Support a Beacon of the Craft Spirits Community

In the early morning hours of Friday, May 29, Du Nord Craft Spirits was severely damaged amidst the citywide protests. This Minneapolis distillery is owned by the American Craft Spirits Association’s immediate Past President and unsung craft spirits advocate, Chris Montana.  Several fires were set inside the distillery’s warehouse—located on the same block as the Third Precinct police station, the epicenter of the unrest—which triggered Du Nord’s fire suppression system and dumped more than 26,000 gallons inside the facility over the course of four to four and a half hours. While the system prevented the fire from destroying the building, the damage was vast.  Just days before, Chris was distributing hand sanitizer, produced at DuNord, to first responders. Please help restore peace and rebuild DuNord.  Let Chris and his distillery team know he is not alone.  Let him feel our collective embrace.  Because insurance adjusters are unlikely to enter the city anytime soon, these funds will go a long way to cover immediate expenses for Chris and his team. This fundraiser is hosted by the American Craft Spirits Association leadership and staff.  All proceeds raised will go to DuNord. 

UPDATE: This fundraising goal was raised since initially posting, commensurate with further news of the destruction, looting, and current need for private security at DuNord.  A warm THANK YOU to each and every donor.
  • Shaun Leach 
    • $100 
    • 14 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • George Kirkpatrick 
    • $100 
    • 15 mos
  • Edward Davis 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • Kristina Boyd 
    • $30 
    • 15 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Margie Lehrman 
Louisville, KY
Shanelle Evens Montana 
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