Happy Spring!

The arrival of spring is bringing delightful breezes and warm sun this week – we couldn't be happier, and we hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather too! Here at the distillery the change in seasons means spring florals & fruits on our cocktail menu and exciting upcoming events, both virtual and in-person. Read on!

Tasting Room Updates

We're expanding our hours this week - we're open on Thursdays too! Stop by for cocktails anytime Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 9 pm, Our distillery store is open 1 to 6 on Tues & Weds. We're also bringing back the ever-popular Flight Night! More info on that below in the Events section, along with the details on our virtual Spring Cocktail Class and Whiskey Geek Out Session. We're continuing to host virtual events, as well as beginning to schedule private in-person events on our calendar - if you have an event in mind, get in contact with us here!

New State Senator Visit

We were thrilled to host our new Illinois State Senator Adriane Johnson for a recent visit to the distillery! Senator Johnson stopped by as part of her small business tour series, and we had the opportunity to chat about our experience as a small business during these pandemic times. Read more about the visit here.

Update: We're a 2021 CSA Farm Share Pickup Spot!

This year we're partnering with the folks at Kings Hill Farm in Mineral Point, WI to be a pickup spot for their Farm Share program. Kings Hill Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm, growing a wide range of produce - and they let you customize your share based on what your family likes! They have two sizes available - check out their website for details!
Vacation Curaçao Hits Other Stores
The response to our newest seasonal spirit has been great! Vacation Curaçao is now making its way around the greater Chicago area. Find it at select Binny's Beverage Depot stores, and also at Libertyville favorites Gold Eagle Liquors and Wine & Spirit Warehouse. Keep an eye out for it at your local liquor store - if you don't see it on the shelf, ask them to get it in for you!

Upcoming Events & Activities

Join us for some tasting, mixing & conversation

  • Flight Night - Thursdays starting April 8th - Flight Night is back! Each Thursday you'll be able to sample a special flight of three mini-cocktails based on a theme. This week's theme: New Spring Cocktails.
  • Distillery Tours - Select Saturdays @ 4 pm - Starting this week, join us for a fun, interactive exploration of our production distillery! Check our calendar for available dates & book your spots here.
  • Virtual Spring Cocktail Class - Sat April 10 @ 7 pm Join Sonja for a celebration of spring! We’ll make and discuss a variety of cocktails using different spirits and ingredients. Reserve your spot here and schedule your optional cocktail kit for pickup here.
  • Ragdale's Virtual Spring Showcase 2021 - Saturday April 24 @ 6 pm - for the past few years we've been delighted to host events for Ragdale at the distillery, and this year we're partnering with them to provide cocktail kits for their online spring showcase! Sip on a delicious cocktail while you enjoy an amazing evening of literature, music & film as they announce big plans for 2021 - tickets here.  
  • Virtual Whiskey Geek Out Session - Saturday April 24 @ 7 pm - Join our resident whiskey nerds for a virtual celebration of Whiskey! We’ll taste and discuss a variety of whiskey styles and types together, and talk about a few of the best-loved cocktails that feature whiskey. Reserve your spot here, and if you’re in our area, we will soon have an optional whiskey tasting kit and cocktail kit you can pick up for the class if desired (for an additional cost).

Cocktail Kits, Store & Curbside Pickup

We've got ideas for your home cocktailing, and we'll be adding new options each week. All online orders must be picked up at the distillery - we offer contact-free, curbside pickup, or you're welcome to visit in person.

Here are a few of the currently available Cocktail Kits
  • Searching For Spring - our Drink of the Week, celebrating this season & its fickle weather with Twisted Citrus Vodka, fruit blossom tea, fresh lemon & club soda
  • What's My Name - the cocktail kit version of a favorite drink on our new menu - bright and delicious with North Shore Vodka, housemade grapefruit cordial, mint & fresh lime
  • Strawberry Collins - a spring take on the classic cocktail, with Scofflaw Old Tom Gin, fresh strawberry, lemon & club soda

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