Sunday, April 20, 2014
Fans of Back River Gin know that it hasn't always been so easy to find.
In the early days, it was truly an artisanal product, made in small batches at Sweetgrass Farm Winery by husband-and-wife team Keith and Constance Bodine. Finding it in local stores often depended upon when the Bodines could make it down to Portland next, so if you were really hankering for a Back River martini, sometimes you had to make the two-hour trek to their out-of-the-way place in Union.
Then the awards started coming in. The Bodines began distilling other spirits, including whiskey and rum, and expanding their wine offerings. Last year, they completed a 4,000-square-foot addition to their distillery so they could make more whiskey and meet the increased demand for Back River Gin.
Now they are taking a big step toward connecting with their fans in southern Maine. On Valentine's Day, the Bodines will be opening a tasting room at 324 Fore St. (on the corner of Fore and Pearl Sts.) where you'll be able to try Three Crow Rum, Cranberry Smash, Apple Brandy, and their other products.
On the 14th, there will be free tastings and chocolate pairings from noon until 8 p.m. The chocolate half of the pairing will be provided by Dean's Sweets and Kupcake Inc.
Several nearby shops will be extending their hours and offering specials that day, including Vena's Fizz House, a mixology shop and soda bar just across the street from the new tasting room.Tweet
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.