Far North Spirits
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“Swanson and Reese are a new breed; like chefs, they’re thinking hard about how to maximize the natural strengths of Hallock and the surrounding region.”

— adam dosteR, travel + leisure

“Mike Swanson thinks Minnesota could be at the center of a whiskey revolution.”

— Dan Gunderson, MPR



"Far North Spirits Roknar Rye Whiskey -- A perennial benchmark in Minnesota rye."

— John Garland, The Growler



“The Ålander Spiced Rum from this Minnesota producer, spiked with vanilla and nutmeg, is a perfect base for hot toddies and punch.”

— Elyse Inamine, Food & Wine



“The husband-wife team of Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese uses winter rye grown on the family farm, and all the work from harvest to bottling is done by hand.”

— Star Tribune



"[Far North Spirits] has caught the attention of some fine restaurants, including Le Bernardin in New York City."

- Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald





“Far North serves the land and the local community by minimizing the use of herbicides, practicing crop rotation, and employing local farmers during their idle winter months. For Far North, sustainability is all-encompassing.”

- Adam Polonski, Whisky Advocate



If it doesn’t say ‘distilled’ on the bottle, the brand you’re buying from didn’t actually make it explains Mike Swanson of Far North Spirits in Hallock, MN.

— Karen Locke, GQ



“...Far North is built on a farm, on the same land Mike’s great-grandfather, grandfather, and father farmed—the land on which his parents still live.”

— Ellen Burkhardt, The Growler



“In the Minnesota hinterlands, a young couple has embraced the concept [hygge] as a way of life -- joining a handful of authentic field-to-glass estate producers of small-batch, craft-distilled spirits.”

- Romy Pokorny, Martha Stewart