At 4 p.m. tomorrow, June 11, Boston Harbor Distillery officially opens its doors at The Port on Boston Harbor in Dorchester. The 11,000-square-foot space, which boasts pre-Civil War origins and 40-foot ceilings, includes the distilling facility itself as well as room for events, tastings, and merchandise that includes tools for at-home bartending enthusiasts.
The Boston Harbor Distillery team includes co-founders Rhonda Kallman and Corey Bunnewith. Kallman co-founded The Boston Beer Company, and Bunnewith is an alum of Drink and Coppa as well as the founder of a brand management firm, Inspired Beverage, that deals with spirits and wines. Boston Harbor Distillery's master distiller is John Couchot, a self-taught distiller who began brewing beer in his teens to get around that pesky age restriction on buying beer. He also has a background in pharmaceuticals, a field he eventually left to spend six years developing spirits at renowned Oregon brewery and distillery Rogue Ales & Spirits.
Boston Harbor Distillery's line of spirits will include a single malt whiskey, Putnam New England Whiskey; a molasses and maple syrup-based "alternative to rum" called Lawley's New England Spirit, available white as well as aged; Seymour's Coffee Liqueur, made from whiskey, coffee, and maple syrup; and Bostonian Whiskey, a line of limited-edition, seasonal distilled varieties of Samuel Adams beer.
The distillery will be open for tours hourly from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays ($10, which includes a souvenir glass). Weekday tours are also available upon request. For tasting and shopping, Boston Harbor Distillery will be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Here's a teaser video that shows a glimpse of the space: