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Cocktails, Tastings & Shopping

We have a one-of-a-kind tasting room, and we typically welcome visitors for cocktails, snacks, spirited tastings and good times. We offer outside seating when the weather permits, and starting July 1, we’ll offer inside seating as well on a limited basis. In addition, our Distillery Store is OPEN with limited hours. We encourage online (or phone) orders and curbside pickup from the store – visit our ONLINE STORE HERE.

We take the pandemic seriously, and are following all relevant IDPH guidance. That means masks are required if you would like to come inside for any reason.

Starting June 30, 2020, our hours are:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 3 to 9 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 3 to 10 pm
  • Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays

Distillery Tours

Please note: Distillery Tours are suspended until August 2020, except by appointment for groups of 5 to 10 people

Join us for a fun, interactive exploration of our production distillery! Along the way, we’ll pour you a taste of some of our spirits. We offer regularly scheduled tours on most Saturdays at 4 pm. We offer a “Geek Out” version at 3 pm on the last Saturday of the month. We also offer tours by appointment for groups of 6 or more.

General tours cost $10 per person, last about 45-75 minutes including the tasting, and spots can be reserved in advance by phone (847.574.2499), email (to visit (at) northshoredistillery.com) or by reserving your spot online. Space is limited, and sometimes they’re full or cancelled due to an event, so we strongly recommend planning ahead and reserving/booking.

Geek Out Tour – This is a much more in-depth tour led entirely by our Master Distiller! It’s that chance to spend time with our resident expert, ask all your burning questions, and try a broader range of spirits, including some experimental ones. This version cost $35 per person and lasts a fair bit longer (depending on questions). Those spots must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance (there’s a lot of setup and prep for this version).

Other Spirited Tours – We also offer cocktail tours (with cocktail samples instead of spirit samples) and spirit-focused tours (e.g., a vodka tour, where we focus more on vodka tasting, history & production, or gin, rum or whiskey) – keep an eye on our event calendar for our special tours, or contact us to arrange a private one!

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Distillery Events & Activities

We love to have a great time, and enjoy sharing cocktails, spirits and experiences with others! So, in addition to our regular hours and distillery tours, we typically offer a wide range of events in our tasting room, as well as events around town and around the Midwest. As of July 2020, we are starting to make plans to resume some of our fun activities and events, where we think we can do so, while being responsible.

Please Note: we are doing our best to follow all the relevant guidance from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  That means if you come inside the distillery for any reason, a mask covering your nose and mouth is required.

Here’s our current calendar:

June

July 2020

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Flight Night!
All Day

Join us Thursdays, when we offer one or two creative flights of cocktails around a specific theme. You can try three distinct cocktails for $10 plus tax/tip, all in miniature size!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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CLOSED for Holiday
All Day

We’ll be closed on July 4 for the holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day!

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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9
Flight Night!
All Day

Join us Thursdays, when we offer one or two creative flights of cocktails around a specific theme. You can try three distinct cocktails for $10 plus tax/tip, all in miniature size!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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16
Flight Night!
All Day

Join us Thursdays, when we offer one or two creative flights of cocktails around a specific theme. You can try three distinct cocktails for $10 plus tax/tip, all in miniature size!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Boozy Book Club @ NSD
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next meeting our our boozy book club! We read books with cocktails/drinks in them, then we discuss the book while enjoying some cocktails and spirits that are consumed within the pages of the book. Cost per person is typically $10 for the cocktail samples plus tax/tip, and each person brings a snack for s , ...

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Flight Night!
All Day

Join us Thursdays, when we offer one or two creative flights of cocktails around a specific theme. You can try three distinct cocktails for $10 plus tax/tip, all in miniature size!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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30
Flight Night!
All Day

Join us Thursdays, when we offer one or two creative flights of cocktails around a specific theme. You can try three distinct cocktails for $10 plus tax/tip, all in miniature size!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Room Open 3-9
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Tasting Room Open 3-10
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our tasting room will be open for purchases from our store, and also for visitors to enjoy cocktails, spirit tastings and snacks. Weather permitting, we will have outside seating available. We recommend reservations – please indicate whether you wish to sit inside our outside. And, please bring a mask – you

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Private Events

Our tasting room is the perfect backdrop for your next event. Whether an intimate event for 8-10, or a grand celebration for 150, we have a truly unique, beautiful space for creating an unforgettable experience. We have several distinct spaces available, in addition to the possibility of using our entire tasting room:

  • Board Room – a private room that seats 10 comfortably, and can host 20 for a cocktail party with limited seating
  • Library – a semi-private area with fireplace and lounge seating, which can fit 8-16
  • Great Room – an open seating area that seats up to 40
  • The Kitchen – a semi-private area with room for 10-20
  • Entire Tasting Room – most appropriate for groups of 50 or more, and includes all of the above spaces with gracious corridors and additional open areas

Recent Event Examples:

  • Corporate Team Building Events – with a hands-on cocktail making seminar (assigned teams), a distillery tour and process discussion, and/or a spirits/cocktail history class
  • Corporate Social Events – with signature cocktails, custom menus, distillery tours, and a unique space for hosting staff or customers
  • Birthday Parties – for 10-100 guests, with signature drinks and custom menus for the celebrations, a private bartender or additional cocktail demonstration stations, spirits tasting stations and more
  • Bridal Showers /Bachelor Parties – with signature cocktails, a private hands-on cocktail making class or distillery tour, or simply a cocktail party in a private space

What About Food?

We offer bites here, such as artisan cheese & charcuterie, fresh veggies with gourmet dips, mixed nuts and olives, and we can certainly prepare snacks for our events. However, we also allow caterers and local restaurants to serve here, and you can also bring things in, if desired. Just let us know if you want some recommendations for your event!