Retail Partners

Our products are showing up in new places every day – here’s an interactive map of our retail partners across the Midwest (and a few beyond). Not every store carries every one of our spirits, so we suggest you call ahead if you’re looking for something specific! If you’re in our area, you can visit the distillery as well – our hours and location are below (scroll on down).

Online Stores

Unfortunately, FedEx and UPS have changed their policies, and state laws continue to change – so we’ve just updated the list of retailers who can ship our spirits to you. Here are links to the retailers that sell our product online and can ship to some U.S. states (contact them for details):

In addition, some of the other retailers carrying our products can take orders by phone and can ship them for you.

Visit our Distillery & Tasting Room


Cocktail Bar, Distillery Store & Tasting Room
Stop by for a refreshing cocktail, taste some of our spirits, or pick up a bottle in our shop:

  • Thursdays – 4 pm to 9 pm
  • Fridays – 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday – 1 pm to 10 pm
  • Sunday – 1 pm to 7 pm

We do accept reservations, so give us a call if you want to reserve a table – 847.574.2499.

Distillery Store & Tasting Room Only (but not cocktails)
In addition, you can stop by to pick up a bottle, try one of our products, discuss a private event, or just check us out:

  • Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays –  1 to 4 pm

We are CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Distillery Tours

Join us for a fun, interactive exploration of the distillation process. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the amazing Ethel the Still, and the rest of the cast of characters that help us make our spirits, and get an insider’s view to the life of a distiller, along with a tasting of our spirits. We offer tours on:

  • Thursdays at 6:30 pm, and
  • Saturdays at 2 pm and 5 pm

General tours cost $10 per person, last about 60-75 minutes including the tasting, and spots can be reserved online here. Space is limited, so if you want to come for a particular day, we recommend reserving your spots in advance.

Geek Out Tour – The first Saturday of the month at 2pm (starting with July 2, 2016), we offer a “Geek Out” version of our tour, which is a more in-depth tour led entirely by our master distiller, Derek. Those last 90 minutes or so, cost $25 per person, and can also be reserved online.


Here are a few pictures of what you’ll find here, and a highlight or two from our distillery tours.

Private Events at North Shore Distillery

In our expanded location, we are able to host a much broader range of events, for 6 to 75 people. We have several space options, including a private meeting room for business or social occasions that seats up to 15, as well as several other private and semi-private spaces. We’d love to host your next:

  • Team Building Event – with a hands-on cocktail making seminar, where you assign the teams who work together to create cocktails and learn about cocktail making in a fun, casual setting
  • Corporate Event – with signature cocktails, distillery tour options, and a unique space for hosting staff or customers
  • Birthday Party – with a signature drink for the celebration, and a customized menu, or private distillery tour;
  • Bridal Shower or Bachelor Party – with a private distillery tour & tasting, or hands-on cocktail making class, or simply a cocktail party with a special menu for the bride or groom to be; or
  • Other Events – whatever other type of event you’d like to plan!

Just get in touch with Sonja Kassebaum at the distillery via our contact form or email us to make a plan. We can book events on most nights of the week, with some advance notice.

Events Around Town & Beyond

We love to plan a range of fun events around the Chicago area and in other places where our spirits are available. Here’s what is going on in the coming weeks:

August 4, 2016
  • North Shore Night at Tavern
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
    Tavern, 519 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048, USA

    Join us for our monthly cocktail party with our friends at Tavern Lounge! We'll have some great seasonal drinks on offer, as well as spirit tastings & good times.

August 6, 2016
  • Summer Cocktails at Capital Chophouse
     5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
    Capitol Chophouse, 9 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703, USA

    We're working on a summer cocktail takeover at Capitol Chophouse in Madison - stay tuned for details!

August 8, 2016
  • Madison Magazine Top Shelf Summer Taste
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
    Nau-Ti-Gal, 5360 Westport Rd, Madison, WI 53704, USA

    Join us for summer cocktail and delectable treats at the fifth annual Summer Taste. Tickets & more info here

August 20, 2016
  • Swedish Crayfish Party
     7:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
    nordic cultural center, 327 S 3rd St, Rockford, il

    We're pouring our "snaps" at this very traditional Swedish late summer party where slurping is expected, singing is mandatory, paper hat and bib attire is required. This all inclusive feast will feature traditional delicacies including an abundance of crayfish, salmon, meatballs, cheeses and and North Shore Aquavit. Berg will provide the music, so don't forget your dancing shoes.......
    More info and tickets

September 1, 2016
  • First Thursday Martini Tasting
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
    Asparagus, 7876 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410, USA

    The highly popular First Thursday Martini Tasting at Asparagus is featuring North Shore spirits as their September guest. Save the date, more info is coming soon!


Special Events at the Distillery

In addition to our regular hours and distillery tours listed above, we typically have some other stuff on the calendar. If you want to make a reservation for something, call us at 847.574.2499 or email us! Here’s what’s coming up in the near future:

July 30, 2016
  • Boozy Snow Cones!
     3:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    Join us and our friends from Jo Snow Syrups in Chicago for an afternoon of frozen treats using their amazing syrups and our delicious spirits! Several options will be available, along with cocktails featuring their syrups. Stop by anytime from 3 to 7!

July 31, 2016
  • Chocolates & Cocktails
     4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

    Join us for the return of one of our most popular past events! We'll be pairing delicious cocktails with delicious treats from our friends at Katherine Anne Confections in Chicago, led by Katherine Duncan (founder of Katherine Anne Confections) and our own Sonja Kassebaum. We'll debut a new custom truffle made just for us, and share stories and laughs from the worlds of chocolate and cocktails. $40 per person includes treats & cocktails, as well as some other snacks and great times - get your tickets here.

August 7, 2016
  • Game Day @ NSD
     12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    The first Sunday of each month is Game Day here at North Shore Distillery! Gamers of all sorts are welcome to come and enjoy their favorite board/card/etc. games along with great cocktails & conversation.

August 11, 2016
  • Hands on Cocktail Making Class
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

    Join us for the next installment of our very fun, very popular cocktail making class. We'll start at the very beginning, and walk you through the basics of cocktail composition, tool purpose and usage, and more. We'll make and taste three cocktails together in small teams, and then you'll move to a freestyle round to apply what you've learned! $40 per person, includes cocktail samples, class and some snacks. Book your tickets online here.

August 20, 2016
  • North Shore Rum Festival
     1:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

    Join us as we pretend we're in a tropical place, with a fun, festive menu of rum cocktails, and a preview of our soon-to-be-released rums! Stop by anytime 1 to 10 pm.

August 31, 2016
  • Late Summer Flavors - Cocktail Class
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

    Join us for an exploration of great drinks to make with late-summer produce. We'll make and taste a range of great drinks, and share recipes, drink making tips, and laughter. Class is $35 per student, which includes all cocktail samples, class, and snacks. Buy your tickets (a href=" target="_blank">here.

September 4, 2016
  • Game Day @ NSD
     12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

    The first Sunday of each month is Game Day here at North Shore Distillery! Gamers of all sorts are welcome to come and enjoy their favorite board/card/etc. games along with great cocktails & conversation.



We send out two distinct monthly email newsletters to our avid fan base:

  • General Distillery Updates & Events
    • All the latest news from the distillery, such as new product announcements, great events around town and around the Midwest, fun trivia, cocktail ideas and more
    • Typically sent out the third week of each month
  • Tasting Room Events & Happenings
    • The scoop on fun events happening here at the distillery, as well as things in the immediate area, plus new cocktails and more
    • Typically sent out the first week of each month

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