Minnesota is a golfer's state. In fact, we consistently rank at or near the top in golfer participation in the U.S. What does this have to do with cocktails? Plenty — maybe. Minnesota's unofficial official cocktail, The Bootleg, or Bootlegger Drink, has been a favorite of the state's country club set for decades.
There are many reasons to celebrate this Independence Day, including the lift of Minnesota's 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales. Starting July 2nd, 2017, Minnesota will allow off-sale liquor sales, which means ALL 13 Haskell's locations will be open on Sundays!
Interested in artisanal, organic or environmentally sustainable products? Then this blog's for you, especially if vodka is also on your interest list. Because organic vodka is on the rise.
"If I cannot drink Bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven then I shall not go."— Mark Twain
Is there someone on your VSP (very special present) list that might have a twang of Mark Twain in his or her blood? Make this holiday season a super sipper by creating a killer bourbon gift basket and slipping it under the tree. We have some ideas on how to make this holiday neat or rocking special. Sad pun attempts aside, whether you want to spend $50 or $100, we have a couple of ways to give a perfect gift for the bourbon lover in your life.
“Cows, college, and contentment” is the slogan of the quaint town of Northfield, Minnesota. Though, it may soon need to add “cocktails” to that slogan, because a little distillery called Loon Liquors is making a name for itself (as well as some terrific Made in Minnesota vodka, gin, and whiskey).
It makes sense that Minneapolis’ first micro-distillery would pay homage to the legend of the Northwood lumberjacks (and the Norsemen that many of those fellows were). What we like about the small batch craft distillery are the spirits Norseman Distillery produces in Northeast Minneapolis. Focused on producing premium vodka, gin, and rum in small batches, this happening local distillery has received national kudos. The Strawberry Rhubarb Gin was called “special” in Bon Appetit, and we think so too.
Minnesota is a haven for those who love the outdoors, theater, biking, sports, and… wine. With more than 45 wineries across our state, you don’t have to head to either coast to enjoy the beauty that rows upon rows of glistening grapes upon a vine can offer. If you love planning your weekends, we want to help you map out your own tour of Minnesota’s wineries.
We often write about Minnesota craft beers. Why? Because so many are truly well-crafted, rooted in tradition – and, most importantly, great to drink. Isn’t that what a good beer should be, thirst quenching good?
When we are asked for our thoughts on Minnesota’s best brews, we can offer our take on some of our favorites and some of the top sellers. But ultimately, after our craft beer reviews, we leave the final decision to you. After all, everyone’s tastes differ and there is no right or wrong when it comes to what hops make you happy. But we do have some opinions to share.
Here are out thoughts on some of Minnesota’s best brews:
Lift Bridge – For those who love hops, check out Hop Dish (7.5% ABV) or the highly drinkable Farm Girl (5.8% ABV). Read our Lift Bridge blog.
Fulton Brewery – A standout IPA to check out, Sweet Child of Vine IPA (6.4% ABV). Find out what else these folks produce by reading our blog on Fulton.
Summit - We love this American IPA, Summit Sága IPA (6.4% ABV).
Here’s more in our blog about Summit Beer.
If you are a fan of craft cocktails, there is a good chance you’ve already tipped back some of the toast-worthy gin, vodka, and an aquavit from Tattersall Distilling. The Northeast cocktail room has only been opened a year and it has already garnered accolades including “Best Distillery” by the StarTribune.
At Haskell’s, we have been proudly carrying these local libations so you can craft your own version of the killer cocktails you’ve had around town. You might be surprised to learn that the majority of Tattersall’s offerings are specialty liqueurs.
Tattersall Distilling Spirits:
- Gin – It’s their flagship with 22 botanicals in their recipe.
- Barreled Gin – Their gin conditioned in French oak white wine barrels. Sipping gin.
The weather. It gives even the quietest Minnesotans something to talk about. But in St. Paul, it’s the Bad Weather – as in Bad Weather Brewing – that has beer lovers talking. The 7th Street Brewery and Taproom is a hot spot in the Capital City, with a lineup of great seasonal beers and rotating food trucks bringing a sense of the unpredictable that is, indeed, like the Minnesota weather.
WINDVANE – Red IPA
Bad Weather Brewing’s flagship beer is a four season IPA. No need to worry about high winds, humidity, or hot flashes.
ABV: 6.0% Malts: American & British Pale, Caramel, Roasted, Belgian
The HOPCROMANCER – American IPA
Pours gold with a thick white head.