Bourbon Cave Fest

Enjoy a fall day in the Historic Casanova Caves enjoying 75+ bourbons to sample. Rare, limited, special release and single barrel picked bourbons will all be available along with food from The Nova, custom sample glass, live music and a cigar demonstration all included.

Dashfire debuts a bottled old fashioned you can’t make at home

Dashfire Bitters have become mainstays at cocktail bars all over the Twin Cities. Bartenders know them like second nature, but consumers can be a little more hesitant. “People love my bitters but might have no idea what to do with them,” says Lee Egbert, owner of Dashfire Bitters. “We’re really good at balancing flavors, so … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Studio Distilling

Rye whiskey can be a lovely thing, but it can also be a challenge. “Peppery” is the common adjective lobbed at the grain, which suffered a century of neglect before American distillers once again started to treat it with respect. Studio Distilling is one such producer, and they open today in Midway St. Paul for … [ Read more]

Bob Dylan to release his own line of whiskey, Heaven’s Door

In addition to being a folk music god and winning a Nobel Prize, Bob Dylan can now add a whiskey brand to his extensive repertoire. Having crooned about whiskey many times throughout his storied career, next month the Americana icon will release a collection of three whiskeys under the brand Heaven’s Door Spirits. The idea … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Jackalope at The Velveteen

On a quiet side street in downtown Stillwater, leaves skitter across the pavement through the orange glow of the few street lamps shining onto the sidewalk. Around the corner, in the lobby of an event center, a Rorschachian pair of rabbits etched on the floor lead through a nondescript door and downstairs to The Velveteen’s … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Fall Cide-Car at Lyn 65

October means apples in the Upper Midwest. On your obligatory orchard trip in the next few weeks, consider snagging a jug of cider to mix into a seasonal cocktail. We’ll let our friend Jami Olson, who you’ll find behind the bar at Lyn 65, explain: “The change of seasons always inspires what’s on our menu, … [ Read more]

Fooling Father Time: ‘Rapid-aging’ and the future of craft whiskey

The standard formula for whiskey, the way it’s always been done, is this: you fill up an oak barrel with a clear spirit and then you wait. And wait. And wait. Inside that barrel, things slowly unfold. Alcohol seeps into the toasted oak, degrading the polymers that make up its structure. The lignin and hemicellulose in … [ Read more]

RockFilter Distillery opens in June poised to make Minnesota’s best whiskey

The floodgates open and water rushes in. The entire building starts to tremble—cobwebs shake, beams shudder, a haze of flour shoots into the air. Turbines and belts from the 1870s are whirring just like they have for over a century. This is Schech’s Mill, the oldest water-powered mill with its original equipment in the state. … [ Read more]

A taste of history: Buffalo Trace Distillery exposes a “bourbon Pompeii”

One day, you’re renovating a your storage facility alongside the Kentucky River into a convention and event space. The next, you unearth the foundations of a distillery dating back to 1873. That’s exactly what happened to a Frankfort, Kentucky distillery. According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Buffalo Trace Distillery discovered the remnants of the O.F.C. Distillery … [ Read more]

Meet Wild Turkey Bourbon’s new creative director: Matthew McConaughey

Academy Award–winning actor Matthew McConaughey has explored the far reaches of space in “Interstellar,” plumped the depths of criminal life in “True Detective,” and cruised the nation’s highways as the cryptic spokesperson for Lincoln Motor Company. Now, the actor is taking on a new role as the creative director of Wild Turkey Bourbon. The Kentucky-based distillery … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Mint Juleps with bartender Trish Gavin

“Fresh mint—very important,” says Trish Gavin, placing a julep tin on the bar of Handsome Hog. That’s where we’ll be watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, drinking Gavin’s mint juleps before singing “My Old Kentucky Home” at an uncomfortable volume. If you’re watching the Run For The Roses at home, you might consider a wheated bourbon … [ Read more]

Kentucky legislature passes cocktail ordinance for bourbon tourists

Tourists in bourbon country may soon be able to slake their thirst on site. The Kentucky Senate passed an alcohol bill that will allow distilleries in wet territories to offer cocktails to visitors. Previously, they had only been allowed to offer samples to the nearly 900,000 visitors to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail last year. The measure also … [ Read more]

J. Henry & Sons’ farm-direct bourbon shows off its age

Small distilleries face a tough decision when they age spirits. It costs a lot of money to have a whiskey just sitting there in a barrel. If the law says a “straight” spirit must be aged at least two years, the business part of a distiller’s brain wants to bottle that spirit at two years and one … [ Read more]

Handsome Hog brings ‘Bourbon and Smoke’ to Lowertown

This gem is opening next week! Come for the ???? short rib and stay for the ????cocktails. @handsome_hog #mysaintpaul pic.twitter.com/9CJfv0bG5W — Magdalene Nitschke (@HelloMagdalene) March 17, 2016 The tagline for Handsome Hog is “Bourbon and Smoke”, and the new eatery by Carol March (Public Kitchen + Bar) in the former Bin Wine Bar space features plenty … [ Read more]

J. Carver Distillery debuts bourbon whiskey

J. Carver Distillery of Waconia announces the release of their first batch of bourbon whiskey. The spirit has a mashbill of 75 percent corn and 25 percent rye, and has been aged Minnesota-coopered oak barrels. “Not only is this one of the first bourbons made in Minnesota, it has been distilled with grains harvested close to … [ Read more]