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Find it Local Friday: New Year’s Drinks

Welcome to the last hours of 2011. Here’s the excitement left on my list this year:

1. Finish Seasons 2 & 3 of How I met your Mother.
2. Run the clean cycle on the washing machine.
3. Listen to Carpe Season’s Winter Playlist while REFUSING to leave the house on New Year’s Eve.

As wonderful as the local celebrations are, I’m not sure I have it in me this year. Settling in with a DVD, some cranberry cheesecake, and a glass of wine seems like the best plan. Whether you’re out on the town, heading to a house party with friends or staying in to watch Dick Clark, make sure to include Minnesota-made spirits in your celebration. We’ve done Minnesota wine and beer here before, but it’s always good to remember we locavores should also be loca-pours. Here’s a list of what Minnesota drinks you should ring in 2012 with:

Wines–I’d recommend anything on the menu from these Minnesota wineries:

Alexis Bailly Vineyard – Hastings, MN
Cannon River Winery – Cannon Falls, MN
Carlos Creek Winery – Alexandria, MN
Falconer Vineyards and Nursery – Red Wing, MN
Glacial Ridge Winery – Spicer, MN
Goose Lake Farm and Winery – Elk River, MN
Morgan Creek Vineyards – New Ulm, MN
Northern Vineyards – Stillwater, MN
Saint Croix Vineyards – Stillwater, MN
Two Fools Vineyard – Plummer, MN
WineHaven Winery – Chisago City, MN

Beers–2012 was a great year for Minnesota breweries.  Support my local favorites: 

Brau Brothers Brewery Lucan, MN
Finnegan’sMinneapolis, MN
Flat Earth Brewing CompanySaint Paul, MN
Fulton Beer– Minneapolis, MN
Harriet Brewing (New in 2011!) – Minneapolis, MN
Lake Superior Brewing CompanyDuluth, MN
Surly Brewing Company Brooklyn Center, MN

Liquors–If New Year’s won’t be the same without a cocktail or two, here’s a few drinks with a Midwestern heritage:

Prairie Organic Vodka –  Benson, MN
Shakers Vodka – Benson, MN
Crispin Hard Cider – Minneapolis, MN
Templeton Rye Prohibition Era Whiskey – Templeton, IA
Death’s Door Spirits (Vodka, Gin & White Whiskey) – Middleton, WI


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