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2021 Distillery
Editors’ Choice

Privateer Rum


The team at Privateer Rum have attracted an international following for their carefully crafted aged rums, and people drive from all over to snag a new release from their Distiller’s Drawer series. While you can pick up their flagship brands at liquor stores around the North Shore and beyond, Privateer doesn’t ship their limited releases, some of which have been aging for five years or more, giving those of us who live nearby the unique privilege of easy access.

11 Brady Dr., Ipswich, 978-356-0477,

Readers’ Choice

Deacon Giles Distillery


Cheeky names for their offerings, like Liquid Damnation Rum and Original Gin, are just part of the lore of this craft maker, dedicated to making the best versions of any spirits they produce. Look for spirits, canned cocktails, and an upcoming line of amaros and other cocktail enhancements.

75 Canal St., Salem, 978-306-6675,

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