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Cocktails, Tastings & Shopping

We have a one-of-a-kind tasting room, and we typically welcome visitors Wednesday through Sunday for cocktails, snacks, spirited tastings and good times. Because of the stay-in-place order in Illinois, our cocktail bar is closed until at least April 7, 2020, but our Distillery Store is OPEN with reduced hours. You can stop in anytime we’re open for cocktails, tastings of our spirits, or to pick up a bottle of your favorite spirits, or you can call ahead for a pickup (847-574-2499). Starting March 23, 2020, our hours will be:

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays – 12 pm to 5 pm 3 pm to 9 pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays – 12 pm to 5 pm 2 pm to 10 pm
  • Sundays – 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

They are not often needed, but once we reopen our cocktail bar, we recommend reservations for groups of 6 or more, especially if you want a specific table. Just call us (847.574.2499) or email us to reserve.

Looking for a sample menu? Here are a recent cocktail menu, spirits tasting menu, and snacks menu. We update our menus seasonally and when we release new spirits, but these samples will give you an idea of the types of things we offer.

Distillery Tours

Please note: Distillery Tours are suspended until at least April 15, 2020

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

Please Note: In compliance with the Governor of Illinois’ orders, our cocktail bar is CLOSED until at least April 7, 2020. We are open for bottle sales only during this time, 12 to 5 pmWeds-Sun. We take phone orders for pickup if you prefer not to come in – 847.574.2499.

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 offer a wide range of events in our tasting room, as well as events around town and around the Midwest.

Here’s our current calendar:

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Sunday Funday: Game Day
All Day
Join us at the distillery today from 2 – 7 pm for games, good times, and no sports (we don’t have any TVs)! We’ve created a menu of fun, sessionable drinks you can sip on, and we’ll be playing Bingo and other fun games all afternoon!
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Lake County Restaurant Week Special
All Day

We’re participating again this year in this great celebration of food & drink around Lake County, running this year from February 28th – March 8th. Continuing our tiki theme during this winter period, we will be serving a tiki themed special – stop by to try a flight of mini tiki cocktails, paired , ...

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LFBS Author Event with Author Peter Heller
6:00 pm

Peter Heller at his home in Paonia Colorado. Author Photo credit to John Burcham.

Join us and Lake Forest Book Store as we host best-selling author Peter Heller to celebrate the paperback release of his newest novel, The River, which releases March 3, 2020.Reservations required, call 847-234-4420 for more info.

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Liquid Adventure Night!
All Day

Join us Wednesdays and Thursdays, when we offer all the drinks on our menu in miniature size. We also have a 3-question quiz that can decide your next cocktail, or you can let fate decide and spin our Wheel of Indecision!

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake County Restaurant Week Special
All Day

We’re participating again this year in this great celebration of food & drink around Lake County, running this year from February 28th – March 8th. Continuing our tiki theme during this winter period, we will be serving a tiki themed special – stop by to try a flight of mini tiki cocktails, paired , ...

Drinks & Discussion with the League of Women Voters
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please Note: April’s Drinks & Discussion meeting has been cancelled.

Join us for the our monthly Drinks & Discussion series with the League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff chapter. The vibe is informal, the crowd is friendly, the topics are interesting and relevant, and the cocktails are ama

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Liquid Adventure Night!
All Day

Join us Wednesdays and Thursdays, when we offer all the drinks on our menu in miniature size. We also have a 3-question quiz that can decide your next cocktail, or you can let fate decide and spin our Wheel of Indecision!

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake County Restaurant Week Special
All Day

We’re participating again this year in this great celebration of food & drink around Lake County, running this year from February 28th – March 8th. Continuing our tiki theme during this winter period, we will be serving a tiki themed special – stop by to try a flight of mini tiki cocktails, paired , ...

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Lake County Restaurant Week Special
All Day

We’re participating again this year in this great celebration of food & drink around Lake County, running this year from February 28th – March 8th. Continuing our tiki theme during this winter period, we will be serving a tiki themed special – stop by to try a flight of mini tiki cocktails, paired , ...

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Lake County Restaurant Week Special
All Day

We’re participating again this year in this great celebration of food & drink around Lake County, running this year from February 28th – March 8th. Continuing our tiki theme during this winter period, we will be serving a tiki themed special – stop by to try a flight of mini tiki cocktails, paired , ...

