2017 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

 

SPIRITS

The whiskey shelf at Butcher and the Boar // Photo by Aaron Davidson

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.

 

 

 

Timothy Leary // Photo via Tattersall's website

Timothy Leary // Photo via Tattersall’s website

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.

 

 

A cocktail being made at Saint Dinette's // Photo by Aaron Davidson

A cocktail being made at Saint Dinette’s // Photo by Aaron Davidson

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surdyk's Liquor & Wine store in NE Minneapolis // Photo via Surdyk's Facebook

Surdyk’s Liquor & Wine store in NE Minneapolis // Photo via Surdyk’s Facebook

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.

 

 

 

The Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits store in White Bear Lake, MN // Photo via Elevated WBL Facebook

The Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits store in White Bear Lake, MN // Photo via Elevated WBL Facebook

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casanova Liquors in Hudson, WI // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg, The Growler

Casanova Liquors in Hudson, WI // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg, The Growler

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.

 

 

 

A small sections of Surdyk's Wine options // Photo by Kevin Kramer

A small sections of Surdyk’s Wine options // Photo by Kevin Kramer

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.

 

 

 

Tattersall's spirits // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Tattersall’s spirits // Photo by Aaron Davidson

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.

 

 

 

The bar in Tattersall's cocktail room // Photo by Aaron Davidson

The bar in Tattersall’s cocktail room // Photo by Aaron Davidson

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.

 

 

 

Tattersall Distilling // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Tattersall Distilling // Photo by Aaron Davidson

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.

 

 

 

SPIRIT STYLES

 

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.

 

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