MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - Tattersall Distilling announced they will be building a second location in Wisconsin, a decision they say is driven by Minnesota's "restrictive" liquor laws.
The popular northeast Minneapolis distillery said on Thursday a new production facility and destination distillery will open in River Falls this autumn.
"Because of Minnesota's restrictive liquor laws, to maintain our presence in Minneapolis, we were forced to look outside of the state's borders," said Founder and CEO Jon Kreidler. "To stay as close as possible, we landed on River Falls and couldn't be more excited."
Kreidler said that in 2019, Tattersall was on course to surpass Minnesota's current production limit for microdistilleries. State law says that if a microdistillery exceeds production of 40,000 proof gallons, they are not permitted to operate a cocktail room or sell product directly to guests.
Tattersall had been looking to expand for the past two years, Kreidler said. Moving the majority of production to Wisconsin will allow the company to still operate the northeast Minneapolis cocktail room.
The new River Falls location - a 75,000 square foot facility - will focus on sustainability, with a solar roof and water reclamation system. It will have a full-service restaurant, amphitheater, fire pits, and indoor and outdoor event spaces.
Wisconsin liquor laws will also allow Tattersall to sell unlimited spirits to guests.
The Minneapolis cocktail room will reopen in June, with space to socially distance. It has been closed since March of 2020.
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