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Two Craft Distilleries Are About to Make Your Summer Better

Boston Harbor and Short Path distilleries will both open this month.

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The bar at Short Path Distillery under construction
The bar at Short Path Distillery under construction

The Boston area is about to get boozier: On Wednesday, June 10, Boston Harbor Distillery will open at The Port in Dorchester, its Instagram profile notes, while Short Path Distillery will soon open its doors in Everett. The latter craft distillery will launch its flagship gin and rum at a grand opening celebration Saturday, June 27.

Staking her claim in the beverage world as Jim Koch's founding partner at Boston Beer Company, Boston Harbor Distillery founder Rhonda Kallman has been working toward the new company's launch for three years. With a New England whiskey, a coffee liqueur, and spirits distilled from molasses and maple syrup, Kallman hopes Boston Harbor Distillery does for craft spirits what Boston Beer Co. did for lagers and ales, she told the website Inc. Distillery co-founder Corey Bunnewith, a Drink and Coppa alum, plans to offer a seasonal cocktail menu with Boston Harbor spirits and local bitters, shrubs, and produce, presented in a refined setting. The company's farm-distillery license allows for a bar on-site at 12R Ericsson St.

Short Path, founded by a chemist, a civil engineer, and a social butterfly, combines traditional distillation techniques with a scientific approach. The name "Short Path" has a dual meaning for the company. It is a scientific term for distilling done in a pot still, which closes the gap between where the wash evaporates and where it condenses. This process, employed by Short Path, makes for a more flavorful and complex distillate, according to its website. The name also represents the company's commitment to community.

The launch party at the end of this month will take place at Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St. in Everett, from noon - 9 p.m. with tours and tastings. After that, the new distillery will be open Fridays 5 - 9 p.m., Saturdays noon - 9 p.m., Sundays noon - 5 p.m., and weekdays by appointment.

In other booze news, GrandTen Distilling exceeded its $20,000 crowdfunding goal in April to bring a cocktail bar, Bar 383, to Dorchester.

Boston Harbor Distillery

12r Ericsson ST, Dorchester, MA 02122 (617) 533-7001

Short Path Distillery

71 Kelvin Street, , MA 02149 (617) 830-7954 Visit Website

GrandTen Distilling

383 Dorchester Avenue, , MA 02127 (617) 269-0497 Visit Website