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Women Who Whiskey: Defining Minnesota Rye with Far North Spirits

  • manny's steakhouse 825 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55402 United States (map)

Join Women Who Whiskey and Far North Spirits at Manny's Steakhouse in Downtown Minneapolis as we take part in a blinded unaged Rye tasting to help the distillery define the taste of Minnesota Rye.

Far North Spirits, a micro-distillery located 400 miles northwest of Minneapolis on a 1,500 acre family farm, received a three-year $188,495 crop research grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in February 2015 to complete a first-of-its-kind study to evaluate varieties of winter rye grown in Minnesota for agronomic performance in the field and flavor/sensory performance in the distilling industry. Michael Swanson, owner, distiller and farmer at Far North Spirits, will administer the grant. His vision is to make Minnesota a leader in the production of world-class rye spirits.

“Kentucky owns bourbon. Scotland, scotch. Minnesota will own rye,” said Swanson. “Our rich soil and extreme climate are perfect for growing this grain. AC Hazlet Rye, our favored variety, is already recognized as our signature.”

Through field trials conducted on Minnesota farms and sensory analyses conducted at Minnesota distilleries, this project will result in a research report that will be valuable to Minnesota farmers, distillers, seed dealers, brewers and maltsters. 

The goal is to provide producers and end users with an unbiased, reliable source of data, as well as the unique addition of flavor and sensory analysis. The report will be available publicly to all Minnesota farmers through the U of M and shared with micro-distillers nation-wide via the American Distilling Institute.

This is an exciting development in the Minnesota distilling industry, and we're excited to mimic the research study methodology at our July Women Who Whiskey event to see what flavor profiles and charcateristics Women Who Whiskey can help identify.

Tickets for this event are $50.00 and include a welcome cocktail and neat sample of Roknar Rye, samples of unaged Rye whiskeys for the taste test, appetizers, tax and tip. Seating is limited to 22 participants.

6:00pm - Check in, welcome cocktail, appetizers
6:30pm - Welcome and introduction to Far North Spirits, program begins
8:00pm - Event concludes

Women and non-binary folks only, please. 

About Far North Spirits:
Far North Spirits, one of fewer than 50 micro-distilleries in the nation that also farms the grains it uses in its spirits, currently produces four spirits that use rye, including two gins, a vodka and a rye whiskey. The Star Tribune named its first release, Solveig Gin, Best New Minnesota-Made Booze in May 2014. Rye grain grown by Swanson during Far North Spirits’ first year of operations was shipped to farmers and micro-distilleries in Minnesota, Maine and Illinois.