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
Hand Crafted in Harmony
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
The first question our customers ask us when they visit our tasting room or see us at a tasting event is “What made you decide to open a Micro Distillery?” The answer can get lengthy, but at the core it is simple. Everyone has gone to work and about 3 hours into their day thought “What the hell am I still doing here?” All 4 of us (Andy, Damon, Jim and Larry) worked together at the same ethanol plant. In the beginning the work was hard but rewarding. We all worked together as a team and made decisions as a team. Over time the management … [Read more...] about Why did we build Harmony Spirits? (the short version)
Approximately 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at the Mayo Clinic. I had been struggling with acid reflux for my entire life (40 plus years) and had always blown it off as “mental stress.” The culmination of my digestive issues were some incredibly painful cysts throughout my GI system. My blood test showed I was negative for Celiac but a tissue sample during my colonoscopy showed definitively positive. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. The disease is triggered by ingesting foods … [Read more...] about Why are Harmony Spirits products gluten free?
European colonists brought with them the practice of distilling whiskey in the 1600s. Local production of whiskey became important when England cut off supplies of rum and molasses during the American Revolution. As Scottish and Irish immigrants settled in the new territories, they began cooking new types of mash with the grains that were available, primarily corn. Many settlers used Whiskey as a form of currency during the American Revolutionary War. In 1791 the “Whiskey Tax” was levied by Alexander Hamilton on all domestically produced … [Read more...] about Whiskey