DRINK: Whiskey in the Wintertime

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Davis Square’s Saloon celebrates local whiskeys this week during the upcoming installment of their monthly whiskey class. Turns out, the Boston area has a long history with distilling and current spirits czars are still producing the hard (and tasty) stuff. From as far away as the Berkshires to as close as the city itself, there are wonderful whiskies to be found around Beantown. If you can’t make it to the class (they sell out quickly), keep an eye out for next month and for these local labels at your liquor store. Better yet, grab a designated driver and go for a visit. The foliage is great this time of year.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers

When: Tours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 12-5pm.

Where: 356 South Main Street, Sheffield MA

Bully Boy Distillers

When: Tours by appointment Saturdays and Sundays, according to their calendar. Book 24 hours in advance.

Where: 35 Cedric Street, Roxbury MA

Damnation Alley

When: Tastings the first Saturday of every month.

Where: 7 Brighton Street, Belmont MA

GrandTen Distilling

When: Tours on Saturdays at 1, 2, and 3pm.

Where: 383 Dorcester Avenue, Boston MA

Ryan and Wood Distilleries

When: Tours Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10am and 1pm.

Where: 15 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester MA

Triple Eight Distillery

When: Tours according to events schedule. Look for the “Notch” tour for a special whiskey sample.

Where: 5 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket MA

Once you’ve found your favorite, you can mix up a true New England toddy with this maple-syrup version, courtesy of Esquire magazine. Cheers to colder weather!