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 took home awards: Du Nord Craft Spirits, Tattersall Distilling, and J. Carver Distillery.
First up, the “Best of Class Winners.” Taking the “Best of Vodka & Grain Spirits” was Du Nord for their L’etoile Du Nord, made with sugar beets and corn. Tattersall took home the crowning “Best of Gin” for their Barreled Gin, the distillery’s flagship conditioned in French oak white wine barrels.
Tattersall essentially swept the speciality category, with Orange Crema taking gold, Grapefruit Crema, Aquavit, and Fernet each earning a silver medal, and Creme de Fleur and Absinthe Blanche winning bronze. The Northeast Minneapolis distillery also took home a bronze for their vodka.
Du Nord won gold in the gin category for their Fitzgerald Formula No. 1 and bronze medals for their Apple Du Nord and Café Frieda.
J. Carver won a bevy of awards, taking home silver for their Lake House Vodka, and bronze awards for their Barrel Gin, Apply Brandy, Hunt Club Double Barrel Rye Whiskey, and Sevilla Liqueur.
Bravo, Minnesota spirits makers, for providing us with some quality liquors. Now it’s our turn to raise a glass and toast to you. Click here for the complete list of winners.