TWDJust up the street from where I am in New Hampshire, work is underway to build a distillery in the charming village of Tamworth. Yes, a distillery, where they make things like whiskey. This is very exciting news for the small batch fanboy that is me.

Opening in early 2014, The Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile will bring the growing trend of small rural distilleries to the foothills of the White Mountains and I for one can’t wait.

About Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile: “Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile will be built on the site of the historic Tamworth Inn, located in the center of Tamworth Village. A section of the Inn will be preserved to ensure the history of the town lives on, while the remaining space will be devoted to a carefully constructed micro-distillery. Our enterprise will be a small-scale test distillery where we’ll create farm-to-bottle spirits in a range of categories, from whiskies to gins and vodkas to historical spirits like applejack. Most everything will be made from New Hampshire crops. In addition, we will further distinguish ourselves from other distilleries, through a line of farm-to-bottle botanical extracts, essential oils, perfumes and edibles.”

wprMeanwhile, the folks over in neighboring Vermont have a head start with Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey.

About Whistle Pig: “Whistle Pig produces a 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process. Whistle Pig was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, earning 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, their highest rating ever for a rye whiskey, a ‘highest recommendation’ from Spirits Journal, as well as accolades from The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Forbes, Maxim, Imbibe Magazine, and many others. These extraordinary honors “humble and set a high bar” for Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. Whistle Pig embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting “the sweet spot” in all three categories. In short: more rye, all the proof, and the perfect age. All in. Full stop.”

Read more about Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile here.

Learn more about Whistle Pig here.