This past Saturday I had the very fun experience of visiting a vodka distillery in Wisconsin. It's located about an hour from where I live in Minnesota. It was a cool, little place with friendly people and a tasty product(or three).
They have several unique distinctions including being one of the few distilleries that makes everything from scratch. The farm that grows their corn is right down the street and right smack on the 45th Parallel. They even get the lids for some of their bottles from a company next door as they try to keep everything they can local. I think that is really cool!
Here our tour guide is giving us a little show of how they make the gin. Which, I liked quite a bit. It had a very light juniper flavor, a nice change as sometimes the juniper can be a little over whelming.
The owners are moving into making whiskey. These barrels can also be used to make your own custom blend(if you can afford it that is).
I was quite happy to try the vodka and to take home a bottle of Midwest Gin and Madison Avenue Limoncello-the company's sweet addition and I'm pretty sure everyone on the tour bought a bottle as it is only available at the distillery. Yum!
Most of the organizations responsible for the economic crisis have yet to be held accountable and hide under the guise of the "free market" and "capitalism"-cleverly worded ways to behave unbound and with unethical practices. Everything is in place for it to happen again. Help stop yourself from being taken advantage of: read and sign the letter. Contact your representatives. America is for EVERYONE not just those of us who seem to be willing to step on everyone else regardless of what the consequences are to the country at large.
I have this somewhat strange habit of going to the same places over and over when I travel. I am trying to not do that too much anymore. One of those places is Chicago. I just love that town! I have been there no less than a dozen times!
If you ever get the chance to visit I can't say enough good things about the city. It has so much to offer.