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15 Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries Worth Planning Your Weekend Around

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We all have our go-to haunts: a raucous Center City pub, a tucked-away wine bar, a local distillery that makes us feel effortlessly hip. But when it comes to happy hours and weekend plans, we tend to exhaust these standbys awfully quickly. To remedy that, here are 15 wineries, breweries and distilleries ideal for a weekend getaway — and cheers-worthy sipping. 

Wineries // Frederick, Maryland’s lush green spaces are home to a swath of dreamy wineries. There and nearby you’ll find an impressive lineup of wineries to patronize, like Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars (the oldest family-owned Maryland winery), Black Ankle Vineyard, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Elk Run Vineyards, Loew Vineyards and Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery. Tip: select one for an afternoon jaunt or string together several (and invite friends!) for a complete tour.

Breweries // Introduce a new beer to your rotation, and see how it’s made by penciling in a visit to one of Frederick’s many innovative, homegrown breweries, such as Maryland’s largest craft brewery Flying Dog Brewery (known for their gallery-worthy labels), Monocacy Brewing Company, Smoketown Brewing Station , Red Shedman Farm Brewery and Milkhouse Brewery. Cider aficionados, meanwhile, should drop by Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Maryland’s first licenced cidery. Tip: try the seasonal varieties—the cult-favorite summer iteration is blended with honey wine.

Distilleries // The cocktail enthusiast and budding mixologist alike are treated to a trove of quality distilleries in Frederick. For vodka, gin and moonshine, look no further than the quirky science enthusiasts at Dragon Distillery, LLC. Then, swing by idyllic Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery and Tenth Ward Distilling Company (slated to open in May!) to learn more about the distillation process.

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