Minnesota Distillery

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.

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.

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.

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