DINNER & DRINKS
by Kelsey Linnemeyer, Marketing & Events Coordinator
Although the weather was cold and bleak, the Kilkare Lodge at the final Dinner Series Event of 2021 was warm and inviting. Guests arrived to a candlelit dining room and were greeted with a drink to kick off the evening. This past month’s collaborator, Dan Oskey, stood front and center as he prepared the other cocktail pairings for the remainder of the evening.
Dan Oskey is the Founder and Chief Operator of Tattersall Distilling Company. Founded in 2014, Tattersall is one of the most highly acclaimed and fastest growing craft distilleries in the country. With a focus on using the best ingredients available, sourced locally whenever possibly, Tattersall makes more than 30 all-natural, award-winning spirits, liqueurs, and ready-to-drink cocktails. After spending the last 6 years in NE Minneapolis, Tattersall recently opened a new distillery in River Falls, Wisconsin. The company expanded and moved into a new territory due to Minnesota’s restrictive liquor laws. MN is the only state in the country that still has 3.2% ABV beer and that limits what large craft brewers can and cannot sell. Distilleries, like Tattersall, can’t sell full-sized bottles and once the operation gets “too big”, they can’t operate a cocktail room. With all these restrictions working against Tattersall’s expanding business, they were essentially forced to move out of state. Their new location is home to a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar, an outdoor patio with fire pits and lawn games, a large amphitheater for concerts and weddings, an expansive ballroom for up to 420 people, and a retail space. There they will have no limits on their production capacity.