The annual Heartland Whiskey Competition is an opportunity to highlight the important role corn farmers play in creating premium whiskey distilled nationwide. The 2019 Heartland Whiskey Competition, held in Chicago, featured only craft distilleries that incorporate corn in their mix of grains used to make whiskey.
Four Minnesota distilleries qualified and took part in the competition, with Far North Spirits, located in Hallock, taking the top prize for Best of State. The award was limited to 13 corn-producing states, including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota and Texas. The event was judged by the highly regarded American Craft Spirits Association.
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a proud sponsor of the Heartland Whiskey Competition as part of its efforts to showcase the many uses of our state’s corn supply. Participating Minnesota distilleries in 2019 included:
- Copperwing Distillery (St. Louis Park)
- J. Carver Distillery (Waconia)
- 10,000 Drops Craft Distillers (Faribault)
- Far North Spirits (Hallock)