By Maria Surma Manka | Photography by Paul Middlestaedt
Redhead Creamery is known for its award-winning cheeses, much of which is made from the milk of its onsite Holstein cows. But creamery co-owners Alise and Lucas Sjostrom wanted to offer more, and they chose a product most people wouldn’t associate with a dairy farm: Spirits.
“People are really confused when you tell them spirits can be made out of milk!” said Alise.
Redhead Creamery Spirits is the brainchild of Alise’s husband, Lucas. Together, they co-own Redhead Creamery with Alise’s parents, Linda and Jerry Jennissen. Lucas leads the spirits operation and Alise, a 2020-2021 graduate of the Foundation’s Initiators Fellowship program, oversees the cheesemaking. The Jennissens operate the farm side of the business, called Jer-Lindy Farms.