Everywhere you turn, distilleries are popping up. In urban locations, the suburbs, and around the world. However, there are roughly 175 days left to explore them in 2015. You have a dilemma, we have a solution. Meet the 10 Distilleries You Can't Miss In 2015.
At what was at the very heart of the Temperance Movement beginning in the 1830s in Evanston, Illinois now sets FEW Spirits Distillery. Ironic, isn't it? FEW is anything but lacking in the arena of confidence in their product. With a broad range of products, an awesome location, and a sleek modern bottle and branding design, FEW is anything but ordinary. In fact, the team at FEW wants to see you accomplish extraordinary feats followed by the encouragement to reward yourself by buying their product; naturally. This talented Northern Illinois distillery's process is nothing to scoff at. They are committed to real hand crafted small batch spirits and transcending what imbiber's taste buds are used to. In a world crowded with spirits produced on a mass level, watch out for FEW spirits. FEW Spirits current offerings include Bourbon Whisky, Barrel Gin, Rye Whisky, and American Gin.
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A still named Wilma, the water of the Yarra Valley, botanicals from around the world, and a little bit of love make up Four Pillars Distillery in Victoria, Australia. Four Pillars began with the idea of creating a great modern Australian Gin that transformed into a few clear purposes: elevating their craft and celebrating the art of craft cocktails. After opening their doors in 2013, they have produced a Barrel Aged Gin, Navy Strength Gin, and a Rare Dry Gin. Other unique products include an Orange Marmalade and Breakfast Negroni (an orange marmalade with a dash of Campari).
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It’s no secret, Copper & Kings are Louisville’s sweethearts and rightly so. This American Brandy company is located in the heart of the Butchertown neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Their dynamic team is committed to real, pot stilled, and natural American Brandy. Their process includes distilling in copper potstills only before being matured in bourbon barrels. Their current offerings include a variety of distinctive takes on Brandy you’ll just have to see for yourselves.
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Cardinal Spirits is a unique distillery that you need to see in 2015. Why? Their entire team is a community of individuals that are incredibly hospitable and are dedicated to their craft and their patrons. They exist to increase connections between people, make things with their hands from scratch, and value people over profits. Have we convinced you to visit yet? Its located in the heart of Bloomington, Indiana and is so much more than just another college town. When you go for a visit make sure to tell Jeff and Adam we said Hi. Their current offerings include an imaginative variety of Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, Rum, and Liqueurs.
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Enjoy a bevy of hand-crafted spirits from Vancouver’s first pure craft distillery. This talented team gives a respectful nod to old distilling traditions. With the use of handmade copper stills and a mission of innovating unique spirits utilizing traditional methods, Liberty is worth the while. Liberty Distillery opened its doors in 2013 on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC and hasn’t looked back since. Liberty’s spirits are all crafted from British Columbia’s coastal mountain water, raw materials, and the finest grown grains. Their current offerings include several varieties of Gin, Vodka, and a couple different takes on White Whisky. Stay tuned for the release of Liberty’s sing pot triple distilled aged whiskey.
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Sound Spirits not only found a way to include an octopus tentacle in their branding, they introduced a new ebb+flow that brought the great city of Seattle their first craft distillery since prohibition. Their authentic methods paired with the best ingredients have brought some clever spirits to the stage. Most notably, Sound Spirits has stirred up some attention surrounding their more European-style approach to making Vodka. If you find yourself in Seattle in 2015, make it a point to take a tour and learn about Sound Spirits and their craft. Sound Spirits current offerings include an award winning Vodka, a few types of Gin, a traditional Scandanavian spirit, and a variety of interesting Liqueurs.
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We think it might be in your best interest to take a well-deserved break and catch a flight to the Isle of Arran of the coast of Scotland. It might just be what the doctor ordered. This year, you can help the Isle of Arran Distillers celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first ran spirit and the opening of their doors this August. Arran is also a bit of a rarity. Surprisingly, they are actually one of the few remaining independent distillers in Scotland. A few reasons you can't miss this distiller? For starters, you can expect to see golden eagles flying over the distillery, the purest water in all of Scotland, and the highest quality whiskey combined with mountain air and a sea breeze. Their current offerings include a variety of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Limited Edition Scotch Whisky, Cream Liqueurs, and select casks of Arran Single Malt.
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Columbus, Ohio is one of the most underrated cities in this great country. Now you can add Middle West Spirits Distillery to that list of reasons as to why you should visit. Spurred by 4 generations of Distilling in the Middle West family, co-founders Brady Konya and Ryan Lang opened the door to this nifty distillery in 2010. Konya and Lang are not only co-founders, they are advocates for their state's agriculture, small business development, and culinary inspiration. At Middle West Distillery you will find hand-crafted grain to bottle spirits. Their current offerings include Whisky, White Rye Whisky, Wheat Whisky, Bourbon Whisky, and a variety of creative Vodkas.
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Journeyman is a certified organic grain to glass distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan. Journeyman opened it's doors in 2011 in the factory building that once belonged to a successful businessmen and a strict prohibitionist. This fascinating distillery is built on developing a higher quality product that supports organic growers. Making small batch whisky by hand is a big part of what this gifted crew is about. The Journeyman name is rooted in the gratefulness of the ability to travel and learn. Their owner, Bill Welter is no stranger to whisky. Much of his whisky knowledge is thanks to the incredible opportunity to learn about the craft in Scotland. Their current offerings include an onslaught of intriguing whisky, a few different types of Rum, Vodka, Brandy, an interesting Jalapeno spirit, and Liqueurs.
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Deerhammer Distilling Company doesn't have deep family distilling roots, water from exotic glaciers, or any top secret recipes. However, they do have something you can't buy or manufacture, a genuine passion for creating amazing spirits that bring people to Buena Vista, Colorado and send them off having experienced an awesome product. The Deerhammer team opened its doors back in 2010 in a beautiful river valley and are hard at work doing everything by hand in their grain to glass process. Their current offerings include a Single Malt Whisky, White Whisky, Gin, Brandy, and more to come.
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