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Frederick residents have plenty options to taste craft spirits and cocktails.

As the craft beer industry booms, another, lesser talked about craft industry has thrived in Frederick as well: spirits.

Frederick County has a plethora of options for those looking to imbibe in craft liquors.

Dragon Distillery, the county’s first distillery, opened near Frederick Municipal Airport in 2016. The distillery offers several whiskeys, vodkas and gins and rums. For a drinker looking for something with a little less kick, they also offer canned cocktails, including a lemon meringue moonshine and lemonade that is coming soon, according to the website.

For the environmentally friendly drinker, McClintock Distilling in downtown Frederick uses sustainable production methods to ensure its popular whiskeys and gins are produced in an environmentally conscious manner. All spent grains are used as livestock feed in local Maryland farms and the heads are re-used in the distillery for cleaning. Their closed loop cooling system and advanced tank cleaning also reduce wastewater from production.

Looking for cocktails? Feel free to check out Tenth Ward Distilling’s new cocktail lab on East Patrick Street.

And if you’re not in the confines of the city of Frederick, you can still get your spirits fix by heading up Thurmont and visiting Springfield Manor, which has a distillery, winery and brewery, or Mount Airy for a visit to MISCellaneous Distillery.

For more information check out the Frederick News-Post’s quarterly Uncapped Magazine.

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Allen Etzler is a city editor at the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at

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