Du Nord Spirits' first product, L'étoile vodka, hits the shelves
Courtesy of the Du Nord Facebook page
First there were local micro-brews, then the Twin Cities craft cocktail boom, and now the latest on the scene is a Minneapolis-made vodka. Du Nord, Minneapolis's first "micro-distillery" rolled out its first firewater Friday. L'étoile Vodka ($24), made from Minnesota sugar beets and corn, hit metro shelves following bottle signings and samplings at several locations led by owners Shanelle and Chris Montana.
Milling, mashing, distilling, and bottling at their South Minneapolis still with ingredients from Cold Spring to Red Wing, the Montanas pride themselves on all-local everything including their business and product names. The craft-spirit company pays homage to the French voyageurs who started small-batch brewing before Minnesota even entered statehood. Du Nord means the North, and L'étoile, French for "star," is a nod to our North Star State.
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