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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: February 14, 2014

Sweetgrass Farm tasting room now open in Portland’s Old Port

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Sweetgrass Farm makes more than a dozen wines and spirits using Maine grown fruit and grain.

All photos by Susan Axelrod

As of today, Portland-area fans of Back River Gin, Three Crow Rum, Sparkling Cranberry Apple and other wines and spirits produced by Constance and Keith Bodine at Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery in Union, can find them much closer to home.

Sweetgrass Farm owners Keith and Constance Bodine

The Bodines are celebrating the opening of the brand spanking new Sweetgrass Farm tasting room and shop at 324 Fore Street TODAY until 8 p.m., offering samples of their products, cupcakes by Kupcakes and chocolates by Dean’s Sweets. It’s across the street from Vena’s Fizz House, which has extended hours today too. If you’ve got nothing else planned for Valentine’s Day (or even if you do), I recommend that you stop in and treat yourself to a few sips and nibbles. The Bodines are delightful and they love to talk about their wines and spirits, which are delicious … especially the gin.

From left: Back River Gin; Cranberry Gin; Cranberry Smash; Blueberry Smash

After today, the tasting room and shop will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm, with more hours to be added next month, according to Constance Bodine. When the weather warms up for the season, it will be open 7 days a week.

The “What’s In Your Gin” table allows customers to experience the different botanicals in their favorite gins.

Bar at the back of the tasting room.

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