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Ryan & Wood, Inc. Distilleries

Address: 15 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone Number: 978-281-2282
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Ranked #8 of 33 Activities in Gloucester
Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Come visit and tour our craft distillery, the first legal distillery on the North Shore since...
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Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Owner description: Come visit and tour our craft distillery, the first legal distillery on the North Shore since Prohibition! See firsthand how fine hand crafted spirits are made in our beautiful copper pot Still. Learn how we ferment, distill, barrel age and bottle our Beauport Vodka, Knockabout Gin, Folly Cove Rum and Ryan & Wood family of Whiskies. All done on site. The tour, usually guided by Kathy or Bob Ryan, is free and lasts about an hour. Perfect for a quick stop before lunch. We are a hidden gem, just minutes from other Gloucester attractions. Scheduled Tours: Monday,Wednesday,Friday and Saturday, 10:00am and 1:00pm. Call for Private/Group Tours. Check our website for more information.

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Boston, Massachusetts
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Ryan and Wood is not my first distillery, but certainly the most interesting I have visited. Where else can you get a detailed explanation of all the critical steps in making consistent and good tasting spirits, a process that takes, for the barrel aged spirits (rum, rye, single malt whiskey) years before you really know what you've made? This small... More 

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This one hour tour is very interesting. Kathy, the owner, gives a detailed explanation of how the company makes, vodka, gin, rye and whiskey. Not only is there a tour of the facility, there's a tasting at the end. The place is off the beaten path but worth finding.

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Odessa, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Learned a lot about distilling for sure. Its a small place but they have a ton of knowledge about the industry. You get free samples afterward and get to see the impressive distiller and fermenting area.

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Vestal, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Ok, it's pretty cool that it's a small family operation in competition with larger distilleries, and we're happy for them that they found a new business, but jeez, guys...this tour was drudgery. Here's the scenario: A husband and wife run the operation and the tour. She starts the tour by saying her husband isn't allowed to talk because he won't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a small and charming distillery. The owners are very knowledgeable and kind. We visited on a non-tour day, but we were still welcomed and even got our own private (modified) tour of the facilities. My ten-year-old got thirsty and was offered a juice box and water. We purchased some rum and gin to take home and were accidentally... More 

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Top Contributor
276 reviews 276 reviews
100 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We arrived here on a Tuesday and found the doors locked. My husband called to see if they were open because he had seen it on a website that they were. The owner Kathy came and opened the doors for us anyway and let us take a peek around! We also got to taste the vodka, rums, and gin. Just... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

A free tour given by the owner of this local craft distillery! Informative and fun. She gives a great history of how they got into the business, the challenges they faced getting it off the ground, and the actual distilling process. Very interesting. We really like the vodka too. Lots of unusual souvenirs including old, flavored wooden barrel pieces, that... More 

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No. Smithfield, RI
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

As some of the tours we had planned on were only on the weekend, we had very little to visit here in Gloucester. We decided to tour the distillery and were very welcomed by the owner who gave us a special tour. It was very informative and we also got to taste the finished products.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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233 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Ryan and Wood was empty when we arrived. Much to our surprise were still got a great tour with a tasting that lasted over tour hours, well beyond the norm since we were the only customers at the time. What a treat! We purchased the rye whiskey and vodka, and it was delicious.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

My husband is crazy about craft beers and micro breweries. We went on this tour for him and I found it interesting also.Our tour guide Cathy was very good and the distillery was impressive.The talk and tour takes about an hour.The tour is free and at the end there is a taste testing.My husbands favorite was the Folly Cove Rum.... More 

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