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Norseman Distillery, Minneapolis

#5 of 18 in Breweries & Distilleries in Minneapolis
Distillery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
The Legend

Norseman Distillery, the first micro-distillery in Minneapolis, was founded with principals of using the very best local ingredients to produce small batches of exceptionally fine spirits. From our micro-distillery in northeast Minneapolis, we hand craft each batch with the hopes of inspiring legendary cheer in those who drink it.

As legend has it, when Northwoods lumberjacks had felled their lot of trees, they would come charging south into the quiet hamlets of a young Minnesota. Surly by nature and wielding heavy axes, these vulgar beasts of men ransacked house after house in search of food to replenish their stores. The gentle townsfolk endured this tyranny for generations, until one day they decided they’d had enough. Using the finest grains from their own fields, they began distilling specially formulated alcohols capable of inspiring great merriment in those who drank them. The spirits were distributed to each home, where they were prominently displayed in bottles that bore the name of content’s owner – “NORSEMAN.” When the woodsmen returned, angry and violent as ever, they immediately snatched the bottles and drank greedily from them. Just as the villagers intended, within minutes the marauders became jovial and full of cheer, and the threat to peace and property was ended.

Taking our name from this little-known bit of regional heritage, Norseman Distillery was founded with similar principals of using the very best local ingredients to produce small batches of exceptionally fine spirits.

NORSEMAN produces the best spirits including, Organic Vapor Infused Gin, Premium Vodka, Rum aged in spent bourbon barrels, and Rye Whiskey. NORSEMAN also produces many additional seasonals including our news worthy Strawberry Rhubarb Gin!
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  • Mostly younger population when we were there. Tables are close together so intimate discussions may be a challenge. Majority were playing cards or visiting. Don’t be in a hurry.  more »
  • I purchased the cocktail workshop as a surprise date night gift for my husband. We had never been to Norseman before and really no idea what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised!! Our host and...  more »
  • Great staff, love the space, amazing cocktails, and some interesting spirits. Decided we needed to try them after seeing a bottle of their Pineapple Chipotle Gin at a local liquor store. I wasn't ready to risk the money on a bottle of gin that I didn't know if I'd like. Should have just bought it. It. Was. Amazing. Not at all a "traditional" gin, but very tasty. Norseman seems more than willing to try things that other distilleries would not. That makes for fun and interesting drinks. Their tasting room is a big, open, air-filled space that feels warm and welcoming. In the summer, it gets a fair bit of sunshine and they have outdoor seating. If you get a chance - go and have a drink. And try their "Yellowstone" liquor. Herbal, honey, and amazing. Five stars and two big thumbs up. We'll be back!!
  • I've never had such good cocktails before! These people are ARTISANS of their craft! From their Distillery, to the have crafted drinks. Everything is done with tender loving care! Plus, extra bonus of great artwork on the walls! (Full disclosure, my art is currently on the walls!) They always pick great shows. Sometimes you get the treat of the "I ♥️ Tacos" food truck. And let me tell you, the food truck there is OUTSTANDING. Great meeting place with friends! Relaxing, hip-modern atmosphere. Atmospheric trip-hop and down-tempo music.

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