A taste of ‘Plague Water,’ and other spirits of centuries past

I’m drinking Plague Water. It’s made from a medieval-sounding roster of roots and herbs including zedoary, valerian, horehound, thistle, and rue. It tastes bitter and strange—but I have it on good authority that these ingredients are a “singular remedy against pestilence and poyson.” So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. The recipe is from … [ Read more]

Two Minnesota Distilleries Awarded Best of Class at 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards

Medalists for the 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards were announced Monday, February 11, at the annual ACSA Distillers’ Convention & Vendor Trade Show, hosted this year at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The awards are divided into seven categories—Brandy, Gin, Rum, Specialty Spirits, Vodka & Grain, Whiskey, and Innovation (a new category in 2019, recognizing … [ Read more]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: April 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.   Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor ■ Trabanco Cosecha Propia When considering the top cider regions in the world, France, England, and the East and West Coasts of the U.S. … [ Read more]

Tattersall, other Minnesota distilleries medal at 2018 American Craft Spirits Association awards

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), a national nonprofit aiming to support and elevate the U.S. craft spirits community, released the results of their Fifth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, with a few notable nods to Minnesota distillers in the mix. Meal winners were selected from 500 entries across 39 states, including D.C., with the … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: June 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Wyndfall Cyder Driftless Dry, Kate Murphy, Editorial Assistant   On a muggy summer’s day, I thirst for something to beat the heat that’s refreshingly light, tart, … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: Aquavit

This month’s Craft Cocktail: Swedezerac at Fika uses anise-infused Skaalvenn Aquavit to complement to the fennel note that dominates the spirit, so for this month’s Spirits Close-Up we’re diving into locally-produced aquavits to learn more. Bourbon has Kentucky. Absinthe has New Orleans. But aquavit has no spiritual center in the United States. Minnesota could be on … [ Read more]

3 Minnesota distilleries take home medals from 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards

Minnesota’s spirits scene may be young, but the state has some top-notch distilleries that are producing award-winning libations. At this year’s Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee, the American Craft Spirits Association judged 550 spirits across categories including whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and grain, brandy, and specialty. When the votes were tallied, three Minnesota distilleries … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Dan Oskey and Jon Kreidler of Tattersall Distilling

Imagine, if you will, a world without a Negroni, an aviation, or a Corpse Reviver #2. We’re talking no Palomas, no sidecars, and—gasp!—not a margarita in sight. Thankfully, I don’t have to imagine such a world because the secondary spirits that make all of those possible—liqueurs—exist in this great world of ours. Liqueurs are to … [ Read more]

Distilling a Definition: What are ‘craft spirits’ and does it matter?

You needn’t look any further than the Twin Cities to see the flourishing craft spirits movement afoot in the United States today, with new distillers taking up residence in old warehouses all around us. As of March of this year, the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) reported that there were upwards of 1,300 spirits producers … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: October 2016

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter,Facebook, and Instagram. Tattersall Distilling Amaro, John Garland, Senior Editor John Keats once called autumn the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s also the feeling I get from my … [ Read more]

Tattersall Distilling to release blackstrap rum

Northeast Minneapolis will get a taste of the Caribbean on September 26 when Tattersall Distilling launches its new Blackstrap Rum. The 90-proof spirit is made from 100% molasses. The public can head to the distillery and cocktail room from 5–10pm on Monday, September 26, to try the smoky-flavored rum, as well as jive to reggae, dancehall, and … [ Read more]

Wyn 65, a food Winnebago from Lyn 65, to debut at Tattersall on May 2

Wyn 65, a vintage Winnebago-like food truck from Lyn 65, will serve its first bites at the Wynstock launch party at Tattersall Distilling on May 2, from 5pm to midnight. Tattersall will have a live DJ on hand, plus cocktails made to pair with Wyn 65’s fried chicken, bologna sandwiches, and other favorites from the Lyn 65 menu. … [ Read more]

Tattersall Distilling and Bauhaus Brew Labs’ whiskey collaboration

Tattersall Distilling and Bauhaus Brew Labs are teaming up on a new whiskey collaboration using Bauhaus Brew Labs’ Stargrazer. Bauhaus co-owner Mark Schwandt posted a photo on Facebook of the fully fermented (but uncarbonated) beer being transferred to Tattersall’s distillery where it will be distilled into malt whiskey. The whiskey will age in barrels for around a year, … [ 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