Our Story

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.

After searching for nearly two years for a suitable location, we 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.

We feel fortunate to follow in the footsteps of the entrepreneurs that preceded us 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 us to carry on their legacy with our re-definition of American spirits.

Our first hire was Dr. James Swan, the world-renowned expert on whiskey production and maturation. He educated us 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 we have hundreds of barrels of whiskey varieties aging in our bonded barrel storage warehouse, along with small batch rum, decadent liqueurs and even distilled beer from Sam Adams. We invite you to come meet our knowledgeable team, taste our spirits and the join the next revolution of handcrafted spirits. Cheers!

 

Reviews & Testimonials

“An amazing distillery that integrates the passion and history of the local area into each bottle they produce. My personal favorite is the Putnam New England Rye Whiskey but you can’t go wrong with any of their spirits. Make sure to stop by their public hours for a cocktail and a tour, you won’t be disappointed!”

-Alexander James Bent, Facebook  

“Wow! What an interesting and fantastic time! We Loved everything about Boston Harbor Distillery. Their commitment to making quality products, their commitment to preserving and honoring the history of this area, the atmosphere, the location, their excellent customer service. If You’re thinking about visiting…… STOP THINKING AND DO IT!!!! I can’t wait to go back!”

– John Pemberton, Facebook Review

“Extraordinary building converted into a Distillery. Front area has bar and comfortable seating. Back portion is production area with still, fermentation tanks and mash ton. Beautiful natural light permeates the entire facility. 
Great tasting Rye whisky along with unique flavored spirits using Sam Adams Barrel Collection Series as a flavor starter. The maple cream beverage is the hidden gem of all the products the distill. All around a great place to take a tour and sample unique spirits.”

– John Schoenthaler, Facebook Review

“Great local place, fantastic products. Owner is one of a kind and extremely generous. Mixed drinks are great. Must visit.”

– Paul Mohnkern, Facebook Review

 

Boston Harbor Distillery - Our Story
Rhonda Kallman

Rhonda Kallman

Founder + CEO

Marco Forziati

Marco Forziati

Distiller

Tom Pritchard

Tom Pritchard

COO/CFO

Matt Shanley

Matt Shanley

Beach Island Construction

Laura Christopher

Laura Christopher

Director of Events

Katie Williams

Katie Williams

Bartender

John S

John S

Ambassador

Evan Newby

Evan Newby

Ambassador

Katherine Copeland

Katherine Copeland