Moonshine isn't just for overall-clad West Virginians anymore. East Bayside-based Maine Craft Distilling is set to release Blueshine on Friday. It's a Maine twist on the white whiskey usually associated with clandestine production in the Appalachian foothills, incorporating blueberries and maple syrup to make a distinctly Maine spirit. It's legal and 90 proof, which means it won't get you arrested or make you go blind.
Here's the description from the website: "We use barley from the fields of Maine and ferment it in our large wooden fermenter, then run it through our copper still. Once the 'shine' is done, we add in a whole bunch of wild Maine blueberries and finish it off with a subtle helping of Maine maple syrup. It's like liquid pancakes...with a kick."
"We're dedicated to using locally sourced ingredients in all of our products, and Blueshine is a perfect example of that," said Maine Craft Distilling owner Luke Davidson, who opened the distillery in July, in a release.
Davidson is throwing a Blueshine launch party on Friday starting at 4 p.m. at the distillery located at 101 Fox Street in Portland. It's open to the public (those who are of legal drinking age) and the first 100 to arrive wearing blue (jeans don't count; Blueman bodysuits do) get a free shot glass.The bluegrass "Blueshine Band" will perform.
· Maine Craft Distilling [Official Site]
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Maine Craft Distilling. [Photo courtesy gBritt]