Yoga + Cocktails
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Come for yoga, stay to drink! Join us and Blue Sky Yoga here at the distillery on Saturday, March 7th at 1 pm for the second event in our monthly series of “spirited” yoga classes on the first Saturday of the month. NO previous yoga experience is necessary. Our tasting room will open to the public at 2 pm

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Distillery Tour
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a guided tour distillery and spirits tasting! You’ll learn all about the distilling process, get up close and personal with the inimitable Still Ethel, and have an opportunity to sample some of our wares.

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Lake County Restaurant Week Special
All Day

We’re participating again this year in this great celebration of food & drink around Lake County, running this year from February 28th – March 8th. Continuing our tiki theme during this winter period, we will be serving a tiki themed special – stop by to try a flight of mini tiki cocktails, paired , ...

Sunday Funday Class: Hands on Cocktail Making
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of hands on practicing with all the tools and techniques you need to make great drinks at home. Bring your own tools if you have them, or use ours. We’ll walk you through making a range of cocktails using a variety of techniques, ingredients, and tools – step by step!

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Closing at 5 pm for Ragdale Event
5:00 pm

We’re hosting the Ragdale Foundation’s Novel Affair Preview Party on March 11th – if you’d like to join us, tickets are available for $50 at the door! Otherwise, we will be closed from 5:00 pm onward on March 11th for this event.

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Evening with Orchids
6:00 pm

We’ll be pouring delicious cocktail samples alongside other great local spirits makers among this beautiful exhibition of over 10,000 orchids at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Highland Park. Tickets available here – see you there!

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Ragdale Novel Affair Preview Party
6:30 pm

Enjoy award-winning author Rebecca Makkai in conversation with innovative writer, professor, and dean Davis Schneiderman as they highlight Novel Affair’s featured artists and authors. This will be your first chance to buy books and tickets for the Novel Affair dinner of your choice! Tickets available here: $40 in adv

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Spring Menu Reveal @ Tavern Libertyville
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us and our friends at Tavern Lounge in Libertyville for our seasonal cocktail party! We’ll be unveiling a new cocktail menu for the season, as well as serving tastings of our spirits. Stop by for a taste and stay for a great cocktail!

 

 

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2020 Malt Whiskey Release
All Day

Mark your calendars for the annual release of our Malt Whiskey this month – Saturday, March 14th is the official day of our Irish American Whiskey Festival, with a preview on Friday, March 13th. On Friday we’ll have our malt whiskey available by the dram, and on Saturday we’ll be selling it by the , ...

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2020 Malt Whiskey Release
All Day

Mark your calendars for the annual release of our Malt Whiskey this month – Saturday, March 14th is the official day of our Irish American Whiskey Festival, with a preview on Friday, March 13th. On Friday we’ll have our malt whiskey available by the dram, and on Saturday we’ll be selling it by the , ...

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LIMITED HOURS
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Due to the stay-in-place order in Illinois, we are taking a variety of steps for the safety of our customers and our staff, including reducing our hours.

We will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. Only our retail store is open, where we sell our spirits by the bottle, as well as mixers, tools and rela

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LIMITED HOURS
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Due to the stay-in-place order in Illinois, we are taking a variety of steps for the safety of our customers and our staff, including reducing our hours.

We will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. Only our retail store is open, where we sell our spirits by the bottle, as well as mixers, tools and rela

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LIMITED HOURS
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Due to the stay-in-place order in Illinois, we are taking a variety of steps for the safety of our customers and our staff, including reducing our hours.

We will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. Only our retail store is open, where we sell our spirits by the bottle, as well as mixers, tools and rela

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LIMITED HOURS
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Due to the stay-in-place order in Illinois, we are taking a variety of steps for the safety of our customers and our staff, including reducing our hours.

We will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. Only our retail store is open, where we sell our spirits by the bottle, as well as mixers, tools and rela

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LIMITED HOURS
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Due to the stay-in-place order in Illinois, we are taking a variety of steps for the safety of our customers and our staff, including reducing our hours.

We will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm. Only our retail store is open, where we sell our spirits by the bottle, as well as mixers, tools and rela

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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!