So much handcrafted local vodka...

Few American vodka producers actually do their own distilling, instead buying neutral grain spirits from large agricultural processors. But one of the few DIY-distillers is a newcomer, 45th Parallel Spirits, located just east of the Twin CIties in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Paul Werni founded of 45th Parallel Spirits with the help of his father and his long time friend Scott Davis, who owns Toast Wine Bar in Minneapolis. 45th Parallel's grain comes from one small farmer in the area, then fermented, distilled, blended, filtered, and bottled onsite. For a list of where to find 45th Parallel, click here.

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