Backyard Distillery


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.

The gin still.

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

Giant Tupperware filled with fermenting mash.
Bottling station.
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.)


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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