Whiskey List at a Bar / Restaurant – Butcher & the Boar
The Hennepin Avenue chophouse has been a beacon of brown spirits since it opened. They sell more Knob Creek Single Barrel than any bar in the world, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg on their massive whiskey list.
Bartender – Timothy Leary, Tattersall Distilling
A master of mixology, a baron behind the horseshoe-shaped bar, and an overall good guy to boot. When you’re in need of quality cocktails, Timothy Leary at Tattersall is your man.
Cocktail – Canadian Cold Press, Saint Dinette
A cocktail so good, it’s made the leap from the brunch menu. Dinette’s housemade cold press is made with a jolt of bourbon, amaro, and maple.
Liquor Store (MSP) – Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop
When needing to make a booze run, Surdyk’s will have you covered. Not only with their wide range of spirits, including brandy, absinthe, gin, and sake, but also with the helpful and knowledgeable staff to steer you down any aisle.
Liquor Store (Metro) – Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits, White Bear Lake
Elevating your spirits game, White Bear Lake’s Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits is all about “taking the modern liquor store to the next level.” Plus, they’re constantly scouring the local, national, and international beer scene for the latest and greatest.
Liquor Store (Greater MN) – Historic Casanova Liquor, Hudson, WI
Our readers stretched the boundaries of the category to include this gem to the east. Though Sunday Sales are now legal in Minnesota, Casanova is still the beloved place to go when libations are calling their name in Greater Minnesota.
Wine Shop – Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop
Surdyk’s is a wine connoisseur’s delight, with bottles from different regions, varietals, vintages, and price points. Top that off with regular tastings, classes, and an educated staff. This family-run business will have you covered from Alsace to Zinfandel.
Distillery Branding – Tattersall Distilling
Tattersall’s visual identity isn’t groundbreaking, patient plaids and rearing horses, but it speaks to exactly what’s in the bottle: something straightforward, handmade, and comforting.
Craft Cocktail Room – Tattersall Distilling
If you brave the pockmarked driveway and find your way through the labyrinthian Thorpe Building, you’ll arrive in a temple of tippling, the shiny-metal-meets-brown-leather vibe of Tattersall, the best cocktail room at a distillery in the state.
Craft Distillery – Tattersall Distilling
They’ve amassed a library of excellent spirits, their cocktails are among the best in town, and their hospitality is renowned. There’s no doubt about it: Tattersall is the finest distillery in Minnesota.
Rum – Tattersall Blackstrap Rum
The island is calling—well, Tattersall’s Blackstrap Rum definitely is. Distilled from all-natural Caribbean-style molasses, this smoky, full-flavored spirit will pack a punch with every sip.
Vodka – Tattersall Vodka
Tattersall Distilling is filled to the brim with an array of high-quality spirits in their portfolio. Also claiming a V for victory this year is their vodka, distilled from good ol’ Midwest corn.
Whiskey – Vikre Distillery Sugarbush
While distillers wait for their premium brown spirits to age, younger whiskies can sate our excitement in the meantime, like Vikre’s Sugarbush, which employs maple staves to add an extra layer of sweet tannin to a bourbon mash.
Gin – Tattersall Gin
Dan Oskey’s pursuit of botanical perfection has led to this flagship gin, a combination of 22 different ingredients, distilled and blended into a delicious harmony of juniper and spice.
Specialty Spirits – Vikre Øvrevann Aquavit
Conjuring the spirit of our bearded Viking ancestors, expressions of caraway, rye bread, and cardamom make this warm and toasty sipper worth savoring. Skål to you, Vikre.