Kare11 once again came out to our Minnesota distillery to learn about how the new tax code effects breweries and micro distilleries through a temporary excise tax reduction.
The Heavy Table describes themselves as “a daily Twin Cities-based magazine passionately telling the stories of food and drink — from roots to table — in the Upper Midwest.” and they’ve been collecting some of the best food, beer and spirits journalists in Minnesota to become one of the most respected blogs on the industry.
One of the things we most like about The Heavy Table is they are one of the few publications who’s not afraid to write open and honest critiques, and we were nervous about what they had to say about our Habanero rum.
Paige Latham was The Heavy Table’s journalist to reach out for a sample, and this is a quote from the article: “It is spicy, to the point where drinking it straight requires ice, at the very least. But after a few sips, it proved to be a favorite…”
Read the full article here: http://heavytable.com/second-annual-gravity-well-clockwerks-opens-and-skaalvenn-releases-habanero-rum/
Skaalvenn’s Habanero Rum makes Eater’s Holiday Gift Guide!
If you follow the Minnesota food and beverage industry, you know that even a mention by Eater Minneapolis is quite an accomplishment. We’re honored and humbled to have our Habanero Rum selected for their 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Food critic Joy Summers starts off the description as “Before you write this spirit off as a novelty, you’ve got to take a taste….”
Read the full article here: http://minneapolis.eater.com/2016/11/15/13637154/the-2016-twin-cities-holiday-gift-guide
Skaalvenn Distillery was featured on TV’s all across Minnesota on Saturday morning. Thanks to KARE11 and reporter Dylan Wohlenhaus for stopping out and letting us tell our story!
Brooklyn Park, MN – Skaalvenn Distillery has released their core trio of products (vodka, rum, and aquavit) they originally set out to make. Now that the business is stable and growing they are focusing on creating adventurous, new spirits which aren’t in the market. Their latest product is exactly that—Habanero Rum. The description on the bottle reads:
“Made with habanero and Thai chili peppers, this spicy rum boldly goes where few dare to tread.”
Skaalvenn’s goal with Habanero Rum is to usher in a new era of spicy cocktails which are sparse on menus around the country. It’s not a candy liqueur, and its heat level certainly isn’t tame or the norm for a product of Minnesota. It’s so spicy that Skaalvenn’s marketing strategy is to tell people not to buy it because it’s got more heat than they can handle–in case the red, devilish Viking and the word “Habanero” wasn’t enough of a warning. If black pepper makes you sweat, you’ll want to stay clear of this one.
First impression is the prominent yet pleasant nose of fresh habaneros with a hint of tropical fruit– it doesn’t burn but induces a noticeable reaction from the salivary
and sweat glands. Oh yeah, this one’s going to be hot!
Upon tasting, there is a smooth and creamy mouth feel. The light rum note is boosted by the flavor and heat of habanero, which moves through the palate. The burn of the peppers fade quickly enough to warrant further sipping. Thai chili peppers bring some heat to the tip of the tongue and add a subtle finish.
Mixing it into a sweet cocktail such as a mango daiquiri makes for an amazingly sweet and spicy battle. Adding a splash of Habanero Rum to a savory drink such as a Bloody Mary will give it a nice punch of heat.
Skaalvenn also hopes the Habanero Rum will be a favorite for the bar scene as bartenders will no longer be required to spend hours making infusions to spice up their cocktail menus. Skaalvenn products are distributed by Vinocopia and are in over 250 bars and liquor stores across Minnesota.
For further information, or to schedule a tasting please contact:
8601 73rd Ave North #28
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
About Skaalvenn Distillery: Skaalvenn is locally owned and operated and distilling rum in April 2015. Since then, Skaalvenn’s line of products expanded to include vodka, aquavit and now the habanero rum. The distillery does not have a cocktail room or retail area—tours are available by appointment only.
We were not only surprised, but extremely honored to have been contacted by the Tom Barnard Show saying that Tom Barnard himself wants us to come tell our story. We grew up hearing Tom’s recognizable voice on the radio and never thought in a million years that we’d be sitting in his recording studio and broadcasting a live show. Thanks to Tom and his wonderful family for having us on!
You can either listen to the podcast, or watch the video feed while listening (the video below should start playing at 53:53).