We are happy to announce the return of our historic tour & tasting.
Built in 1857, our historic 20,000-sf structure is Illinois oldest standing brewery and distillery. These walls have endured everything from a tornado in 1901 to government raids throughout prohibition.
The tour begins in the old cellar where guests learn about the early immigrant brew master, John Bielfeldt who started brewing on the property in 1850.
Our collection of artifacts, curiosities, and breweriana is displayed with original photos from the property dating back to the mid 1800’s.
Guests will then venture deep underground, far beneath the cellar into our subterranean artesian well. The cavernous limestone space is the source of many local legends, and the fountain head still flows with the same pristine water that made the early brewers famous. (please note - guests are welcome to take a group photo while underground).
The group will then journey to the distillery production floor for an overview of our distilling process.
The tour concludes with a guided tasting of 5 of our spirits.
After the tour stay for dinner and drinks at our award-winning cocktail bar and restaurant, The Well.
Thornton Distilling Co., maker of Dead Drop Spirits, distills whisky, gin, rum, and absinthe.
*Must be 21+ to participate in tasting, or to purchase alcoholic beverages.
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