Spirits Close-Up: Infusions

This month’s Craft Cocktail, the Late Tea Time at Revival St. Paul, uses Earl Grey-infused gin to add flavor to the drink, so we decided to take a closer look at how and what to infuse with your favorite spirits. Infusing a spirit is an easy way to make show-stopping cocktails at home. It’s almost impossible … [ Read more]

Proof Artisan Distillers releases Glen Fargo single malt whiskey

Craft spirits are a new frontier—the distilleries among us new pioneers cutting a new swath in familiar grains. For Proof Artisan Distillers, highlighting North Dakota’s bountiful barley harvests in an American single malt whiskey is the perfect way to swing their scythe. Glen Fargo, called “The Single Malt of North Dakota” by Proof Artisan Distillers, … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Erica Williams

As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark … [ Read more]

Spirited Perspectives: Four industry experts share how Minnesota can become a world-class state for spirits

Minnesota’s spirits scene is young, but very promising. With the number of innovative bar programs and mixologists, and the ever growing list of microdistilleries, our spirits scene is becoming a real source of pride. But What will it take for Minnesota to become known as a world-class spirits state? We asked four members of the industry … [ Read more]

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The Barrel Mill announces threefold increase in production, introduces new 53-gallon oak barrel

Oak barrels are a hot commodity in the spirits industry. In the face of rising demand, The Barrel Mill announced Tuesday that the Avon, Minnesota, cooperage greatly increased its inventory with a threefold oak barrel production within the last year. Not only is the company stepping up its barrel production, but the business also introduced a new barrel to … [ Read more]

Great Scotch! The world is running out of single malt Scotch whisky

Lovers of single malt Scotch whisky may notice their wallets are a little lighter the next time they reach for their favorite bottle as prices for older vintages climbs due to greater global demand. According to a report by CNN Money, record demand for single malt Scotch whisky in the U.S. and developing countries like China … [ Read more]

Super-premium whiskeys lead distilled spirits growth in 2015

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced that 2015 was another year of steady growth for spirits in their annual briefing. Overall retail sales of distilled spirits in the U.S. market reached nearly $72 billion in 2015, up 4.1%. And for as much as we think the craft beer industry is booming, the spirits … [ Read more]

There’s a craft spirit revolution afoot… in Iceland

Think the booze scene in the U.S. had it bad with 13 years of Prohibition? Just consider Iceland, where full Prohibition spanned 27 years from 1908 to 1935, and full-strength beer was still illegal until 1989. Today, Iceland is experiencing a renaissance in distilling. The country’s first modern distillery, Reyka, opened in 2005 and since then craft … [ Read more]

Battle of the Cinnamon Whiskeys

Sazerac is suing Jack Daniel’s for using “Google searching advertising to ‘confuse’ consumers and ‘divert’ Fireball sales to its own Tennessee Fire variant,” reports Law360. The lawsuit accuses the company of purchasing keywords that cause consumers searching for Fireball to be shown pages for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire whiskey instead. It also states that Jack Daniel’s … [ Read more]

Tailor Made: Tattersall Distilling is a cut above

It’s autumn in Northeast Minneapolis. All the flannel and beards and work boots suddenly look appropriate. The breeze is no longer brisk—it’s just cold. I have the urge to burrow somewhere, to insulate myself against the coming winter. I just want to sit down and have a good cocktail and nothing else. And so I find myself … [ Read more]

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Modern Moonshining

Forget the image of the hillbilly in the woods: home distillers in the Twin Cities are serious about their craft—and their underground practice might soon see the light of day Jack’s garage smells like a brewery. And that’s mostly what it is. There’s a plastic drum full of malted barley in the corner. Three large … [ Read more]

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Nutritional information on booze is coming to the U.S.

Crown Royal will be the first alcoholic beverage brand to include serving and nutritional information on its packaging in the U.S., reports The Spirits Business. The panel will offer information such as the number of servings per bottle, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines of a “standard drink” (0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol), serving size, ABV, and number … [ Read more]

Dublin Airport celebrates 75 years with a limited-edition whiskey

Aer Rianta International, in Dublin, has partnered with Powers Whisky to create a limited-edition pot still whiskey to celebrate its 75th anniversary, reports The Spirits Business. Dubbed the “Powers Aviation” edition, the whiskey will only be available at the Irish Whiskey Collection at The Loop in the airport. It’s a single-cask whiskey and the release … [ Read more]

Pennsylvania’s liquor lottery system seeks to create fairer system for consumers

Like limited and rare beers, creating a fair system to sell bottles of limited-release liquor is challenging for retailers. Pennsylvania, which operates all the retail liquor stores in the state, however, is seeking a fairer system for selling limited-release and rare liquors. The change comes after the state’s online retailing website, FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, crashed last year when they used … [ Read more]

Happy World Sake Day!

October 1 is World Sake Day. While the fermented beverage, made from rice, water, koji (a culture made by growing different fungi on cooked grains or legumes), and yeast, isn’t new to the U.S., it has notably grown in popularity over the last year. Commonly called “Japanese rice wine,” sake is actually more similar to beer than wine … [ Read more]