Du Nord Craft Spirits, one of Minnesota’s first micro-distilleries, is now the first licensed cocktail room in the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. The cocktail room will open to the public on January 9, and will serve craft cocktails made using Du Nord’s Fitzgerald Gin and L’etoile Du Nord Vodka.
Du Nord’s cocktail room will feature craft cocktails ranging from the simple to the extravagant and feature local food. Du Nord worked with Mike Rasmussen (La Belle Vie, Marin, Bluestem Bar) to envision a cocktail menu that highlights Du Nord’s spirits through classic and new drinks. The cocktail menu will change with the seasons.
“We have something for everyone” said co-owner Shanelle Montana, “we’ve worked hard to do the classics well and create signature drinks you won’t find anywhere else.” Their location in the Hiawatha-Lake area of Minneapolis puts Du Nord in a ideal spot to work with local eateries and food trucks. Patrons will have plenty of food options to bring into or order to the cocktail room. “This area of Minneapolis is really taking off,” said co-owner and head distiller Chris Montana “we are surrounded by French, Indian, Ethiopian, Japanese, and American food, all of which go great with a cocktail.”
“We have something for everyone” said co-owner Shanelle Montana, “we’ve worked hard to do the classics well and create signature drinks you won’t find anywhere else.”
The cocktail room at Du Nord’s south Minneapolis location wasn’t possible before change to the law that allows micro-distilleries to sell drinks similar to how taprooms sell pints of beer. Prior to 2014, it was illegal to sell a cocktail directly to a consumer, micro-distilleries were mandated to only sell their products to distributors. “This is about common sense,” said Shanelle who is also President of the Minnesota Distiller’s Guild, “the cocktail room allows us to showcase our spirits the way most people consume them, but we have more work to do.” Minnesota law still prohibits micro-distilleries from selling bottles of their products to consumers, as well as operating a cocktail room on Sunday. Let’s hope this changes in 2015.
The ribbon cutting is scheduled for January 9th, at 4pm. After the ceremony Du Nord will be open for business. Get a look at their drink menu here. And, you can also listen to co-owner Chris Montana talk about the new cocktail room on the latest episode of the BeerCast.