Last week, Eldritch and I went to the Minhas Distillery. Fun times. We got kinda trashed…
Now, I’ve gone on their brewery tour before. Did that last year. It was fun. You get a tour of the facility and an educational history of the company and beer making. Not only that, but you get a complimentary glass and get to sample some of their beers. I’m not talking little shot glass testers either. They will fill up your damn glass. Sampling happens before and after the tour. Also, you get to take home some more beer! They give you a variety of four beers, plus a soda, and leave a space for your glass in a convenient six pack carrier. (At least that’s what I got when I went. I’m sure it varies with whatever they have in stock at the time.)
Now, all of this is $10. The tour, the samples, the extra beer to take home. Everything. $10. Damn good value if you really like beer. Personally, I’m kinda meh about beer. It’s ok once in a while, but I still prefer hard liquor.
That’s why we went to the Distillery last week. During that Brewery tour, I found out that they had opened a distillery too. It was still relatively new, and had I known about it prior to going there, I would have voted Distillery first. Oh well. C’est la booze.
Ok, so, Distillery tour. Right, it’s not much of a “tour” as a “sit at the bar and try some drinks” kind of thing. Same price though. For $10 you get to sample four mixed drinks and have two extra shots of your choice. (We got three extra. The lady was nice and let us try a tiny bit of gin. Yeah, we still don’t like gin… Tasted like a Christmas tree.) While the glass is much smaller than the one I got for the beer, it’s still a decent size. Good couple of ounces. It would make for a giant shot.
Also, if you just want to stop in and check out some of their booze without the education part, you can try the sample run for $6. You get to try 5 or 6 shots of your choice.
Now, the only problem with this non-tour was that we hadn’t eaten anything beforehand. (I know, I know, Alchemy laws weren’t followed. Oopsy.) Yeah, we were kinda buzzing after two drinks. Kinda sad, but also, woo!
Out of all the drinks (which included various boozy things like moonshine, spiced rum, and tequila.) I enjoyed the simple rum and cola mix. It was always a big hit for me back in college, and spiced rums are always good.
I did also really enjoy the Irish Cream that they had. It’s got a chocolate caramel taste to it. Super yummy.
Oh, and yes, we got a bottle to take home. It was a mojito mix. Bright green. Kinda looked like they bottled up Slimer. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll let you all know how it goes. Also, Eldritch grabbed their ten times distilled vodka. I’ll poke her to do a review of that. (I’ll also poke her to bring that over so I can try it too.)
Should you happen to be in southern Wisconsin, go check them out: Minhas Brewery and Minhas Distillery.
Also, should you happen to get kinda trashed like we did, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants within walking distance. We ended up at a place called Pancho and Lefty’s. Now, first off, how could you not love a place called Pancho and Lefty’s. It’s a tiny bar.
Second… Chili cheese fry burrito. Yes. They have it. It’s huge. It’s full of booze soaking goodness. Delicious. Definitely helped to sober us up for the ride back home. (Now that’s one rule we will not break. Don’t drink and drive. Ever.)
I’m sure this review could have been a bit more official like. It might have if I had written it the day or two after we went and remembered more details. As it is, it’s full of rambly bits. Oh well. It happens. A lot.
– Rabid aka the master of rambles