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.

In the Neighborhood: Spirits Crafted @ J. Carver Distillery

Founded in 2013, J. Carver Distillery is focused on producing unique, hand-crafted spirits one batch at a time. In collaboration with Minnesota’s agricultural community, their spirits are formulated using locally-sourced ingredients, such as winter wheat, resulting in the highest quality craft spirits.

J. Carver Distillery: A Teaser

J. Carver Distillery: A Teaser

One of the biggest questions I've been getting from my readers and friends over the past 4 months is "What do you know about the new distillery they are building in Waconia?"  Since I live within walking distance from the site and am usually on top of this type of thing, I decided that I should look into this mysterious project more closely!  Founder and partner Bill Miller and Gina Holman, founding partner and manager were kind enough to invite me out to the J. Carver Distillery for a tour and interview.

J. Carver Distillery plans innovative fundraiser to help raise grandstand

J. Carver Distillery plans innovative fundraiser to help raise grandstand

An innovative approach to fundraising being spearheaded by Bill Miller of the J. Carver Distillery in Waconia could help give the Waconia Baseball Association grandstand project at Lions Field the financial push it needs to get off the ground yet this fall — and help other community efforts in the future.

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