Sweet, brown gold: 100-year-old family recipe uses local crops to produce liqueur
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Sweet, brown gold: 100-year-old family recipe uses local crops to produce liqueur

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Creating a business from a passion is not always an easy task. Using locally-sourced products and a century-old family recipe, Art Weidner has created a business that has grown rapidly in the past few years, and it doesn’t look like it’ll slow down any time soon. In the "olden days," North Dakota was a dry state — something immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia who made their homes in the western part of the state weren’t too keen on. Like so many other times on the frontier, they had to get creative to have themselves a drink. "These guys just wanted to have a drink at the end of the day," says Art Weidner, owner and founder of North Dakota Sweet Crude. "They figured they weren’t able to drive anywhere easily with their wagons and horses so they had to make (alcohol) themselves. They set up stills — Grandpa put it in his smokehouse, which is a little weird to be smoking meat in the middle of July, but you don’t ask too many questions." Art Weidner is the owner and founder of North Dakota Sweet Crude. Weidner’s great grandfather, Martin, created the caramel-colored, sweet […]

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