Spirited Side Trips: Labor Day
Next Monday marks the unofficial end of summer, and millions of Americans will be hitting the road for the Labor Day weekend.
And if you’re going away for the holiday, in addition to swimming, shopping, and relaxing, we suggest you plan a side trip to visit a craft distillery. While there are plenty of brands that have opened in and around big cities, there are also a number near traditional vacation spots across the country. These companies produce a range of delicious spirits and provide amenities including tours, stores, and, of course, tasting rooms. (A carefully selected bottle makes an ideal host gift or a tasty souvenir, too.)
From New York’s Hamptons and Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, we’ve found lots of facilities for you to check out. Headed somewhere else? Consult the American Distilling Institute’s handy map, which offers listings in 47 states as well as Canada.
No matter where you are celebrating, we hope you have a spirited long weekend!
Some of these distilleries have set tour schedules, while others are by appointment only. Please call ahead before visiting.
Catskill Distilling Company, 2037 State Route 17B, Bethel, N.Y., 845-583-8569
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Del., 302-226-2739
Grand Traverse Distillery, 781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, Mich., 231-947-8635
High West Distillery & Saloon (pictured above), 703 Park Avenue, Park City, Utah, 435-649-8300
Kōloa Rum Company, Kilohana Plantation, 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii, 808-246-8900
Long Island Spirits, 2182 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow, N.Y., 631-630-9322
Newport Distilling Company, 293 JT Connell Road, Newport, R.I., 401-849-5232
Prince Edward Distillery, 9984 Route 16, Hermanville, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 902-687-2586