2012 Fine Spirits Classic

Fine Spirits Classic

Mill City Nights

When: Thursday, November 29, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Mill City Nights
111 5th St. North, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Join Minnesota Monthly magazine for the inaugural Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirits Classic at Mill City Nights in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The Classic will feature a wide selection of spirits from around the world, including premium whiskey, scotch, malts, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, and more.


General Admission Tasting Tickets:

$45 in advance • $55 at the door • Designated Driver Tickets: $10

The tasting will feature premium spirits from around the world, including whiskey, scotch, bourbon, tequila, gin, rum, and vodka. Guests can converse with master distillers and industry representatives, enjoy cuisine from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and be entertained by local bartenders from the North Star Bartenders’ Guild.

Featuring DJ Twice as Nice

DJ Twice as Nice

Tickets no longer available online. Available at the door.

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Legal ID required. No children or strollers.


Proceeds benefit Minnesota Public Radio

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Discount Rides:

Uber, “your on-demand private driver,” is the preferred transportation partner of The Classic.

Promo Code for New Users: Use promo code SpiritsNEW for $25 off rides to and from Mill City Nights on 11/29 (two trips total).*

Promo Code for Existing Users: Use promo code SpiritsUBER for 50% off rides, up to $15 off, to and from Mill City Nights on 11/29 (two trips total).*

How to Sign Up with Promo Code—New User
Sign up on app—Download the Uber application on your smartphone (iPhone or Android) from the app store and enter the promo code when you set up account (or add promo code if account is already set up).
Sign up online—Go to uber.com/go to sign up and enter promo code.


How to Add Promo—Existing User
Apply in app—Open the app and tap on account icon in top left corner. Tap on “Promotion Code” to add.
Apply online—Log in at uber.com/signin and go to “Promotions” to add promo code to account.

How to Request an Uber
Using the app—Open the app to see available Ubers. Set location, and make your request.
Via m.uber.com—Go to m.uber.com in the mobile browser, and enter address to make a request.
Via SMS—Send a text to 827-222 with pick-up location (address, Minneapolis) and reply YES to confirmation message.

Check out uber.com/msp for more info, and reach out to supportMSP@uber.com with any questions.

*Note: These are promotions and not credits to Uber accounts.



Q. Will the spirits representatives and distillers be at the event?
A. The distillers or a local representative will be present at the tables all night and will be on-hand to answer questions and discuss their spirits with guests.

MartiniQ. Can I purchase spirits at the actual event?
A.  No, but tasting notes will be available to help you keep track of your favorites so you can make purchases at your favorite retail store. 

Q. Will food be served at the event?
A. Yes. There will be hors d’oeuvres and you will have the opportunity to sample bites from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Q. What is the attire for the evening?
A. Business or smart business casual attire is recommended.

Q. Will there be seating at the event?
A. There will be limited lounge seating where guests can mingle.

Q. How do I get to Mill City Nights?
A. Directions:

From The Northeast: Follow 35W south to the Washington Avenue Exit. Take a right on Washington Avenue and proceed to 1st Avenue. Take a left on First Avenue and proceed to 5th Street. At 5th street take a right. Mill City Nights is located 1/2 block on the left-hand side.

From The Northwest: Follow I-94 east to the 4th Street exit. Follow exit into downtown Mpls. Proceed to First Avenue and take a right. Take another right at 5th Street. Mill City Nights is located a 1/2 block down on the left-hand side.

From The South: Follow 35W north and exit on 11th Street. Follow 11th Street into Downtown Mpls. to First Avenue and take a right. Continue to 5th Street. Take a left at 5th Street. Mill City Nights is located a 1/2 block down on the left-hand side.

From The East: Follow I-94 West and exit on 11th Street. Follow 11th Street into Downtown Mpls. to First Avenue and take a right. Continue to 5th Street. Take a left at 5th Street. Mill City Nights is located a 1/2 block down on the left-hand side.

