About Skeptic

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Skeptic (skep·tik)

noun 1. a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.
Skeptics are curious by nature. We believe in free thinking and individuality. We believe there are always better ways to do things or different ways of solving problems, and that's what makes life interesting. In the world of distilling, we wondered why spirits can't be made fresher, faster, smoother and more flavorful than they are with traditional methods. Why couldn't we fuse science and craft together to make something new....something unique....something better?

For the Curious Craft Spirit Community

Enjoy the nuanced flavors and subtle notes of our carefully processed spirits. Every bottle contains a superior liquid produced with a culinary approach to recipe development and our innovative process. Are you curious? Ask for cocktails made with Skeptic Distillery spirits at your favorite bar, lounge or restaurant, shop online or look for our spirits at your local liquor store.

Better yet, (in the not too distant future, though not quite yet...) schedule a tour or event with a private tasting at our facility? Learn how we make Skeptic spirits — and see firsthand how we make believers out of former skeptics!

For Retailers, Restaurateurs and Bar Owners

Our process fuses craft with science to invent premium spirits that turn skeptics into true believers. Request an in-person tasting at your business. We’re sure that once your bartenders/mixologists and customers taste how our spirits elevate cocktails and stand apart from the crowd, that they’ll be asking for them time after time.

Meet Our Spiritual Astronauts

Get to know the guiding spirits at Skeptic Distillery.

  • Karl - President / Mission Commander
  • Joe - Old Skeptic / Payload Commander
  • Jimmy - National Sales Manager / Rocketeer
  • Brittany - Marketing / Mission Specialist

Still a Skeptic? Check Out Our Awards!

Skeptic Distillery was a big winner In the 2018 USA Spirits Ratings by Beverage Trade Network. Entries were judged on the basis of quality, value and package, and the winners scored highly on all three criteria. We received the following awards:

  • Best In Category - Contemporary Gin, ADI Spirits Competition 2019 (Skeptic Gin)
  • Gold Medal - ADI Spirits Competition 2019 (Skeptic Gin)
  • Certified Craft Distilled Spirit

  • Silver Medal ADI Spirits Competition 2019 (Skeptic Vodka)
  • Certified Craft Distilled Spirit

  • Double Gold Medal, Consumer Judged International Sip Awards 2019 (Skeptic Vodka)
  • Silver Medal, Consumer Judged International Sip Awards 2019 (Skeptic Gin)


Now that you know a little more about us, please consider joining us on our mission to explore better, fresher spirits! Here at Skeptic, we've dedicated ourselves to continuous improvement and exploration. We're currently asking our community to j...

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The Story of Skeptic

It was a dark and stormy night... Karl was an avid homebrewer and craft beer enthusiast with a little dream of opening up his own brewery one day. After getting bitten hard by the craft beer bug, he dove headfirst into the pool full of alligators,...

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Meet The Skeptic Crew

Karl LoepkePresident / Mission Commander / Original SkepticKarl is the founder of Skeptic Distillery Co. and probably the most optimistic skeptic you'll ever encounter. He's the head distiller, equipment builder, amateur engineer, unmotivated acc...

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Awards & Press

USA Spirit Awards - San Francisco, CA 2018Judged in San Francisco, CA, the USA Spirit Awards are based on a criteria of 3 categories: Quality, Value, and Packaging. It's high-profile panel of judges blind taste test each sample and assign placemen...

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Upcoming Events

MBBI Conference - January 23rd, 4-7 pmThe Drake Oak Brook, 2301 York Road, Oak BrookFor Free Local Tastings in Arkansas and Illinois, please visit our facebook page Catch us if you can!

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