FREE SPIRITS TASTING: Far North Spirits (Gin, Spiced Rum, Vodka)


The Epicurean Trader - Small Batch Artisan Goods

401 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

San Francisco, CA, US, 94110

Drop by SF’s best specialty food and craft spirits store, The Epicurean Trader, for an opportunity to taste a selection of single-estate spirits from the folks at Far North Spirits.


The northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, Minnesota’s Far North Spirits is one of a handful of authentic field-to-glass estate producers of small-batch, craft-distilled spirits.

Inspired by a heritage of independence, hardihood and agricultural abundance, founding partners Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese fled the corporate world to Michael’s fourth-generation family farm. Here, they hand select, plant and harvest all non-GMO grains. They also mill, mash, ferment, distill and bottle all spirits entirely from start to finish.


Ålander OH-lan-der is made in small batches from domestically sourced Demerara and Turbinado sugar.  They purchase their spices whole (avoiding extracts or flavor-house oils) and infuse them by hand.

Tasting Notes | Showing a nose of allspice, nutmeg, clove and gingersnap cookies, Ålander is at once complex and exceptionally focused, like angels dancing on the somewhat crowded head of a pin. Background aromas of mocha, cardamom, and butterscotch give way to rootbeer, vanilla, and a touch of peppermint. Combining a smooth texture with clean, crisply defined flavors, Ålander finishes with sweet notes of caramel and banana bread.


Solveig SOUL-vai is born of AC Hazlet Winter Rye planted and harvested by the distiller on the family farm. Every step of production – milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and bottling – is done by hand at Far North Spirits.

Tasting Notes | Offering a nose of citrus, pine cones, and a hint of lavender, Solveig combines a creamy entry with an almost ethereal lightness on the palate. Complex and concentrated in the glass after twenty-four hours of air, the gin shows exceptional balance in the mid-palate, with added flavors of thyme and coriander. The finish is rich, persistent, and almost cool, with lingering notes of black olives and fresh grain. 

Finnish for “deep”, the name Syvä SEA-va points to the depth of detail in the artisanal methods and ingredients used in crafting this Nordic-inspired, small-batch vodka. Syvä owes its distinctive character to non-GMO AC Hazlet Winter Rye, which is planted, grown and harvested by the distiller on his family farm. Every step of production — milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and bottling – is done by hand.

Tasting Notes | Crisp, polished, and satiny smooth on the palate, Syvä offers aromas of lavender, malt, vanilla, and a hint of orange peel. Amid humdrum vodkas of conventional style, Syvä affirms its outspoken character and its plainspoken pedigree. The finish is amply rich and generously sweet.

About The Epicurean Trader

The Epicurean Trader is dedicated entirely to craft products: craft spirits; organic and sustainable wines; farmstead cheeses and charcuterie; small batch chocolates, coffees, teas and pantry items.

We hand select artisan products from across America for their dedication to the craft, their incredible flavors and fusions, natural ingredients and beautiful packaging. 

Our goal is to be a brand ambassador for these smaller brands, sharing their unique stories, and bringing many of them to San Francisco for the first time.

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