From The West: Follow I-394 East to the 6th Street exit. Proceed to First Avenue and take a left. Go one block to 5th street and take a left. Mill City Nights is located a 1/2 block down on the left-hand side.

Q. Is there parking nearby?
A. Public parking is available in Parking Ramps A, B, and C. All are available within three blocks of Mill City Nights. Surface lot parking also is available between 5th and 6th Streets on 1st Avenue N.

Q. What if I am a designated driver?
A. Designated driver tickets are available and can be purchased online or at the door for $10. Compliance will be strictly enforced.

Q. Will taxis be readily available at the event?
A. Yes. Taxis will be readily available outside the venue after the event.

Q. Are there hotels nearby?
A. Yes. Here are some nearby accommodations to consider:

Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Map it!

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Map it!

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Map it!

Graves 601 Hotel
601 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Map it!

LeMeridien Chambers Minneapolis
901 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Map it!


Tasting Notes:

2 GINGERS® Whiskey

2 GINGERS® Whiskey both neat and
  mixed into 5oz Big Ginger® cocktails

45th Parallel Distillery     

45th Parallel Vodka
Border Bourbon
Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit
Madison Avenue Limoncello
Referent Horseradish Vodka           

AM Craft Spirits                                          

Dry Fly Gin
Dry Fly Vodka
Dry Fly Wheat Whisky
Mt Rose Cocktail Mixers
Roughstock Malt Whiskey
Roughstock Un-aged Corn Whiskey
Roughstock Wheat Whiskey


Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri


Fall Gimlet with Rehorst Gin and Bittercube
  Blackstrap Bitters
Kinnickinnic Old Fashioneds with Bittercube
  Cherry Bark Vanilla, Bolivar & Orange Bitters

Crosby Lakes Spirits                                 

Bison Ridge 8 year old Canadian Whisky
Glen Moray 12 year old and 16 year old Single Malt Whisky
KFB Honey Bourbon
Kinky Liqueur
Label 5 Blended 3 year old Scotch
Merrys Cappuccino Cream
Red Hot Cinnamon Whisky
Ricacha Horchata Cream Liqueur
Smartini Margarita and Pomegranate
Tomatin 12 year old and 18 year old Single Malt Whisky
Wolfhound Irish Whiskey


Baileys Hazelnut
Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky
Smirnoff Iced Cake Vodka
Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka

Frederick Wildman                               

A Last Word with Edinburgh Gin and Chartreuse
A cocktail containing Ilegal Mezcal and Chartreuse  
The 3rd cocktail will contain Pig’s Nose scotch or Sheep Dip
2 mixology cocktails

Great Lakes Distillery                               

Kinnickinnic Whiskey
Rehorst Citrus & Honey Vodka
Rehorst Gin
Rehorst Vodka
Roaring Dan’s Rum


Grey Goose                          

Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka
Grey Goose Cherry Collins
Grey Goose Noir – Cherry Bomb

Joia All Natural Soda                                 

Blackberry Pomegranate & Ginger
Ginger Apricot & Allspice
Grapefruit Chamomile & Cardamom
Lime Hibiscus & Clove
Orange Jasmine & Nutmeg
Pineapple Coconut & Nutmeg

Lehmann Farms                                         

A Bloody Mary and a martini along with the garnishments
  (Bloody Mary mix, assorted pickled vegetables, olives,
  dirty martini olive juice)

Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc. 

“Forbidden Ginger”—fig and vanilla infused Woodford
  Reserve Bourbon topped with Ginger Beer

Prairie Vodka                                             

Prairie Vodka

River Moon Coffee Roasting Company  

River Moon artisanal brewed coffee
River Moon coffee Kona Goddess shot

Shellback Caribbean Rum    

Shellback™ Silver
Shellback™ Spiced

Tito’s Vodka                                                

Tito’s Vodka


Boru Vodka
Bunnahabhain 12 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bunnahabhain Toiteach
Deanston 12 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Kelt Cognac VSOP
Kelt Cognac XO
Knappogue 12 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Knappogue 14 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Knappogue 17 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Pallini Limoncello