Cheri Reese and Michael Swanson
What started for Far North founders Cheri and Michael as a desire to live more seasonally and work more soulfully grew into a passion for making authentic, craft distilled spirits.
Michael farms the grains and is head distiller at Far North Spirits. He returned to his family's 1,500-acre farm after 20 years of exploring the ski bum life in Vail, the pharma sales life in Denver and the corporate life in Saint Paul. The constant throughout his career has been a love of cooking with a chemist's precision.
Cheri focuses on brand and promotion. She returned to Hallock after a career in public relations in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. She believes details matter.
Johny is assistant distiller at Far North and handles all aspects of production including mashing, fermenting, distilling and bottling.
A recent transplant with his wife Kaitlin from Seattle, Johny brings to Far North a storied background in sales, a dog named Baker, and a fairly impressive collection of bikes. He is our resident craft beer expert. We bet you can't name a craft brew he hasn't tried.
Aaron is our Minneapolis-based brand ambassador. He interned with Far North Spirits in the fall 2014 and learned about everything it takes to run the distillery, from yeast strains to bottling filling. He is passionate about craft spirits and experimenting with cocktails, often enlisting wife Meghan and friends to distinguish subtle differences among 10 different cocktail samples. (Which one has lavender simple with grapefruit bitters vs lemon bitters? Really.)
As Chief Shop Guy, Brett handles everything from cleaning tanks to building barrel racks and moving snow. He grew up near the Swanson Farm and now farms his own family's land nearby.
Weston and Millie
Both originally from Kentucky, Millie and Weston have relocated to Minnesota and bring with them an acumen for fine whiskey.
Millie enjoys playing "I bite your face" with Weston. She frequently isn't taking any calls.
Weston enjoys playing anything all the time everyday -- hey, WHAT'S THAT? He is eager to meet you and already loves you.
In addition to their full-time "Greeter" duties, they handle chasing deer and eating weird, unrecognizable things off of the ground.
Newest addition: Ryely
Six month-old Ryely joined the pack in September 2015. She plays her own version of Hunger Games with the dog crew at Far North and always wins. A FREE rummage sale find, she is both hilarious and painfully adorable.
Far North Spirits is a Minnesota craft distillery started by husband and wife team Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese. We are a field-to-glass craft distillery located in the northwest corner of Minnesota.