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]

Craft spirits production soars in 2015

Craft spirits volume rose an estimated 35% to 2.4 million cases in 2015, according to the American Distilling Institute’s annual survey of craft producers. That increase puts current craft spirits sales at roughly twice the level of just two years ago. There were approximately 700 craft distillers in the U.S. market at the end of … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery Celebrates One Year in Business with Release of Cans

It was just over a year ago that Pour Decisions shuttered their taproom and an ominous online statement notified the Minnesota beer community that the Roseville brewery was closing their doors in a merger. Eight months later the chrysalis emerged as Bent Brewstillery, the state’s first brewery/distillery combination. The merger may have taken many by … [ Read more]

Bourbon: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Bourbon has come a long way. By Chris Strouth Baseball. Jazz. Comic books. Bourbon. While this is a recipe for the most awesome day ever, it’s also a list of distinctly American art forms. These things are unique to the United States. We made them, defined them, and then exported them to every other country. … [ Read more]

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