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Sunrise And Sunset - Along With The SW Minne Tour

The sun rose over the distillery this morning as we were busy making vodka and gin, and only one thing came to mind (other than the vodka and gin of course), these are some of the most glorious days in Minnesota. 

Sunrise Over J. Carver Distillery

Sunrise Over J. Carver Distillery

Cool nights and crisp morning air, along with views of breathtaking morning mist dancing across many of our 10,000 lakes, including Lake Waconia, as the sun rises giving us afternoon warmth...this can mean only one thing, autumn in Minnesota is here. 

This is the time so many travel around the state soaking in the sights and smells of the season.  At J. Carver Distillery, we are very grateful to be surrounded by so many wineries and breweries who are buzzing with activity as many customers visit their tap rooms and sampling rooms taking in everything these businesses have to offer from new vintages of wine to the latest seasonal ales on tap. These are exciting times for Waconia and its surrounding communities.

Picturesque Lake Waconia

Picturesque Lake Waconia

Our distillery, and our local breweries and wineries worked with Stephanie and Lori from the SW Metro Chamber of Commerce to set up the SW Minne Beer, Wine & Spirits Tour. Many of you, our distillery friends, have shared with us how much you have enjoyed your visits to these businesses and have asked when we will be open for distillery tours and tastings. We are looking forward to that day, but for now, we are focusing our efforts on getting our products to all of the local liquor stores and area restaurants. We are working on vodka and gin and many other distinctive spirits for you to try. From vodka and gin, to bourbon, brandy and whiskey, we are committed to producing distinct spirits inspired by a tradition of craft and curiosity made with local ingredients just down the road. There will be much more information published on our website in the coming weeks informing you of when and where you can find our products. We look forward to seeing you at your liquor stores in the coming months as we pour samples and have you taste our products. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

Sunset Over Lake Waconia

Sunset Over Lake Waconia

As this gorgeous day comes to an end and the sun is setting, another thing comes to mind…we are still here making vodka and gin…and couldn't be happier! J. Carver – Spirits of Discovery.

Buzzing with activity - No peeking in our windows

Fermentation Tanks

Fermentation Tanks

Ark anyone? All the rain is putting a damper on outside activities but it’s not having an effect on what’s happening under our roof. No peeking in our windows. The distillery has been buzzing with activity this week, including the delivery of our fermenter tanks on Monday, and a pair of 5,000 gallon water tanks on Tuesday. Steam lines are being installed and plumbing is coming along as well. Our RO system is completely installed and operational. We are putting the finishing touches on the sample bar build out with great work done yesterday by Technomark who installed our really cool back lit logo on the wall. The final tiles are being laid today on the back bar and we look forward to the samples we will serve you when we open for tours. Many of you have been asking, and will be able to zone in on an opening date once we receive notification that our stills are on a boat. Stay tuned! Until then, I’ve been updating photos of all the daily distillery progress. Take some time to check it out on our gallery. Cheers to all and try to stay dry!

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