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Meet the Makers: Hermit Woods Winery

Their Story

Hermit Woods Winery is in the quaint lakeside town of Meredith, New Hampshire. The winery came to be when Bob Manley, Ken Hardcastle, and Chuck Lawrence formed a partnership around a shared vision of producing the highest quality wines made from locally grown fruit and raw honey. They also operate a small organic vineyard in Sanbornton, New Hampshire, where they work with local farmers and pickers to find the best fresh fruit to make their wines. They have many wines in production, including apple, crabapple, blueberry, mead, kiwi, peach, pear, blackberry, and elderberry. With so many options and sourcing stories, it’s often said around the winery that every sip of wine tells a different story!

Enjoy a Visit and a Wine Tasting

Hermit Woods Winery offers a guided wine tasting every day, with no reservations required. For $16.95 per person, you get six one-ounce pours of your choice, conducted at the tasting bar.

Hermit Woods Winery also offers tours for groups of six or more people. The tours must be scheduled in advance. Tours are priced at $25 per person and include: a 30-minute tour of their winemaking facilities provided by one of the co-founders; a barrel sample; a tour button; and a sampling of six wines of your choice in their tasting room.

To schedule a tour, please send an email to: info@hermitwoods.com. (Tours are subject to the availability of the tour guide.)

For more information about Hermit Woods Winery, visit https://hermitwoods.com/.

Shop Hermit Woods Winery products at www.liquorandwineoutlets.com or in our outlets.

Smoky Quartz

Meet the Makers: Smoky Quartz Distillery

Smoky Quartz Distillery is a veteran-owned and -operated distillery located in Seabrook, New Hampshire. The distillery is named after a New Hampshire gemstone, smoky quartz crystal. All their spirits come from locally sourced New England grain and other US-sourced ingredients. Their grain-based products use organic certified grains, and their rum uses Grade A molasses from sugar cane. Smoky Quartz Distillery is dedicated to creating naturally superior tasting spirits.

Are you interested in an advanced tour?

Take a tour of the unique location — including a tasting, souvenir glasses, and a look at how their small-batch creations go “from grain to glass” — for $25. Book a tour for two here.

For more information about Smoky Quartz Distillery, visit https://smokyquartzdistillery.com/.

Shop Smoky Quartz Distillery products at www.liquorandwineoutlets.com.

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Meet the Makers: Tamworth Distilling

Tamworth Distilling began making its mark in 2015. Founder Steven Grasse found Tamworth, an idyllic town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, to be the perfect location for innovating and experimenting.

Today, the distillery draws inspiration and ingredients from the surrounding environment to craft a collection of uniquely flavored, “scratch made” spirits, including vodka, whiskey, gin, and infusions. From start to finish, each spirit is made from local, house-milled grain, pure White Mountain water, herbs and botanicals from the woods and their garden, and local fruits and vegetables. The 1,300-square foot distillery uses a 250-gallon copper still made by Kentucky’s Vendome Copper and Brass Works, a fourth-generation family business. Visitors say the still is hard to miss when you walk into the distillery. Recently, you might have heard of their newest limited release, crab whiskey, but New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet sells their standard line up of great NH-made products all year!

Interested in visiting?

Tamworth Distilling is open for safe shopping, tastings, events, and curbside pick-up.

Tamworth Distilling Hours:

  • Wednesday – Thursday: 12pm – 5pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
  • Monday – Tuesday: Closed

For more information about Tamworth Distilling, visit http://tamworthdistilling.com/.

Shop Tamworth Distilling products at www.liquorandwineoutlets.com.

Meet the Makers: Moonlight Meadery

Located in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Over the Moon Farmstead features panoramic mountain views and its very own meadery. Moonlight Meadery was started in 2010 by Michael Fairbrother, whose interest in meadery dates back to 1995 when he tried a cyser (mead that has been fermented with apple juices rather than water) for the first time. He quickly developed a passion and skill for producing international award-winning meads.

Moonlight Meadery’s mission is to produce ultra-premium meads. Since its opening in 2010, Moonlight Meadery has sold over one million bottles and received forty-seven international awards, making them one of the most awarded meaderies in the world.

“Mead to me is passion, it’s about living and love, it’s about enjoyment, family and friends, and sharing,” says Fairbrother.

Michael claims that mead and ciders are only as good as the quality of their ingredients and the passion of the maker. This is why Moonlight Meadery uses only True Source Certified or Certified Organic honey, which is traceable back to the hives and follows ethical sourcing guidelines. They also never pasteurize the honey they use, ensuring that the volatile aromatics of the honey are preserved in their meads.

For more information about Moonlight Meadery, visit https://www.moonlightmeadery.com/.

Shop Moonlight Meadery products at www.liquorandwineoutlets.com.

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