Backyard Distillery

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I’ve got a distillery in my backyard!

Well, within a mile of my house so that counts, right?

Yesterday, a group of us took a tour of Few Spirits, located in south Evanston. Yes, that Evanston, the hometown of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Evanston, a town that was famously dry for years and years and now, we’ve got a distillery, and there’s talk of a brewery or two kicking off in the near future. What would Frances Willard think?

Having visited a handful of distilleries in Kentucky, I couldn’t pass up the chance to see a hometown operation. It was especially interesting to see how a small batch distiller works in comparison to the big guys.

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The gin still.

You know you’re in a distillery the moment you walk inside the building. It has that wonderful sweet smell.

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Giant Tupperware filled with fermenting mash.
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Bottling station.
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Tasting time!

Of the five spirits we sampled, my favorite was the barrel-aged gin and the rye. I love their labels, which feature scenes from the 1893 Columbian Exposition (aka The World’s Fair.)

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Now that you’ve got the address, you can visit too. It’s a fun and unusual thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. And it’s tasty too!

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