Happy February!

We hope this newsletter finds you staying warm despite the snowy, cold week we're having! We are delighted to announce that we are reopening our cocktail bar and tasting room on a limited basis this week, and we have some great virtual classes and new cocktail kits to share as well. Read on!

Tasting Room & Cocktail Bar Opens Tomorrow!

We're delighted that our region's numbers have declined to the point that we are able to reopen on a limited basis! Starting this weekend, we'll be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 9 pm for cocktails, tastings and snacks. Here's all the information you need, if you're feeling well and are ready to come and join us for a cocktail:
  • Reservations Encouraged - you can book here or give us a call at 847.547.2499. We will allow walk-ins if we have the room, but we will ask you for your contact information.
  • Masks, Sanitizing, Handwashing, Etc - our goal is to keep everyone safe, so we've updated our operating guidelines based on the latest guidance. As before, masks are required to enter, and must be worn by everyone at all times when not eating or drinking. Our maximum group size is currently 10 guests.
  • Online Menu - find our new menu online so you can browse it on your phone before or during your visit.

Other Spirits News

  • Vacation Curaçao - our newest seasonal orange liqueur is a hit! It will start making its way to other stores starting next week, and it is available at the distillery now
  • Tahitian Vanilla Vodka - back in stock on February 10th at the distillery
  • Doublewood Rum - back in stock on February 10th at the distillery
  • For Peat's Sake - our latest whiskey has rich, layered notes of oak, smoke and earth, and a round finish - perfect for sipping on a wintry day, available now at the distillery

Updated Hours & Operations

We've updated our hours this month, our hours are now:

Tues, Weds, Thurs: 1 - 6 pm (distillery store only)
Fri & Sat: 3 - 9 pm (cocktail bar, tasting room & distillery store)
Sun, Mon: Closed

Upcoming Events & Activities

Join us from home for some tasting, mixing & conversation

  • Mixing for Mardi Gras - Thursday February 11 @ 7 pm - join us on Zoom for an evening of great cocktails for Fat Tuesday - we'll share stories about the traditions and history of the drinks and holiday. Grab a ticket, and get the optional cocktail kit too if desired.
  • Valentine's Day Drinks - Saturday February 13 @ 7 pm - join us on Zoom for a discussion of (supposed) aphrodisiacs and fun ways to incorporate them into your cocktails, as well as other delicious ideas for Valentine's Day. Order in dinner and make a date of it! Optional cocktail kit coming soon.
  • Gin Geek Out Session - Saturday February 20 @ 7 pm - join us on Zoom to taste and discuss a variety of styles of gin, talk about the history of this delicious spirit, and some of the best-loved classic cocktails for gin. An optional tasting & cocktail kit will be available. 
Have an idea for another class you'd like to see us offer? Let us know!

Cocktail Kits, Store & Curbside Pickup

We've got lots of great ideas for your home cocktailing, and more new options this month - we'll continue adding cocktail kits throughout the month. 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 this month's new Cocktail Kits
  • Liquid Sunshine - one of our new cocktails, featuring Twisted Citrus, tangerine, ginger, fresh lemon & lime
  • Norwegian Bear Hug - a warming, baking spice-forward cocktail perfect for winter nights, with Aquavit, honey, cinnamon & lemon. 
  • Mardi Gras Cocktail Kit- whether or not you join us for our virtual class, you can enjoy an assortment of delicious rum drinks for Fat Tuesday!
We're putting the finishing touches on a Valentine's Day cocktail kit, and some other fun options for later this month, so keep an eye on our social media and website!

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