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Spirits meet smørrebrød: Norseman Distillery rolls out first-ever food program

Imagine plates of food next to that duck. That's the current reality at Norseman Distillery.

Imagine plates of food next to that duck. That's the current reality at Norseman Distillery. Renée Jones Schneider

Any respectable drinker knows you don't hit the hard stuff without a solid base of food. That strategy just got a lot tastier at Norseman Distillery in northeast Minneapolis. 

The craft spirits purveyor recently rolled out its first-ever food program, and it sounds like Nordic-inspired delight. 

Here's what's available now, chef Jackie Von tells City Pages: 

  • Beet-pickled deviled eggs with whiskey capers and dill
  • Red snapper ceviche
  • Fried blue cheese- and vermouth-stuffed olives
  • Mini churros with rotating dipping sauce
  • Smørbrød featuring a golden beet and sheep's milk spread and pickled herring
  • Cheese plate with rotating local cheeses
  • Beet hummus plate

Von expects the full menu to arrive in April. Highlights will include whole roasted whitefish, spring pea tartare, and mussels with yellow chartreuse. 

Your whiskey-swillin' pals at City Pages named Norseman the Best Distillery of 2014