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.
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.
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.
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.