A Pocket Full of Rye: How a lowly, northern grain is mounting a comeback through whiskey

Stalks of rye bob in the summer breeze in a field near Cambridge, Minnesota. It is a cereal grass in the wheat family—seeded in the fall, it stays green and patient throughout the winter, then skyrockets in the early spring. It shoots up from the gray, powdery soil, gets a deep tan, and then grows … [ 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]

Spirits Close-Up: Minnesota Rye Whiskey

There is no shortage of fine whiskey on the planet. What can small distillers offer that the big guys haven’t already perfected? If craft whiskey is a viable enterprise, it has to focus on its one competitive advantage—a luxury brought about by hard work and a local mindset. They need to be choosy with their … [ Read more]

J. Carver Distillery rolls out two new whiskeys and brandy

J. Carver Distillery is no stranger to grain-to-glass spirits, whether it’s gins, vodkas, or whiskeys produced at their Waconia, Minnesota, facility. On Monday, April 10, J. Carver announced it would be adding three new spirits—Brickyard Straight Bourbon, Runestone Straight Rye, and Island View Brandy—to its lineup, each distilled and aged in Minnesota-made barrels. “Non-chill filtered … [ Read more]

The Flaming Lips and FEW Spirits launching Brainville Rye Whiskey

The Flaming Lips have teamed up with FEW Spirits to launch Brainville Rye Whiskey. The 80-proof whiskey is made from a combination of rye, corn and malted barley grown within 150 miles of FEW Spirits’ distillery located in Evanston, Illinois, and aged in new, charred American oak barrels custom-made in Minnesota. Like FEW’s regular rye whiskey, the mash … [ Read more]

Gamle Ode releases Rye Barrel-Aged Aquavit

Back when the Minnesota distilling industry was just a glimmer on the horizon, Gamle Ode was already bringing new-age aquavit to the upper Midwest. Michael McCarron has built a well rounded lineup of aquavits with help from the distillers at 45th Parallel, and his latest bottling takes advantage of 45th Parallel’s growing reputation for whiskey. Holiday on … [ Read more]

J. Carver Distillery to release Rye Whiskey and Apple Brandy

The second wave of Minnesota craft spirits is taking shape, as distilleries are beginning to  release aged spirits to complement their gins and vodkas. Vikre Distillery just announced the release of their first aged whiskey, and now, a Waconia whiskey is ready for the spotlight. J. Carver Distillery has announced via press release the debut of … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20