Minnesota Original: The Real Story Behind the Bootlegger Drink

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 24, 2018 12:45:20 PM

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.

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Out With the Light and in With the Dark Seasonal Beer

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 13, 2017 2:14:26 PM

It's the season of change. You know the drill. Bring out your favorite sweaters, light the wood fire and break open a hearty ale. It also means those light, fruity summer seasonal beers are making way for the dark ales and stouts that compliment autumn so well.

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Orchard Ales: Minnesota's Booming Cider Beer Scene

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 5, 2017 3:41:42 PM

Once October hits, it seems our fascination and  deep  thirst for all things from the orchard strikes – whether it's apples or pumpkins, you'll notice an explosion of autumn favorites. Minnesota's booming cider beer scene is exciting and fruitful. Our orchards are plump with arguably the country's best apples, so it's only logical we'd crush it with our ciders.

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3 Vikings Party Must-Haves to Celebrate Your Minnesota Pride

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 5, 2017 6:05:51 PM

Hey Vikings fans, are you stoked and stocked for Sunday? Do you have your Minnesota Vikings party essentials? Gather your beer, your booze, your food and your purple pride and get ready to cheer on the Vikings, as they're one victory away from a hometown championship! 

We've come up with a short list of ideas that you must-have to make your Minnesota pride shine, including some great party recipes to pair with your drinks. Go Vikes!

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Sunday Liquor Sales at Haskell's: What You Need to Know

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 20, 2017 6:01:04 PM

Minnesota's 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales has been lifted. As of July 2nd, 2017, Minnesota began allowing off-sale liquor sales, which meant all 13 Haskell's locations are open on Sundays!

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Organic Vodka: What Is It and How Is It Different?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 17, 2017 12:03:19 PM

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.

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How To Create A Killer Bourbon Gift Basket For $50

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 13, 2016 3:11:40 PM

"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.

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Made in Minnesota: Loon Liquors

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 3, 2016 10:09:52 AM

“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).

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Made in Minnesota: Norseman Distillery

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 8, 2016 2:51:00 PM

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.

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Tour These Enchanting Minnesota Wineries This Fall

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 25, 2016 10:20:30 AM

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. 

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