Boston Harbor Distillery was founded by Rhonda Kallman, who after a 25-year career at the forefront of the U.S. craft beer movement, looked for her next challenge. She found it in the craft distilling industry as it reminded her of the early days of the craft beer movement.
Boston Harbor's Founder Rhonda Kallman
After searching for nearly two years for a suitable location, Kallman found it at The Port on Boston Harbor on Boston’s southernmost waterfront in the Neponset section of Dorchester. Built in 1859 with Douglas Fir post and beam construction, 40 ft high ceilings and over 100 windows, today it is one of the last remaining mill buildings in the Boston area. Run down and neglected, it took over a year to renovate and bring it to life. It’s now the proud home of the Boston Harbor Distillery.
Kallman feels fortunate to follow in the footsteps of the entrepreneurs that preceded her in this historic building: Silas Putnam, whose inventions included automating the manufacture of the hot-forged horse nail and supplying them to both sides of the Civil War, to the George Lawley & Son Shipyard, builders of America’s Cup winning yachts and mine sweepers for WWII and lastly, Seymour’s Ice Cream factory a local favorite. They’ve inspired Kallman to carry on their legacy with the distillery’s re-definition of American spirits.
The first hire Kallman made was Dr. James Swan, the world-renowned expert on whiskey production and maturation. He educated everyone at the distillery on all the nuances associated with making great whiskey. Then at an American Distillers Institute conference, Rhonda met John Couchot, who had been an award-winning distiller for over a decade. She convinced him to move to Boston and help create the delicious, innovative and award-winning spirits BHD offers today…No compromises and all heart.
Today Boston Harbor has hundreds of barrels of whiskey varieties aging in their bonded barrel storage warehouse, along with small batch rum, decadent liqueurs and even distilled beer from Sam Adams. They invite you to come meet thier knowledgeable team, taste thier spirits and the join the next revolution of handcrafted spirits. Cheers!