Chicagoland’s Skeptic Distillery is creating a stir in the spirit distillery industry and in the mixology and craft cocktail culture. In fact, we’ve completely changed the way that spirits are processed. Our process results in new, exciting products of superior smoothness and taste. As far as we know, we are one of only a handful of distilleries in the world producing spirits using cold vacuum distillation technology, and quite certainly the only one doing it in the utterly unique way we do.

The Process of the Future

We began with a healthy skepticism about the traditional copper still system. While based on time-tested methods, the age-old system is relatively expensive, inefficient and space-gobbling. Skeptic Distillery explored new methods, and came up with a curious invention that melds science with craft.

The result? A unique, custom-built (by us!), continuous-column vacuum distillation system that operates at below-room temperature and produces the freshest and most flavorful spirits on the market today. Skeptic Distillery’s equipment incorporates computer-engineered copper distillation column packing to maximize the copper contact with the distilled spirit, vastly improving purification.

Cold vacuum distillation brings out flavors that are unattainable using the traditional copper still method. In vacuum distillation, the alcohols and aromas are concentrated in the liquid, while the sourness and bitterness are removed. The cold-temperature evaporation process ensures that the uniquely fresh fruity and flowery aromas of the individual botanicals are neither destroyed nor altered by heat.

A Superior Substance in Every Bottle

When you taste our spirits, you’ll experience flavors and notes that traditional processing systems have been unable to attain. It’s OK to be skeptical, but we hope you’re curious enough to give Skeptic Distillery the opportunity to challenge your palate so you can decide for yourself. We’re sure you’ll become a believer!


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Special Release Gins

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