Tall Ship Distillery

Our Story So Far


Tall Ship Distillery is a dream come true for owner John Pantelakos. Over two years of 70 plus hours per week of hard work, determination and the unwavering support of Mary his wife of 32 years, family and friends, he was able to open the first liquor distillery in the city of Dover, NH since the 1700’s.

After researching the laws and beginning the process with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau early in 2012, then meeting with Dover city officials in May of 2013 (who fully embraced the idea) John went on to look for the right location. He didn’t have to look too far. A 1250 square foot space located at 32 Crosby Rd (unit 5) in Dover was just what he needed. After speaking with the real estate owners of his plans, they too were excited to have him as a tenant and lent their full support.

On July 1, 2013 work began on the distillery. It took 13 months of acquiring all of the necessary equipment to produce, bottle and label our products to be ready for inspection. Standing over 11 1/2 feet tall, a hand made 250 gallon all copper still and condenser tank built by the owner himself sits as the centerpiece and workhorse of Tall Ship.

Opening for business on August 28,2014 offering White Island Rum as our initial and flagship product, and the response has been fantastic. Curious individuals on vacation from as far as Oslo Norway, Los Angeles California, Portland Oregon and local New Englanders alike have praised our creation and were excited to be able to purchase our rum directly from us to share and enjoy with friends.

John and the dedicated employees of Tall Ship Distillery would like to invite you to come to Tall Ship, take a tour, learn about our product, history and sample the spirits we are so proud to offer to our community. We hope to see you soon!