American consumption of alcohol didn't exceed pre-Prohibition levels until the 1960s when doctors began relying on libations to cure surges in Beatlemania. Toast to social and medical progress with today's Groupon to 45th Parallel Spirits in New Richmond. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a distillery tour and tasting for two plus $20 toward spirits or merchandise (up to a $30 value).
- For $23, you get a distillery tour and tasting for up to four plus $30 toward spirits or merchandise (up to a $50 value).
Lauded by critics and connoisseurs, 45th Parallel Spirits distills quality vodka pours, overseeing the entire process from grain to bottle within its facility. After securing an appointment for a group or private tour, patrons peek inside the libation-concocting procedure as guides explain how to examine locally purchased grain, patiently ferment mash, and replace bottled messages from stranded pirates. Tastings inundate nostrils with sweet aromas before flooding partaker palates with balanced flavors absent of additives. Once tastings wind down, customers can nab bottles of 45th Parallel Vodka, Midwest Vodka, Midwest Gin, or the new Madison Avenue Limoncello for home imbibing or obtain spirit accessories such as a ouija board that communicates with each drop from beyond the sip.
45th Parallel Distillery
Paul Werni had a lot of time on his hands. After relinquishing the successful landscaping business he helmed for 10 years, his mind wandered to thoughts of what he might do next. A love of well-crafted spirits eventually turned his attentions to books on distillation, which in turn brought him to workshops across the country and tours of distilleries in Austria and Germany. With a few in-depth lessons with experts from a Christian Carl distillery, Werni finally learned enough to create refined, flawless libations, and his own distillery was born. Lauded by critics and connoisseurs alike, 45th Parallel Distillery distills quality vodka pours from local ingredients and zero additives, overseeing the entire process from grain to glass within its facility. In addition to 45th Parallel Vodka—a name derived from the line of latitude on which France's Bordeaux region, Italy’s Piedmont region, and Vermont's Appletini region lie—the distillery also fills bottles with whiskey, limoncello, and Midwest vodka and gin, a budget-friendly alternative to top-shelf spirits that pairs well with mixers or stands alone for delicious home imbibing.