Southern Maine truly represents quintessential New England living... the ocean... mountains...lakes... sand... foliage... You can't help but love where you live when taking in the breathtaking landscape and all that the area has to offer. Fortunately for all of us Southern Mainers, the wonderful attributes of the area don't stop here. We are also surrounded by so many wonderful businesses that contribute to what makes this community a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Wiggly Bridge Distillery is one of these businesses and we had the pleasure of talking to them recently. We love that they are family owned and run and all that they share our value of the importance of community. We hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we did!
It all started when…
It all started during a family dinner, with a joking statement of “let's make our own whiskey.” With a shared love for good whiskey and fascination to see how things are made, this father and son team decided to explore the idea. David and David Woods researched and studied (and some say obsessed) over how to build a still and process alcohol.
The nature and beauty of our own coastal town of York, Maine is their inspiration to bring small-batch spirits to the community. The ocean air and beautiful coastline create an environment for our distilled spirits unlike any other. Now, winning awards, this father and son duo are beginning to realize they really do have something special. As they explore and develop new products we want to share them with anyone who wants to follow our journey.
A fun fact about Wiggly Bridge Distillery…
The copper pot stills are handmade from both father and son, Dave and David. Using YouTube videos they made and welded our very own stills that now produce award-winning products. Yes, it is handmade, hand rolled, hand-riveted copper still. Some would say it is a labor of love. The father-son duo chose this route because it yields superior taste found only in authentic, handcrafted spirits.
Did You Know?
Our route 1 location is open year round. We make whiskey, bourbon, vodka, gin, rum, and our agave will be released soon!
Why Wiggly Bridge Distillery Stands Outs…
We started Wiggly Bridge Distillery with the belief that being small is an advantage. By utilizing long forgotten styles and techniques in building our still, every dent and angle uniquely contributes to the flavor of our spirits. This business is our true passion and we take our products seriously. It is a family affair with father and son heading production and operation and David Jr’s wife, Amanda filling in the rest from marketing to inventory to events. Our employees don’t just work for the business, they also become part of the family.
The Holidays are Coming. Here’s a Great Gift Idea!
Aside from our exceptional handcrafted spirits, we have other fun experiential programs that have been a huge hit. We offer monthly cocktail classes where you are able to sit up at our tasting bar and learn the tips and tricks of home bartending and make your own drinks! We also offer tours and a Distiller for a Day program where you are hands-on making bourbon from grain to glass. These are perfect gifts, especially for the special someone who has everything already! We also have other retail items that make fantastic unique gifts.
Shop Local... It's Important!
We live in an area where business owners depend on local business. We are a tourist town and our livelihood comes from tourists and locals alike. In regards to our business specifically, people have the choice to purchase their spirits from huge companies and sometimes at a cheaper price point. Because we are local and do small batch spirits you are purchasing high quality, handmade products. Products that are made from locals themselves. There are NO hidden additives in our products, unlike the bigger companies who have a threshold that they do not need to disclose certain additives. We are proud of what we do.
What Do You Love About the Area?
The area itself is just beautiful and a perfect setting for all that we do. Tourists are always looking for something fun and interesting to do and we are happy to provide it. There is also a sense of strong sense of community.
Insider Tip... Listen Up, Tourists!
If you want to go to Hannaford in the summertime, the optimal time to shop is between 7am and 8am, otherwise good luck finding a parking spot and not waiting in long lines. In all seriousness, follow local business social media pages because there are events and fun things that happen all throughout the year in town that you can be easily notified through social media channels.
Learn More about Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Address: 441 US Route 1 York, Maine 03909 & 19 Railroad Ave York, Maine 03909
Phone Number: 207-363-9322
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