The core answer to this question for us is as follows; “A Craft Distiller is a person creating unique spirits that a consumer would not find offered by one of the big, multi-national purveyors of distilled spirits.” The issue for any conscientious consumer is that no absolute definition for “craft” spirits has been widely accepted. The American Distilling Institute identifies the mandatory components to receive its craft spirit certification. The spirit must be run through a still by a certified craft producer. Less than 25% of the … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a “craft” distiller?
Hand Crafted in Harmony
Most visitors that stop in our tasting room have a “tour” planned when they stop in. Did you know that Southeast Minnesota is home to a large variety of Craft and Farm to Table establishments? If you are heading north or south on highway 52 you can visit a number of these wonderful places and find something that will interest everyone in your group. Starting in Chatfield, MN you can visit Paw Print Brewery and sample some of their amazing craft brews. If you are hungry you can step right across the street to the west and visit JAC’s Bar and … [Read more...] about How do you “Tour”?
Our water in Harmony, Minn., comes from three wells ranging from 704 to 1222 feet deep, that draw water from the Prairie Du Chien-Jordan and Prairie du Chien-Wonewoc aquifers. The Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifer and the Prairie du Chien-Wonewoc aquifer are part of a sequence of sedimentary bedrock units in southeast Minnesota. The Jordan Sandstone is a white to yellow, fine- to coarse-grained sandstone. The Prairie du Chien Group comprises two dolomitic formations that are vuggy and fractured and interbedded with thin layers of shale. Karst … [Read more...] about The Water
We choose to buy our barrels from The Barrel Mill in Avon, Minnesota, because they are a locally owned company, keeping everything as Minnesotan as they can. Last summer we had the pleasure of touring The Barrel Mill cooperage. We think one of the reasons that they make the best barrels is that prior to charring the barrels they are toasted over oak chips. Toasting the barrels prior to charring helps to draw the oak sugar to the interior portion of the staves. This in turn allows the spirits aged in the barrel increased access to that … [Read more...] about The “Proof” is in the Barrel
At Harmony Spirits we are lucky to have the support of our local community and friends. Super Jim Strozyk is one of our local friends we can count on for help with most anything we have going on. Jim helps us in many capacities at the distillery in his free time. He has helped us with sales, bottling, hand sanitizer production, carpentry work and many other things. Jim hosts the 4th of July Car Show in Harmony, MN each year, he got us excited about the annual car show which we have hosted at the distillery the last 2 years. Super Jim’s … [Read more...] about Super Jim Strozyk