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 cornmeal, and mashed in 400 gallon tanks, that Winter notes is approximately 3.17 buttloads (what’s a buttload, you ask? Why, two hogsheads, of course).
The spirit is distilled twice – a “stripping” run and a finishing run. The vodka has the residual sweetness in its flavor profile that corn-based spirits, especially bourbons, are known for. Their website even mentions using the vodka like cachaça, muddling it with brown sugar and lime like a caipirinha.