Jace Marti and Nate Gieseke opening Black Frost Distilling Company in New Ulm

Few people know more about fermentation than Jace Marti. The 35-year-old assistant brewmaster and sixth-generation brewer officially started working at his family’s brewery, August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota, when he was 18 years old, but had been doing odd jobs around the brewery long before that. In 2017, he opened Starkeller Brewing Company, the Schell’s … [ Read more]

Growler Giveaway: Sign Up To Win A Years Supply Of Bottles From 11 Wells Spirits

Located in the historic Hamm’s Brewery on Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul, 11 Wells Spirits is a part of the revitalization of the Payne Avenue Corridor. Both Bob McManus and Lee Egbert had separate dreams of opening a distillery. It wasn’t until a common friend connected them that they decided to join forces. They each … [ Read more]

Loon Liquor Co. 2.0: First look at the new cocktail room and distillery

When co-owners Simeon Rossi and Mark Schiller began raising money for Loon Liquor Co. in late 2012, they had a concept that they were confident would be successful. They wanted to create spirits from locally sourced, organic-certified ingredients, and they wanted to do it in their hometown of Northfield, Minnesota. Having no distilling experience didn’t seem … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 11 Wells Cocktail Room

When it comes to local distilleries, we’ve learned to take their timelines with a handful of salt. Construction delays are inevitable. Permitting, licensing, inspections, and label approvals are at the whim of bureaucracy. Recipe development, especially for aged spirits, can be difficult if not agonizing. This is all to say, we don’t fault a distillery … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Brother Justus Whiskey Company

In the never-ending debate on how long a whiskey needs to age, Phil Steger of Brother Justus Whiskey Company offers a fresh take. While many consider the job of an oak barrel to be “smoothing out” a spirit—giving the liquid time to breath, mellow, and evolve—Steger thinks that may be asking too much. “We want to show … [ Read more]

Du Nord’s newest spirit is here: Café Frieda Coffee Liqueur

Just in time for the holiday season, Du Nord Craft Spirits is releasing its newest creation: Café Frieda Coffee Liqueur. The product’s beginnings stretch back to the beginning of Du Nord, when owners Chris and Shanelle Montana noticed the lack of a coffee liqueur that actually tasted like real coffee. And after over a year and a half … [ Read more]

Want to buy a distillery? Lost Falls selling its equipment

Nils Collins issued the word on Facebook in May that his Lost Falls Distillery is in the process of folding. The company waged a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, and went on to produce the sorghum-based, gluten-free Minneapolis Vodka. They’ve now posted a classified on Craigslist, listing the distillery’s equipment for sale, asking $15,000 for the whole lot. … [ 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]

Want Scottish Rum? It’ll Cost You.

Scotland’s first and only rum distillery, Dark Matter Distillers, is offering rum lovers the opportunity to own one of its first 10 casks. The asking price? £10,000 ($15,419.40). Available on a first come first serve basis, the rum is aged in 66-gallon Oloroso Sherry casks. A small sample will be drawn from each cask and sent to … [ Read more]

Distiller Profile: Mike Swanson at Far North Spirits

Mike Swanson removes the bung from a cask, sticks his nose over the hole, and sniffs deeply. It’s no use. “I can’t smell anything right now,” he says. “I’m just getting over a cold I came down with on my way back from New York last week. But you should smell this—it’s incredible.” The 92-gallon … [ Read more]

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Panther Distillery Releases First Aged Whiskey

Panther Distillery, located in Osakis Minnesota, is Minnesota’s first legal whiskey distillery. They are passionate about creating traditional distilled spirits that are comparable to those during the time of Prohibition. This week they announced the release of their first aged whiskey, Minnesota 14. This whiskey has been aging in American White Oak barrels for nearly two … [ Read more]