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Watch out, Grey Goose. There's a co-op of 900 Minnesota farmers aiming to win drinkers over to their top-shelf vodka. Made in conjunction with the originators of Pete's Wicked Ale, which helped launch the U.S.'s craft-beer phenomenon in the 1990s, Shakers vodka is quickly gaining notice.

"We are trying to create a leadership American vodka brand in Shakers," says Tim Clarke, CEO of Infinite Spirits, who, together with co-founders Mark Bozzini and master distiller Pat Couteaux, spent two years researching and experimenting with ingredients before introducing the $30-a-bottle vodka in 2003. Distilled in a six-column continuous still in the retrofitted Chippewa...

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