Whistlepig Straight Rye
Five years ago, Whistlepig owner Raj Peter Bhakta bought an old Vermont farm, where he plans to produce a single-estate rye. For now, he sources stocks of 10-year-old ryes, which former Maker's Mark distiller Dave Pickerell blends to make this spicy, vanilla-scented spirit.
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Pau Maui Vodka
Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey
Black Forty Beer Co. Naked Pig Pale Ale
Medlock Ames Sauvignon Blanc
Not only are Medlock Ames's grapes certified organic, but the property is self-sufficient, too, with five ponds for collecting rainwater, solar-power arrays and a huge vegetable garden that produces many staff lunches. The winery building is essentially self-sustaining, with thick stone walls to maintain a cool cellar temperature and lots of windows to let in natural light. The structure is built on several levels, which permits the winemaker to move juice using gravity rather than pumps, a gentle method that prevents bitter flavors from developing.
Ridge Distillery Silvertip American Dry Gin
Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy Imperial Brown Ale
44 North Magic Valley Wheat Vodka
Alaskan Brewing Co. Winter Ale
Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale
Death's Door Spirits
"The wheat came first," says Brian Ellison of his spirits company. Death's Door makes an excellent, vanilla-flecked white whiskey, as well as a gin and a vodka; all three are distilled from a mash of Washington Island wheat (the gin even uses Wisconsin juniper). In just five years, Death's Door has helped the island's wheat fields grow from five acres to 1,200.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery
Centered around the 19th-century Gothic Revival house that contains the wine-tasting room, Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is home to a terrific restaurant called Farmstead, a seasonal farm stand and a nursery. As owner Ted Hall says, you can try the wine in the tasting room and pair it with heirloom tomatoes from the garden. Then you can go to the restaurant and have a salad made with those tomatoes, or walk over to the nursery and buy seeds to grow the tomatoes yourself.