J. Carver rolls out Brickyard Bourbon, Runestone Rye, and Island View Brandy

J. Carver rolls out Brickyard Bourbon, Runestone Rye, and Island View Brandy

J. Carver Distillery has announced the introduction of three handcrafted spirits, Brickyard Straight Bourbon, Runestone Straight Rye, and Island View Brandy. Each was distilled and aged in Minnesota barrels at the distillery’s grain-to-glass facility in Waconia.

Distillery rolls out 2 new grain-to-glass spirits

Distillery rolls out 2 new grain-to-glass spirits

 Today, J. Carver Distillery celebrates its third year of distilling by announcing the introduction of two new handcrafted spirits, Sevilla, a whiskey-based liqueur, and Hunt Club Double Barrel Rye Whiskey. Both products were distilled grain-to-glass and aged in our barrel room at our facility in Waconia, Minnesota, located 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

WHY BARN-TO-BOTTLE IS WHISKEY'S HOTTEST NEW TREND

WHY BARN-TO-BOTTLE IS WHISKEY'S HOTTEST NEW TREND

Drink locally with these seven standout craft whiskeys. 

The farm-to-table movement in high-end restaurants may be old hat by now, but its corollary in craft spirits is just getting started. 

“Barn-to-bottle” whiskeys well worth sipping are springing up across the country, from New England to the High West. (Check out seven of our favorites in the slideshow HERE.)

A German Gin in Minneapolis You've Never Heard Of

A German Gin in Minneapolis You've Never Heard Of

There’s a style of gin I’ve never heard of before. You’ve probably never heard of it, either. Until now.

Minnesota Bourbon: J. Carver turns local corn to liquid gold

Minnesota Bourbon: J. Carver turns local corn to liquid gold

Now J. Carver of Waconia is releasing a bourbon to the market, made entirely with Minnesota-grown ingredients. After 14-plus months inside oak barrels (also made in Minnesota), Batch No. 1 of J. Carver bourbon whiskey is ready.

J. Carver Distillery to release Rye Whiskey and Apple Brandy

J. Carver Distillery to release Rye Whiskey and Apple Brandy

J. Carver Distillery has announced via press release the debut of an aged rye whiskey and Calvados-style apple brandy due out this week.

TERRIFIC LOCAL SPIRITS FROM J. CARVER DISTILLERY

TERRIFIC LOCAL SPIRITS FROM J. CARVER DISTILLERY

TERRIFIC LOCAL SPIRITS FROM J. CARVER DISTILLERY

Some of the best vodka and gin available is made at J. Carver Distillery, located just a short drive from the Twin Cities. Jason Newell, our manager of Wines & Spirits in Chanhassen, takes us on a tour of their facilities:

Local Drinks Cool Down Summer

Local Drinks Cool Down Summer

Whether area residents or visiting guests need to cool off or cool their heels, local establishments offer plenty of refreshing beverage options to make summer less about venturing away from home and more about staying local. Partake in some homegrown specialty concoctions, many of them made with ingredients from just down the road.

J. Carver Distillery opens for tours, tastings

J. Carver Distillery opens for tours, tastings

Public tours will begin on Saturday, June 6 and run hourly from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and can be booked in advance at jcarverdistillery.com. Tours will expand to include Friday afternoons beginning in July.

A Whiskey Lover's Gin

A Whiskey Lover's Gin

J. Carver Distillery in Waconia is making a barreled gin that I think is spectacular. This golden liquid is rich and surprising with a bump of vanilla riding through the grassy, citrusy ginny bits. It's a seductive sipper.

J. Carver Distillery gives favorite spirits a fresh, local take

J. Carver Distillery gives favorite spirits a fresh, local take

It was a similar spirit of adventure that spurred brothers Matt and Bill Miller and their team to open J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, creating a line of spirits that infuse old favorites with new flavors, using ingredients grown close to home.

THE MASH: GIN FROM A BARREL AT J. CARVER DISTILLERY

THE MASH: GIN FROM A BARREL AT J. CARVER DISTILLERY

J. Carver Distillery recently unleashed a “barrel-rested” gin (less time than “barrel-aged”) and the oak-kissed spirit thankfully retains its botanical brightness. “The delicacy of the gin is what we don’t want to lose by leaving it in too long,” said distiller Matt Miller.

J. Carver Distillery launches ultra premium spirits and the first barrel gin distilled in Minnesota: J. Carver Barrel Gin.

J. Carver Distillery launches ultra premium spirits and the first barrel gin distilled in Minnesota: J. Carver Barrel Gin.

J. Carver Distillery announces the introduction of a trio of grain-to-glass, handcrafted, small batch spirits: Lake House Ultra-Premium Vodka, Grimm Farm Ultra-Premium Gin, and the first barrel gin distilled in Minnesota: J. Carver Barrel Gin.

J. Carver Distillery of Waconia

J. Carver Distillery of Waconia

Waconia and its neighboring cities contain three wineries and two breweries. And last fall, a distillery was added to the tally. J. Carver Distillery erected its stills last August and sent its first bottles to market on October 23.