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Updated February 3, 2021

We are so happy that our region’s numbers have improved, and our tasting room is reopening on February 5, 2021 with limited hours! In light of the current pandemic situation, our primary focus continues to be keeping us all safe, so we are focused on following the guidance put out by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the CDC.

We have rearranged our furniture to ensure all tables are at least 6-8 feet apart, and we’ve created some more distinct seating areas. Throughout our operation, we’ve also added in some additional cleaning and sanitization steps to our daily routine.

Planning Your Visit

Under the Phase 4 restrictions in place for our region currently, the rules are:

  • Maximum group size – 10 people
  • Maximum length of stay – 2 hours
  • Maximum number of guests at one time in our tasting room – 50 guests total
  • Reservations are strongly recommended. We can take a walk-in if we have the room, but we will ask you for your contact information so we have it on file.

When you arrive, we’ll ask you to make sure you’re feeling well.  If you, or anyone in your group, is not feeling 100%, and especially if you have any COVID-19 like symptoms, please stay home. We have many other ways for you to enjoy great drinks, such as with our bottles and cocktail kits to go.

If you are feeling great and would like to visit us for some cocktails, here are your options:

  • Give us a Call at 847.574.2499– if you haven’t made a reservation online, give us a call and we’ll let you know if we have any space available.

Before your Visit

Here are a few things to bear in mind and think about before you come.

  • Should you Stay Home? Please stay home if you are not feeling well, or if you have any symptoms of CoVID-19. We will ask you how you are feeling when you arrive, as well. There will be no penalty for canceling your reservation if you are not feeling well, or if you are having any symptoms.
  • Wear Your Mask – You must wear a face covering over your nose and mouth while you are walking to your table, and throughout your visit here, if you are not actively eating and drinking. You will need to put your mask on when interacting with our staff for any reason (including when you are seated), when using the facilities, or visiting our distillery store. No exceptions. If you are unable to wear a mask because of a disability or medical restriction, please call us to discuss alternatives, such as curbside pickup.

Facilities & Spacing

We will have all tables at least 6-8 feet apart (most are 10 feet apart or more), and we have bathrooms with sinks and soap/water. We will also have hand sanitizer available for your use while you are here.

We will sanitize door handles/knobs, and other surfaces that are frequently touched – every hour, at a minimum. You will see a number of posters and reminders around our space, to help remind our team and our guests about social distancing, practices to minimize risk of exposure, and other relevant information. These are all required (or recommended) by the IDPH and CDC.

We will endeavor to re-sanitize all surfaces in our bathrooms every hour at a minimum. We clean them thoroughly every night, and will ensure they always have enough soap and paper towels.

Drink and Food Preparation

We will serve our cocktails in our normal glassware, because we believe that is part of the experience of enjoying our cocktails. After each use, we run our glassware through a robust cleaning and sanitizing process. Food will be served on our normal dishes, as well – they are also cleaned and sanitized after each use.

Our staff will wear masks over their noses and mouths while preparing and serving all drinks, and will additionally wear gloves for all food preparation.

As per IDPH guidance, we will not refill water glasses, but will bring you a fresh glass of water if you ask for a refill. In addition, we will serve food and drinks with trays to the greatest extent possible, rather than carrying them by hand.

Menus and Payments

We are using laminated menus, which we sanitize after every guest. We also have our menu posted on our website, and accessible with a QR code, as well. We are offering contactless payment options to the greatest extent possible, to minimize the transfer of cards, pens and paper between our guests and our staff. We have a mobile payment process for our guests, as well.

We will continue to accept cash payments as well, for those who prefer that method of payment.

Questions, Concerns, Comments

We are all about hospitality and wanting our guests to feel welcome and safe while having a great experience with us. If you have any questions or concerns about what we are doing, or want to discuss anything specific as you contemplate a visit, please get in touch with us by electronic note or phone (847.574.2499).

If you want to have a great cocktail, but do not want to venture out, we totally understand – we have bottles of our spirits and cocktail kits available for curbside pickup. Want something you don’t see as a kit? Give us a call or send a note, and we’ll see if we can put something special together for you.

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