Archive for the ‘Distilling & Cocktails’ Category

MCD Fifty Stone

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The Whisky Advocate. has published a brief write-up on Maine Craft Distilling’s Fifty Stone.

Along with Westland in Seattle, Maine Craft Distilling is one of the few American distilleries using locally sourced peat to make single malt whiskey. Peat is an abundant resource in many parts of the world, reflective of the local plant life and terroir. We look forward to more distilleries experimenting with local peat—the taste profiles should all be quite unique.

Local Spirits x 2

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Yesterday’s Maine Sunday Telegram included an article the rise of craft distilleries and their use of locally farmed products to make their spirits.

Maine craft distilleries, following in the footsteps of craft brewers, are using more local agricultural products in their spirits. Two years ago, Maine Craft Distilling bought 26,000 pounds of Maine-grown malted barley; this year, Davidson expects to go through 312,000 pounds. The distillery also uses 20,000 pounds of Maine blueberries annually in its blueberry moonshine.

New England Cocktail Conference

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Tickets for the New England Cocktail Conference went on sale this morning. You can see the full program on the NECC website.

Ticketed events include:

F&W Cocktails: Andrew Volk

Thursday, April 21st, 2016


The 2016 Food & Wine cocktail book includes a set of 3 recipes (Norseman, In Cold Blood and Mexican Tricycle) from Hunt & Alpine c-owner/bartender Andrew Volk.

Best Bars: Hunt & Alpine

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Hunt & Alpine has landed on the list of the Best Bars in America.

Portland’s first craft-cocktail bar continues to shine with a deep cocktail list that spans from approachable to geeky. There’s a smoky spin on a Negroni made with Cynar, tequila, mezcal and Fernet Branca and the simple Green Eyes: a gin sour sharpened to a keen edge with a healthy splash of green Chartreuse.

Aguardiente de Agave

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Squirrel Farts has posted an article about and tasting notes on Aguardiente de Agave, the newest spirit from Liquid Riot Bottling Co.

Aguardiente de Agave is Liquid Riot Bottling Company’s latest spirit offering, releasing this Friday, November 20th, 2015 at the brewery/distillery/restaurant on Commercial Street in Portland. Roughly translated as “Agave Firewater,” this is an 80 proof spirit made from 100% organic blue agave syrup. So, it’s pretty much tequila.
Except you can’t call it tequila.
I’ll explain.

Aguardiente de Agave is being released noon tomorrow.

Imbibe: The Maine Event

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

imbibe2015ndImbibe magazine has published a feature article on Portland in the November/December issue of the magazine. The article addresses Portland evolving cocktail scene, distilleries and breweries as well as touches on coffee roasters, retail shops and restaurants.

Mentioned in the article are: Allagash, Austin Street, Bissell Brothers, Bunker, Central Provisions, Cold River, Eventide, Foundation, Geary’s, Gritty McDuff’s, Hunt & Alpine, Liquid Riot, Maine Maine Craft Distilling, Mead Works, New England Distilling, Novare Res, Rising Tide, Shipyard, Sur Lie, Tandem Coffee, The Bearded Lady, Three Dollar Deweys, Urban Farm Fermentory and Vena’s Fizz House.

Vena’s Fizz House has a small stack of the new issue on sale at their Fore Street store.

Temperance Cocktails

Friday, August 7th, 2015

This week’s Phoenix includes a set of articles on non-alcoholic drinking options including a report on the “peaceful coexistence” of mocktails and cocktails in Portland.

Maine ♥ Allen’s Coffee Brandy

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

allensPunch has published an article about Allen’s Coffee Brandy.

To call the stuff a cultural phenomenon in Maine is an understatement. Statistically, one in eight bottles of alcohol purchased in Maine is Allen’s. The top-selling spirit in the state is the Allen’s 1.75-liter bottle, and its sales dwarf those of the number-two contender, Orloff Vodka. Overall, the coffee brandy occupies four out of the ten top-selling SKUs in the state, with popularity decreasing by the size of the bottle. On YouTube, you’ll find songs detailing nicknames for the product: The Champagne of Maine, Bitch Whiskey, the Trailer Park Toddy.

Maine’s Craft Distillers

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The March issue of Maine magazine includes a feature on the state’s growing craft spirits industry.

The forerunner of the temperance movement is now home to some of the most exciting names in craft distilling. With source ingredients from the humble potato to the wild blueberry, these forward-thinking companies are bringing locally grown products off the farm and into your flask.

Portland Spirits Society

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Maine Today has published an article about the Portland Spirits Society.

But with the formation of Portland Spirits Society (and the not-so-tough work of distillery visits and repeated sampling) McCarty aims to turn that ignorance into educated appreciation for herself and any other Portland-area women interested in learning more about their booze.

Judging by the early enthusiasm for Portland Spirits Society, there are a lot of women who are interested.

Women aren’t happy to just drink Stoli any more, she joked. Instead, women are saying, “I’d be interested to know how (liquor) is made and who’s making it,” just like so many locals already do with their food.

Whiskey and the Old Fashioned

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

2015-01-22_6-27-22Andrew Volk, co-owner of the Hunt and Alpine Club, appeared on WCSH’s show 207 earlier this week along with Jim Britt from Eat Drink Lucky to demonstrate how to make an Old Fashioned and talk about the increasing popularity of whiskey.

New Spirits from MCD

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Sprigge-Tashtego-(600x800)Maine Craft Distilling has announced the upcoming launch of two new products:

  • Sprigge is a version of Alchemy gin aged in MCD’s whiskey and rum oak barrels. “The combination of used whiskey barrel and Alchemy Gin creates a hearty, full flavored spirit combining hints of juniper with the barrel richness of vanilla.”
  • Tashtego is a pot distilled white rum named for a harpooner in the Melville’s Moby Dick.

Both will available for sale starting this Saturday at Maine Craft Distilling’s tasting room on Fox Street and in Freeport.

NED Bourbon

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

ned_bourbonNew England Distilling has produced their first batch of Bourbon. It’s now aging in American white oak barrels and will be on store shelves sometime in early 2016.

H+A Saffron Sour

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Imbibe magazine has featured Hunt + Alpine owner Andrew Volk’s cocktail the Saffron Sour as part of their 25 Days of Holiday Drinks series.