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Local Spirits

Ugly Dog distills homegrown vodka

From the January, 2011 issue

Ugly Dog Distillery makes and sells vodka under the same roof. "The idea was conceived at hunting camp with my German wirehaired pointer on my lap," says co-owner Jon Dyer.

Dyer, forty-seven, a Stockbridge resident who grew up in Dexter, breeds the bird dogs--commonly known by their "ugly dog" nickname--and long had an interest in making spirits. With his friends' encouragement he tested recipes, using different yeasts from around the world.

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