Far North Spirits Enters New York Market

Far North Spirits, field-to-glass distillers of Minnesota craft spirits Solveig Gin and Ålander Spiced Rum, will begin selling its spirits within the New York market in September 2014.

“We’re thrilled to bring Solveig and Ålander to the Big Apple,” said owner and distiller Michael Swanson. “Making small batch spirits on the family farm near our hometown of 900 people and then introducing them to a city like New York is truly the best of both worlds.”

Distribution in New York and New Jersey will be through T. Edward Wines, one of New York’s most respected importers and distributors with a 20-year track record of successfully pairing accounts and suppliers. T. Edward’s sales force of 20 people serve more than 2,000 accounts in New York.

“Far North Spirits is emblematic of where the whole craft distilling movement is headed; they place a tremendous emphasis on growing and sourcing quality ingredients,” said Scott Rosenbaum, Spirits Strategist at T. Edward. “This is a story we’re quite excited to tell because it resonates with every pour and taste. Working with Far North Spirits allows T. Edward to continue to grow a craft spirits portfolio built on the values of integrity, transparency, creativity, environmental stewardship and quality.”

Solveig and Ålander are currently available in more than 250 locations throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.

About Far North Spirits: Far North Spirits, the northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, is located on the fourth-generation Swanson family farm 400 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Far North Spirits is a field-to-glass distillery, meaning the owners also farm the grains used in their gin and whiskey, and hand select everything else – from the grains to the botanicals and spices. Its spirits are distilled in small batches using custom-made Vendome copper pot stills from Kentucky.

Husband and wife team Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese returned home in May 2013 to start Far North Spirits on the family farm after 20 years of living and working in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

It is the only field-to-glass distillery in Minnesota and one of less than 50 nationwide.