If you’ve never visited a distillery before, you’re not alone. I hadn’t either, until I took a road trip to one of my favorite areas of New Hampshire, the Monadnock Region. When you get there, head to the town of Winchester and step inside the New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery. It’s really cool to see what the owners are doing to capture the flavors of the region in their handcrafted spirits.
Located in historic Winchester
You’ll find Sweetwater Farm’s distillery right in downtown Winchester. You really can’t miss it. They bought an older, rundown building, renovated and refurbished it, and it’s now an anchor on Main Street.
Discover what goes into making handcrafted spirits
Talking with Patti, you really get a sense of the passion and dedication the team at Sweetwater Farm has for the products they’re producing. There’s nothing quite like being able to see the process first-hand, and of course sip a sample. It’s a rather scientific operation, add in the time needed to age spirits and it can be a bit time consuming too. But the end result is fine handcrafted spirits they’re proud to offer visitors who stop by.
Winchester’s Pickle Festival!
The Winchester Pickle Festival will be celebrating its 20th year this September 23rd, so be sure to mark your calendar. From music on the town common, to food and crafts, a parade and of course free pickles for all! The fall festival was started by Winchester resident Gary O’Neal as a way to celebrate the Polish heritage of the town. Check out their Facebook page @Winchesterpicklefest for details on this year’s events.
New Hampshire Distilleries
In your travels around the state be sure to keep an eye out for other places to try local New Hampshire spirts. Djinn Spirits is located in Nashua. Over on the Seacoast you’ll find Flag Hill Distillery in Lee, Smoky Quartz Distillery in Seabrook, and Tall Ship Distillery makes its home in Dover. If you head to Lakes Region, take a tour to see what specialty their crafting at Tamworth Distilling.