Much like the brewery boom that has occurred in recent years, Minnesota is experiencing a surge in new micro-distilleries throughout the state that bottle small-batch spirits such as whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and even aquavit and flavored liqueurs. The micro-distillery growth followed Governor Mark Dayton’s signing of a 2014 bill that made it legal for distilleries to open onsite cocktail rooms. Located throughout the state, you can purchase their fine liquors at an MGM store near you, and enjoy mixing up a refreshing cocktail with the finest ingredients.
Small batches of white whiskey, rum and bourbon are made in the historic Hamm’s Brewery site in St. Paul. Their Prototype Series experiments with different wheat, barrel ages and yeast strains to create the best whiskey possible.
The Bent Brewstillery recipe for success combines locally sourced ingredients with unique formulas for award-winning spirits. Try their house-made gin, rum, whiskey and Irish poitín (made from excess potato peels at a nearby restaurant).
Du Nord Craft Spirits
Working with Minnesota farmers, Du Nord’s spirits are made at their south Minneapolis location from grains found in the heart of the state. Purchase their artisan gin, vodka, coffee liqueur and apple whiskey.
Far North Spirits
This is the northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, and produces rum, an award-winning gin, whiskey and vodka on a fourth-generation family farm in Hallock, Minn.
Touting its feat as the first micro-distillery in the Twin Cities, Norseman Distillery has grown exponentially since opening its doors in 2013. Starting out with 5-gallon batches in a warehouse basement, Norseman now produces 5,000-gallon batches of its premium liquors. Try their flavored liqueurs, gin, pineapple chipotle gin, strawberry rhubarb gin, bourbon, white rum and vodka.
This Minnesota distillery specializes in whiskey, using fresh, locally grown yellow corn, red wheat and red rye to make its signature recipe. Located in Osakis, Minn., they also produce bourbon and spiced rum.
Prairie Organic Spirits
Look no further for award-winning spirits. They bottle their handcrafted vodka and gin in Princeton, Minn. using ingredients from three organic family farms in rural Minnesota: Sather Organic Farms, Little Big Man Organic Farms and Olson Organics.
Leading the micro-distillery movement in the Twin Cities, this distillery has developed a long list of spirits, including gin, triple-filtered vodka, rum, bourbon, aquavit, pommeau apple brandy, absinthe, whiskey and a variety of flavored liqueurs and cremas.
If anyone is bottling the flavors of Minnesota, it’s Duluth-based Vikre. Try their juniper, spruce and cedar gins, or one of their aquavit varietals. They also produce whiskey and vodka.