Year in Review: Minnesota Wine & Spirits in 2018

A martini at Nye’s Bar is a fine drink to reflect on the year 2018 in local spirits. In January, this bar, Nye’s in name only, opened in the dust of the demolished Polonaise Room, a place whose divey charm earned it the Best Bar in America designation from Esquire in 2006—a lifetime ago, from the … [ Read more]

Heirloom Liqueurs: Oddball flavors, excellent mixers

No one has ever accused the Bittercube group of being too straight-laced, and their newest project is appropriately off-the-wall—a collection of intense liqueurs in surprising flavors, but ones that are easy to mix and a delight to drink. Heirloom, from Bittercube founders Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz, partnering with their research and development coordinator Brandon Reyes, is … [ Read more]

Retox: Gin & Juice Night with Bittercube Bitters

Join us at the Wedge Table for a “spirited” panel discussion about the dynamic and evolving world of craft distilling in Minnesota moderated by Bittercube Bitters. Meet the experts from Vikre Distillery, Lawless Distilling Company, Gamle Ode, Panther Distillery, and Crooked Water Spirits. Taste rejuvenating cocktail creations featuring fresh pressed juice from the Wedge Table … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Garden Sling at Lawless Distilling

The impending chills of October may have you craving hot drinks (See: Spirits Close-Up). But not so fast—there’s still time to eek out a few drams of summer. I mean, just look at your herb garden. It’s about to bite the dust. And what can you do with a full bush of thyme and all … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: Minnesota Gin

This month’s Craft Cocktail, The Knives Out at Lawless Distilling, uses Lawless’ Greenway Gin in a more balanced version of a  Negroni. So, for this month’s Spirits Close-Up we’re taking a closer look at Minnesota gin. The status of Minnesota-distilled spirits in 2016: the whiskeys are promising (but too young) the vodkas are fine (but … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Knives Out at Lawless Distilling

My cocktail garnish has murderous intentions. There’s a fist gripping a knife, floating on my Negroni. “It’s a very lighthearted menu here. Very tongue-in-cheek,” says Bittercube’s Nick Kosevich. “We’re trying to be less vest-and-tie and more glitter-and-sparklers.” It’s this lack of pretense that makes Lawless Distilling’s cocktail room such a compelling place to drink. Bare … [ Read more]

What you should drink at the new Lawless Distilling cocktail room

Lawless Distilling, makers of Greenway Gin and Tippling House Vodka, officially opens their Seward neighborhood cocktail room today, June 23, from 4–10pm. Just down the street from the Hexagon Bar, Lawless has built a windowless, low-lit drinking den. Roughly a dozen stools ring a shadowy bar, with a few booths along the opposite wall, running up to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lawless Distilling

“We’re three normal people trying to quit our day jobs,” says Nate Karnitz of Lawless Distilling Company in Minneapolis. The start-up distillery is self-funded by three friends: Nate and his wife Kirsten Karnitz, and longtime friend Chris Kulzer. “I definitely think it’s hard to start without having a ton of industry experience and a ton … [ Read more]

Five Distillery Updates in the Midwest

Things are happening in the Midwest’s distilling scene. Here’s a few notable updates from the past weeks. Wollersheim Winery of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, opened the doors to its new distillery. The distillery is making all-Wisconsin brandy, apple brandy, gin, and absinthe. Read more at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Distillery startups including Green Door Distilling Co … [ Read more]