From blueberry maple moonshine and horseradish vodka to rye whiskey and even absinthe, Maine craft distillers have been busy in the last decade, opening more than 15 craft distilleries in the state. One of our favorites is a short drive from our Kennebunkport boutique hotel, with two locations worth visiting in York. Wiggly Bridge Distillery opened in 2013 as its owner David Woods and his son wanted to make their own whiskey. The Woodses not only make two kinds of whiskey today, but also two rums, vodka, and gin. Visit one of Wiggly Bridge Distillery's two tasting rooms in York to sample their spirits and learn about the distilling process as interpreted by these Maine entrepreneurs.
The original location is on Railroad Ave. in downtown York Beach—an unlikely spot for a distillery, mixed in with fudge and t-shirt shops. But Woods found it to be popular with the tourists that flock to this Southern Maine beach town. The small shop has a single still that was once the businesses' only one, but is now used exclusively to infuse Wiggly Bridge gin with its signature botanicals. The back of the shop has a small tasting bar, where you can sample the full line of spirits and order a variety of cocktails. The Marmalade Manhattan is a big hit with customers, mixing Wiggly Bridge small barrel bourbon with orange marmalade for a sweet and citrusy drink.
Wiggly Bridge's second and larger location opened in 2016, in an old restored barn on Route One in York. The barn was built in the late 1880s and was most recently a hardware store. Woods and crew renovated the barn for more production space, now housing two stills, a tasting room bar, retail space, and even an event space. With tons of natural light and beautiful exposed post and beam construction, the barn is a great place to relax with a drink. Pick up a bottle of bourbon to make your own at home or a variety of shirts, hats, and barware to memorialize your visit to Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York.