About Three of Strong Spirits

It’s hard to believe that you’d find a rum distillery in a city dubbed ‘The Forest City.’ But believe it. The good friends behind Portland, Maine’s Three of Strong Spirits are reinvigorating New England’s rum-making history that dates back to the 17th century. Life is short, so Three of Strong Spirits is spreading joy with award-winning craft spirits.


Friends Dave McConnell and Sam Pierce have had conversations about starting businesses together for years. It wasn’t until they thought about distilling world-class rums that something stuck. They’d make rums that highlight the community, camaraderie and sense of adventure that living in Maine entails. Bringing on Head Distiller Graham Hamblett solidified the plan, and Three of Strong Spirits was founded in 2019.


The rum-centric distillery has plans for a sugar-cane based gin, but until that day comes, you’ll have to enjoy their award-winning rums. From Brightwater Silver Rum to the Nightwater Dark Rum, Three of Strong Spirits crafts their rum from organic evaporated cane syrup, molasses and crisp water from Sebago Lake.

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