November: Maryland Spirits Month


Did you know the month of November is Maryland Spirits Month? From a beautiful, picturesque visit to a farm distillery to some of Frederick City’s finest craft spirit establishments, Frederick County has a scene and/or craft spirit for you. You can find our listing for the eight distilleries that call the County home here.

Whether you want to gift local craft spirits, show them off at a gathering or share them among your holiday traditions, we are sure you can find something for all your holiday festivities right here in Frederick County. Keep reading to learn more about our local distilleries.


American Shochu Company

As the only shochu distillery in North America, Lynn and Taka Amano had a passion to bring awareness to Japanese culture through this spirit unique to Japan. They describe shochu as, “…an ultra smooth white whisky, softer and lighter.” They do not have a tasting room, at this time; however, their products can be found on their website and at local liquor stores.

Dragon Distillery

An ode to Dungeons and Dragons, sci-fi and the like, Dragon Distillery plays off its brand in all that they do. The uniqueness continues in the variety of spirits and canned cocktails they craft. Head to the distillery Thursday through Sunday and have your shot at axe throwing during your visit.

Fordham Lee

Best known for its aged bourbon cream-based liqueurs Cherry Charm, Blueberry Swirl and most recently Snickerdoodle, Fordham Lee has found its niche. Grab one or all of these from a local retailer or their online store as a treat to impress loved ones this holiday season!

McClintock Distilling Co.

As a tribute to the distillery’s namesake, locally renowned innovator McClintock Young, the foundation of McClintock Distilling is based on innovation, creativity and sustainability. The distillery has earned numerous awards for its high-quality spirits crafted from organic ingredients. Head over to the Back Bar and try one of their signature cocktails.

Puerto Rico Distillery

A father-daughter duo leads this veteran and woman-owned business that encompasses their Hispanic Heritage in all that they do. They specialize in Pitorro (also known as Puerto Rican moonshine), a clear distinctive flavored rum distilled from sugarcane byproducts. Visit their tasting room to try signature flavors blended by adding fresh or dried fruits and other flavors.

Rosie Cheeks Distillery

Frederick County’s newest distillery offers premium moonshine produced right there on their Iron Roses Farm in Walkersville. By visiting their on-farm tasting room, customers receive a unique experience with a lovely view and have the choice of seven signature flavors and a variety of seasonal flavors all made with locally sourced ingredients.

Springfield Manor Winery, Brewery and Distillery

The first on-farm distillery in the County, is named for the artisan springs and limestone terrain of the area. Picturesque mountains, woodlands and scenic vistas create gracefully refined and dignified spirits only a historic estate can offer. Visit this one stop shop for local wine, beer or spirits. Distinguished spirits are only available for purchase on-site.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company

Proud to be woman-owned, Tenth Ward specializes in a variety of year-round spirits and canned cocktails. The boss lady, the whiskey woman herself, Monica Pearce advocated for and helped paved the way for craft distilleries in Frederick County. Visit Tenth Ward’s Cocktail Lab to try a flight or hand-crafted cocktail and check out Whiskey Hall for your next event.