Small Batch Mavens, like Few Spirits, Koval, North Shore and Journeyman Show off their Spirits at Jerry’s First “Meet Your Chicago Distillers” Expo.
This is not a referendum against the charming little city of Lynchburg, Tenn., nor some 99-percenter rant against big liquor. But the truth about booze in the second decade of the 21st century is this: there are great makers of small batch spirits across the country, and several of them are in our backyard.
On Wed. Feb. 8, four of them will be at Jerry’s in Wicker Park. The Division Street sandwich joint will be hosting “Meet Your Chicago Distillers,” an expo featuring Few Spirits, Journeyman Distillery from Three Oaks, Mich. (okay, so it’s obviously not Chicago, but Three Oaks is only an hour away), Koval and North Shore Distillery. The event will allow you to do more than just sample some local liquor. As Jerry’s manager Trey Elder pointed out, “It’s not going to be girls dressed like hoochies pouring shots for everyone.” (Duly noted — this Damen and Division area, not the Rush and Division area.) What attendees will be able to do is talk to representatives from each distillery and get educated about the booze being made in and around our city. (Editors note: this could lead to a very nerdy discussion about elderberry.)
“All the [distillery] representatives are personable and knowledgeable,” said Elder. “They are all fun to be around individually, so collectively, I think it’ll be a very spirited night.” No pun intended.
Elder also noted that each distiller will have their full line of spirits to the event, but if options overwhelm you, here are the local liquors we don’t think you should miss:
- Koval’s Lion’s Pride Whiskey.
- Few Spirits White Whiskey (well, it’s a coin flip between the White Whiskey and their American Gin).
- North Shore Vodka.
- Journeyman’s Bilberry Black Hearts Gin.
The “Meet Your Distillers” expo at Jerry’s costs $10 to get in, and the price of admittance gets you a specialty cocktail mixed by North Shore’s Leanne Strickler. The event goes from 7-10 PM, although you should probably stick around, as local DJ (and blogger and photographer) Tankboy will be spinning from 10 PM to midnight. We are hoping this results in a classic Soul Train line, and each distiller in the house will pay tribute to Don Cornelius by cutting a rug.
“Meet Your Chicago Distillers” takes place at Jerry’s in Wicker Park * 1938 W. Division St. Entry for the event costs $10. Currently there are no advanced tickets — just show up during the night of the event and should get in. Call Jerry’s at 773 235-1006, or visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.