 years as a leader in the craft beer world before starting anew with a distillery, applying the same pioneering attitude to creating great spirits and liqueurs as she did to beer.
Located at the Port on Boston Harbor in one of the last mill buildings in Boston, the Boston Harbor Distillery is a testament to everything that makes crafting quality beverages great. All the elements of a great craft brewery are here, including passionate staff, fascinating tours and delicious tastings — just applied a little differently.
What’s on Tap?
While at Boston Harbor Distillery, you’ll want to enjoy the carefully crafted spirits that make BHD great. So you don’t feel too out of place from your normal craft brewery experience, you might want to try the Spirit of Boston, a series of spirits distilled from real Samuel Adams beer, like Thirteenth Hour Stout, New World Triple, Double Black Lager and Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout.
When you’re ready to broaden your horizons, try some Lawley’s Small Batch Rum, named for the George Lawley & Sons Shipyards, where multiple winners of the America’s Cup were born. This rum was aged in used Putnam New England Rye 53-gallon barrels for a finish of vanilla, caramel and bakeshop spice. Don’t miss the Putnam New England Rye Whiskey, an earthy rye with aromas of black pepper, sea salt and oak and baked apple, spiced pear and vanilla flavors.
Make Sure to Catch …
… cocktail tastings on a tour or at the cocktail bar, where you can sample several interesting mixes. Try the Ward 16, a mix of Putnam New England Rye, fresh orange and lemon juice and grenadine; Queen Mary, a blend of Spirit of Boston-New World Tripel with Buffalo Betty Bloody Mary mix; or the Triple Deck’ah, a combination of Lawley’s Small Batch Dark Rum with BHD Maple Cream and Coffee Liqueurs. The cocktail bar and other parts of the facility are open to the public every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.