SKANE TOWNSHIP, MN (AP) -

A Minnesota couple inspired by a glass of whiskey decided to leave their jobs in the Twin Cities and start a craft distillery in the Red River Valley.

A few weeks ago, Far North distillery began turning rye into gin.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports Mike Swanson and his wife Cheri Reese hope to have it on liquor store shelves next month.

They have joined a national trend, as the craft distillery industry has exploded in recent years. Experts see growth for at least a couple more years, but how many distilleries survive in the industry remains to be seen.

Reese said in the case of Far North, quality will determine success, and she says so far, the couple has set the bar high.