Simeon and Mark showing off their copper still at a Minnesota Distillers Guild meeting

Heavy Table – “The Launch of Loon Liquors”


“The Launch of Loon Liquors”

by Heavy Table

For all of the growth that Minnesota breweries and wineries have enjoyed in the last decade, a similar rise in craft distilling has not followed suit. While Minnesota-made liquor has been largely limited to Phillips and Karkov, Iowa and Wisconsin have been adjusting statutes to make limited-run spirits a more attractive venture.

The success of Templeton Rye and Death’s Door, among a handful of others in those states, made us wonder when Minnesota would see the writing on the wall. It was only a few years ago that a group of Twin Cities denizens traveled not 15 minutes east of the St. Croix River to form the nationally lauded45th Parallel Spirits. They cited Minnesota’s $30,000 annual distilling fee among the litany of reasons.

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