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Minneapolis Craft Distillery Du Nord Damaged Amid George Floyd Protests

June 1, 2020

Minneapolis-based Du Nord Craft Spirits absorbed severe damage over the weekend amid unrest sparked in the city by the killing of George Floyd. The outcry, which has now expanded nationally and internationally, has also resulted in damage to restaurants and retailers already reeling from the Covid-19 crisis.

According to the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), of which Du Nord owner Chris Montana previously served as president, “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.” The ACSA has organized a GoFundMe campaign to support Du Nord as it looks to rebuild.

As protests continued to rage over the weekend, major retailers like Target and Walmart announced that they were each closing hundreds of stores in order to ensure the safety of their employees in affected areas. At least 25 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews in a bid to ease the unrest.—Daniel Marsteller

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