Minhas Distillery is located in Monroe, Wisconsin. After touring their brewery, we went across the street to check out the distillery. The two college aged gentlemen working the tasting room gave us information about their products and suggested some combinations for their liquor, all of which involved the sodas produced and sold by the company. I must say they had some fabulous homemade root beer.
Although we had had our fill of tours for the day, we still “officially” did the tour so that we could partake in the opportunity to try all of the liquor they had to offer and go home with a gift pack that included a bottle of their vodka and a glass.
The tour was filled with some interesting information about the industry. One of the original owners of the facility was thought to have been kidnapped by Al Capone. I love finding out little pieces of history like that! Especially since Al Capone has historical ties to our area as well.
The owner of the distillery is the father of the brother/sister duo that own the brewery. The family is based in Canada, but purchased so much product from this facility that they eventually bought it outright. From the distillery tasting room, you can see the house that they bought across the street for their once a month visits.
It is interesting to me to learn more about how challenging it can be to be able to sell alcohol in different states and countries. They had gorgeous empty bottles of the tequila they produce in Canada on display as a chandelier, but they are unable to sell in in the United States for legal reasons. The same was the case for their Irish Cream. I was disappointed because I wanted to try both of these products.