A Tour of Minnesota's Speciality Liquor

25/04/2023 The craft alcohol scene was abundant in Minnesota way before it became a cool trend.

Minnesota is home to a diverse range of specialty alcohols, many of which are crafted by local distilleries using locally-sourced ingredients.
Whether you're a local looking to explore the state's craft alcohol scene or a visitor looking for unique flavors to try, Minnesota has plenty to offer.


Here are a few specialty alcohols from Minnesota that you might want to try:

1) Aquavit: 
Aquavit is a Scandinavian-inspired spirit that's flavored with caraway, dill, and other herbs and spices. It's a popular drink in Minnesota, which has a strong Scandinavian heritage. Many local distilleries produce their own versions of this flavorful spirit, including Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis and Far North Spirits in Hallock.

Tattersall Distilling and Far North Spirits
2) Honey Wine (Mead): 
Minnesota is home to a thriving mead-making community, with dozens of local producers crafting honey wines in a variety of styles. One of the most popular producers is Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia, which offers a range of honey wines made from locally-sourced honey.

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

3) Rhubarb Liqueur: 
Rhubarb is a popular ingredient in many Minnesota desserts, and it's also used to make a delicious liqueur. Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis produces a rhubarb liqueur that's sweet, tart, and perfect for mixing into cocktails.

Sociable Cider Werks

4) Port-Style Wine: 
Minnesota has a cold climate, which makes it challenging to grow traditional wine grapes. However, local winemakers have found success with cold-hardy grape varieties that can withstand the state's harsh winters. Many wineries produce port-style wines using these grapes, including Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria.

5) Scandinavian Schnapps: 
Schnapps is a type of flavored brandy that's popular in Scandinavia. Several local distilleries produce their own versions of this spirit, including Vikre Distillery in Duluth, which offers a variety of Scandinavian-inspired schnapps flavors, such as lingonberry and caraway.

Minnesota is home to a vibrant distillery scene, with dozens of local producers crafting high-quality spirits using locally-sourced ingredients. One distillery that stands out among the rest is Spirited Away, a small-batch producer based in the heart of the state. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful tour of Minnesota's best distilleries, Spirited Away is not to be missed - and neither is the excellent rye whiskey or bourbon whiskey. 

Written by Stuti Khetan, Beverage Trade Network

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