• April 16, 2021
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Not often is Minneapolis, MN on the top of a traveler’s hit list, but come this summer, there will be a reason to fly the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, especially if you enjoy a fine whiskey. Opening this June and releasing the first of many charred oak Irish American Whiskeys, O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company and Keeper’s Heart is being made with the belief that the spirit of family and friends, and shared experiences, provide a deep connection and meaning in lives of many.

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. started with a vision to create a line of both Irish and American whiskeys, that pay tribute to Irish-American family heritage and that of the Twin Cities. And in true “Minnesota Nice” nature, the purpose of building the distillery was to bring people together and bring back the community of whiskey lovers that once was.

The forthcoming distillery in itself is an outright masterpiece, housing three triple copper pots, where the American Whiskey is made in the traditional Irish triple distillation style.  The intent is to create a lasting legacy for future generations of whiskey lovers, and that comes with the help of renowned Master Distiller Brian Nation.

We set about building a distillery in our family hometown of Minneapolis, which will produce world-class whiskey and serve as a source of pride for the community.  We are immensely proud of our whole team, including renowned Master Distiller Brian Nation, who brings the highest level of quality, craft, and innovation to O’Shaughnessy’s collection of whiskeys. Formerly of Redbreast, Powers, Midleton, and Jameson whiskeys, Nation has joined O’Shaughnessy at the ground floor and with his years of experience, the first barrels of the Keeper’s Heart are set to be simply magnificent.

The first bottles of the Keeper’s Heart will be made from 100% American grains distilled in the method that famed Irish Whiskey has been produced for centuries prior. Using a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley, this triple-distilled whiskey will age in virgin American oak casks, creating the finest triple distilled American pot still whiskey.

When the doors and barrels open at O’Shaughnessy, there will tastes and spirits worthy of the highest recognition. The distillery’s architecture will rival the U.S. Bank Stadium. The heritage of the forthcoming Keeper’s Heart will go hand in hand with MSP’s Grain Belt. And when it comes time for you to sip on O’Shaughnessy’s Irish American Whiskey, it comes with fair warning; some things really are supposed to be that good.



Members of the Keeper’s Heart Cask Society will receive:

Opportunity to purchase whiskey aged in a unique cask

VIP tour of the O’Shaughnessy Distillery in Minneapolis hosted by Master Distiller Brian Nation, including an official cask signing, certificate of authenticity, tasting, tour, lunch and cocktails, and the presentation of your Key to the Keep

Exclusive access to the Keeper’s Heart Cask Society website with behind-the-scenes access to the distillery, updates on the casks, and early access to purchase limited releases

Personalized letters from the Master Distiller complete with tasting notes

Annual samples and the ability to work with the distillery team to optimize aging and bottling

Bottles with personalized labels

Hand-forged key celebrating the membership