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Welcome to
The Intersection of
Craft & Science

Where Flavor is Distilled & Bottled.

At Skeptic Distillery, we combine the science of low pressure, cold distillation with a culinary approach to flavor, producing clean and vibrant spirits that taste as fresh as the day our ingredients were picked from the earth.

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Distilling Fresh Flavor

As one of only a few in the entire world, our craft distillery specializes in the application of cold distillation methods to spirits.  We strive to create flavor experiences that evoke emotions and memories. Every decision is inspired by our mission, which is to provide the highest quality spirits that connect with people in unexpected ways.


Please take a journey through our catalog of current and future products to learn more about us and our unique approach to spirits. Or click the button below to learn more about how we started on our distilling odyssey.

Fresh Flavor

Distilled & Bottled


Each of our unique spirits is distilled under near-zero pressure at cold temperatures, devoid of oxygen.  This process preserves flavors and aromas that would be otherwise destroyed.  Cold distillation also carries over a natural sweetness of midwestern corn and a clean, smooth and complex taste.

Skeptic Distillery cold vacuum distilled vodka pouring into a glass of ice
A cucumber mint gin martini with a bottle of Skeptic Distillery award winning, cold vacuum distilled gin
A bottle of GinQuila Reposado with a vibrant cocktail splashing and bright tropical colors
GinQuila Anejo Single Barrel limited release made from Mexican botanical gin cold distilled then aged in tequila barrels

Skeptic Vodka

SIP Awards Double Gold 2019

Vodka of the Year 2018

Our vodka has won more awards than we can recall.  Naturally gluten free with no additives, it still retains a natural sweetness of the Midwestern corn from which it is made because of the cold distillation process.  One of the smoothest and cleanest tasting corn vodkas you will ever try.

Skeptic Gin

Top 100 Spirits in the World

(Wine Enthusiast 2019)

Gin of The Year/Best in Show 2018

Skeptic Gin is a blend of fresh ingredients infused in our corn spirit base for over a week, including fresh mango, pear, gooseberries, orange and grapefruit zest, juniper berries, coriander, green cardamom and hibiscus flower.  Cold distillation brings the brightness of all these ingredients into the final contemporary gin we call Skeptic Gin No. 1.

GinQuila Reposado

SIP Awards Double Gold 2021

GinQuila is inspired by the vibrant flavors of Latin America and the cantarito cocktail.  Fresh grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime zests, papaya, chipotle and arbol peppers, thyme, cinnamon and a bit of juniper are all infused for a week in our corn spirit base, redistilled at cold temperatures, then rested in former tequila barrels for several months.

GinQuila Anejo
Single Barrel Release

SIP Awards Double Gold 2019

Vodka of the Year 2018

GinQuila Anejo is aged for between 1-3 years in the same barrels as GinQuila Reposado, then single barrels are hand selected for bottling at 92.6 proof. This expression showcases more of the oaky tequila, creamy vanilla and spice notes from the barrels with a complex array of tropical flavors and aromas.

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  • In Store Tasting @ Whole Foods
    Fri, Aug 05
    Whole Foods
    Aug 05, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Whole Foods, 215 S Il Rte 83, Elmhurst, IL 60126
    Skeptic Distillery is holding an in-store tasting from 5-7pm.
  • Jazz Night at the InterContinental Hotel
    Fri, Jul 08
    InterContinental Hotel Magnificent Mile
    Jul 08, 2022, 5:00 PM CDT – Sep 16, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT
    InterContinental Hotel Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave Chicago, Illinois 60611
    Join us every Thursday for live jazz in our beautiful hotel lobby. Travel back in time to the 1920s as you sip your favorite beverage from our bathtub gin bar and sway to live jazz from our guest musical host.
  • Skeptic Distillery Minnesota Visit
    Tue, May 03
    Libation Project Firehouse Office
    May 03, 2022, 1:00 PM – May 04, 2022, 8:00 PM
    Libation Project Firehouse Office, 926 Hampden Ave W, St. Paul 55114
    Founder of Skeptic Distillery, Karl Loepke, will be visiting Minneapolis/St. Paul with our distributor, Libation Project, to participate in an industry tasting event on Tuesday and May the 4th event on Wednesday.


2525 W Le Moyne St.
Melrose Park, IL 60160

(708) 223-8286

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Bottles of Skeptic Distillery GinQuila Reposado, Gin and Vodka with focus on GinQuila in front
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