Minnesota Craft Distilleries Begin Direct Sales of Bottles to Consumers

Friday, June 26th at exactly 4pm, Wander North Distillery (NE Minneapolis), Du Nord Craft Spirits (South Minneapolis), and Vikre Distillery (Duluth) will become the first distilleries since prohibition to sell craft spirits directly to Minnesota consumers. The coordinated sale by Minnesota craft distilleries comes in the wake of state legislative changes, and actions taken by their respective municipalities, to allow Minnesota micro distilleries to sell bottles of their spirits directly to consumers.

Vikre Distillery Duluth Minnesota

Vikre Distillery

Progress made during the 2015 legislative session resulted in Governor Dayton signing a law allowing micro distilleries to sell one 375ml bottle per person per day directly to the public. The law removed a prohibition on direct sales that had been on the books since the mid-1930s. The Minnesota Distillers Guild sent members to St. Paul to explain the need for the law change.

“People were shocked when they came to our distilleries and learned that they couldn’t buy what we made,” said Shanelle Montana, co-owner of Du Nord and president of the Distillers Guild, “thankfully, state leaders agreed that this outdated law needed to change.”

The law change will move Minnesota craft distillers closer to parity with small breweries and farm wineries in the state. Larger bottle sizes and expanded days of sale are a few of the inequities that will need to be addressed in coming legislative sessions.

The idea for the coordinated sale was the brain-child of Wander North’s owner, Brian Winter, and Du Nord’s co-owner, Chris Montana. “This is a big step for micro-distilleries,” said Winter “this will allow the small craft guys to grow, create jobs, and give the people what they want.”

To commemorate the event Vikre Distillery is releasing their first aged product, Voyageur Cognac Barrel Aged Aquavit.

Wander North Distillery is located at 771 Harding St NE Suite 150 in Minneapolis 

Du Nord is located at 2610 East 32nd St in Minneapolis

Vikre Distillery is located at 525 Lake Ave S. in Duluth

Bottle sales will start promptly at 4pm, Friday, June 26th, at each location.


Related:

Chris Montana from Du Nord discusses the grand opening of Du Nord’s cocktail and their new cocktail club on the Minnesota BeerCast.

Du Nord, MNBeer, Craft Brewers Guild

Chris Montana – Du Nord, Ryan Anderson – MNBeer.com, Dan Schwarz – MN Craft Brewers Guild, Lift Bridge Brewery

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