One distillery in Boston, Bully Boy, is an example of this exploding market. We went for a tour on a chilly Saturday, October afternoon. The distillery is in Roxbury, which is south of Boston proper. The random location was a little challenging to locate, as there are no signs. Don’t fret! Locals will point you in the correct direction.
Please note that Bully Boy isn’t a “fancy” distillery. Dress for the temperature! The tour occurs in an actual production facility. This is not a fancy tasting room. But do not let this detour you from visiting. If you visit, you will see a relatively new craft distillery. THIS is how it’s done from the beginning! The hour-long tour began with…a cocktail! How fitting! It consisted of Bully Boy White Whiskey, apple cider, honey, and mint. It was delicious, easy drinking, and perfectly seasonal.
During the introduction, you learn about Will and Dave Willis’ (the founders) journey in liquor production. You watch a couple of clips about their history and how they stumble (or were they destined?) into producing spirits. After the videos, you are guided into the second room of the two-room distillery. Here you see the aging room.
You also see where the liquor is distilled into the drinkable, and more importantly, delicious, product!
At the end of the tour, you get a tasting of each of Bully Boy’s products. This consists of White Whiskey, American Straight Whiskey, Vodka, White Rum, and Boston Rum. Bully Boy is primarily distributed in Massachusetts, but there is limited availability in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. If you have the opportunity to try Bully Boy spirits, do so! If not, definitely look into craft liquor in your local area. Delicious spirits are undoubtedly being produced using local ingredients in a neighborhood near you!