Dampfwerk Distillery is a true labor of love. The Loeffelholz family has meticulously worked to create European-influenced spirits in the lab at their distillery in SLP. Rolf, with a hard-to-hide German accent despite having been in Minnesota for many years, has a background in food and beverage and his work has served him well in this new adventure. This is clearly his passion, obvious the minute he starts talking about brandy stills in small town Germany. I think all of us have a secret fantasy of quitting our jobs to pursue a distillery (or brewery, or hot dog stand, or ice cream shop) dream, so I couldn’t help but feel inspired by this story and when seeing the family in action on my tour. And FYI the spirits are available at South Lyndale Liquors and Total Wine among other spots around the cities- keep an eye out!
I tried several Dampfwerk spirits at a cocktail-making party recently, and our friend made this amazing Pear Brandy Sour. You should def give it a whirl!
Here’s the recipe:
1 & 1/2 ounce Dampfwerk pear brandy
1 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Shake with ice, serve with a cherry and a dash of Peychaud’s bitters.
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