The Brother Justus Story

Minnesota has always been … different. 

Most people don’t know that farmers in Central Minnesota – from Stearns, Todd, Douglas, Morrison, and Benton Counties – made the best, most highly coveted moonshine whiskey of Prohibition. And the man who helped them do it wasn’t a mobster; he was a monk named Brother Justus.

Our Whiskey

  • Single Malt Silver Whiskey

    America’s first unaged single malt whiskey.  Meticulously hand brewed and hand distilled from 100% Minnesota malted barley. Creamy, crisp, full-bodied and well-balanced. An incomparably versatile cocktail spirit.

  • Single Malt American Whiskey

    Uniquely rich and satisfying single malt American whiskey.  Hand brewed and hand distilled from 100% Minnesota malted barley.  Aged in charred Minnesota white oak barrels. Buttery smooth, with unfolding layers of butterscotch, toasted oak, roasted peach, and barbecue smoke. Made like scotch. Aged like bourbon. Tastes like Minnesota.

We started our whiskey company because there was a whiskey in our imaginations that we couldn’t find on the shelves. A true Minnesota whiskey filled with the rich flavors and bold spirit of the North. A whiskey that is sweet and accessible like a bourbon, but with worlds to explore, like a scotch. A comfortable sipper to be savored on its own or as the centerpiece in a signature cocktail.

Find Us

You can find Brother Justus Single Malt Whiskey at our underground distillery, store and tasting room in Northeast Minneapolis, and at select off sale and on sale retailers in the MSP Metro and Greater Minnesota. See map and list below.

You can buy our whiskey directly at our distillery during Store Hours, or purchase our whiskey online for later pickup. You can also purchase merchandise for shipping from our online store.

Please use the Contact Us form if you have any questions about how to find and buy our whiskey, including how to “demand Justus” at your favorite local bar or liquor store

      Tours and Events


      Brother Justus Normal Hours

      Friday and Saturday 12-4pm

      Enjoy samples of Brother Justus whiskeys, bottle and merchandise sales, and learn how we could possibly make whiskey this good.

      451 Taft St NE, Mpls, Door 3

      Follow the Monk to the Underground Distillery.

      Our Team

      • Phil Steger
        Founder and CEO
        The man with the plan. The mastermind behind the dream of Minnesota Single Malt Whiskey
      • James Jefferson
        Part mad scientist, part honey badger. James is the genius behind every drop of whiskey we make.
      • Craig Blum
        A modern day alchemist, Craig transforms humble grain into the start of great whiskey: great beer.
      • Bill
        Bill the Still. He is the lynchpin of the whole operation. Named after William Trettle aka Brother Justus.