Wander North Distillery closing its cocktail lounge, moving production operations

After five years at their Northeast location, Wander North Distillery is closing its cocktail lounge and moving its production to a smaller facility. “Wander North will still be in business,” said founder Brian Winter in the official announcement. “After five years, though, it was time to step back and evaluate what we’ve been doing.” Winter … [ Read more]

Wander North to release second Uncharted Whiskey on October 7

The liquid distillers use to make spirits is often referred to as distiller’s beer. It makes sense since the process of mashing and fermenting the distiller’s beer is essentially the same as that of your favorite craft brewery. Wander North‘s Uncharted series, though, is a literal take on the term as it uses the malted barley mash … [ Read more]

Wander North debuts whiskey series made from Northeast craft beers

Wander North Distillery, maker of Outpost Vodka, is debuting a series of whiskies made from the beers of Northeast Minneapolis. Their Uncharted whiskies are made in collaboration with several breweries, and distilled from the distinctive malt bills of some iconic Northeast beers. “After the release of the Applejack we did in collaboration with Sociable Cider … [ Read more]

The State of Minnesota Whiskey

The Minnesota craft-distilling scene is looking to find its place in the geography of whiskey. With a handful of distilleries now past that two-year mark, it’s nearing the time for many to make the jump from barrel to bottle and start bringing aged spirits to market. Adrian Panther of Panther Distillery in Osakis believes Minnesota’s … [ Read more]

Wander North opens its cocktail room, teams up with NorthGate

Photos by Aaron Davidson Where else but in Northeast Minneapolis would a cocktail room and a taproom end up, by chance, as neighbors. This weekend Wander North Distillery will open as Minneapolis’ third cocktail room (after Du Nord and Tattersall, respectively). It’s neighbor? NorthGate Brewing. With Wander North’s menu of vodka- and gin-based drinks and … [ Read more]

Craft Distillery Bottle Sales Start Friday in Minnesota

The rise of craft breweries and cideries in Minnesota has coincided with a renaissance of craft distilleries throughout the state. There are 14 microdistilleries currently in operation (or soon to be). But unlike taprooms, which can sell their beer directly to customers in growlers, distilleries were unable to sell bottles of their liquor on site. Until … [ Read more]

Wander North Distillery Opens, Vodka Released This Weekend

Wander North is located in what’s becoming a new destination district for the city’s alcohol makers – just down Broadway from Norseman Distillery, and in the same building as Northgate Brewing’s upcoming taproom and production facility. Their first spirit, Outpost Vodka, is made from 100% Minnesota-grown corn sourced from Fluegel Elevator in Rosemount. It’s milled into … [ Read more]

Wander North Distillery Signs Lease in Northeast Minneapolis

By Brian Kaufenberg Eighty years after the repeal of Prohibition, Minnesota’s craft distilling industry continues to gain momentum. This week a new distillery signed a lease in Northeast Minneapolis. Wander North Distillery is the project of Brian Winter, a veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard, who hopes to be “distilling high quality spirits from … [ Read more]