Two-Hour Whiskey Workshop for One or Two with Up to 12 Tastings at Koval Distillery (Up to 54% Off)


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Award-winning producers of organic and kosher whiskeys impart their crafting and tasting expertise during comprehensive workshops

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  • $75 for a whiskey workshop with up to 12 optional tastings (a $150 value)
  • $139 for a whiskey workshop with up to 12 optional tastings for two (a $300 value)

In this comprehensive whiskey workshop, distillery ambassador Kristine Sherred goes beyond basic distinctions between rye and single malt to explain subtle variations of flavor. During the session, which runs a little over two hours, Kristine guides whiskey lovers through the spirit's history, from traditional white rye to today's high-rye bourbons, and presents both classic whiskeys and new-aged takes such as whiskeys distilled from millet, straight barley, and sorghum. Participants learn how to judge quality by discerning whether the distiller left in any tails—the bitter alcohol formed at the end of a distillation run.

Students will also learn how the production process can express different qualities in the grain, reviewing both traditional and modern distilling methods. The workshop includes up to 12 optional whiskey tastings, such as one of Koval’s white whiskeys or single-grain, single-barrel variations, and samples from craft distilleries from around the country. Workshops are held by reservation.

Koval Distillery

Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker-Hart are devoted to the art of distilling. For Robert, it’s a family tradition: he still treasures memories of his grandparents’ award-winning Austrian distillery, where he often helped out as a child. A graduate of Oxford and the University of London, Robert's wife, Sonat, gave up a tenured academic position to pursue the couple’s dream of making their own spirits from scratch. Today, Robert and Sonat’s award-winning Koval Distillery is the first to open in Chicago’s city limits since Prohibition. There, they blend classic, mainstream techniques with contemporary, indie methods, ensuring quality by using only certified organic and kosher ingredients grown in the Midwest.

Using a Kothe potstill custom-made and hand-built in Germany, the husband-and-wife team produces small-batch spirits, including five original white whiskeys made from rye, oat, wheat, millet, and spelt mash.These spirits have won multiple local and national awards, from Whisky Magazine’s 100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit to the Chicago Reader’s Best Local Distillery.

Customer Reviews

It was fun and I learned a lot. Thanks!
Hannah G. · August 12, 2013
The tour was really informative - and tasty ... The tour guide (Jake?) was really personable and very knowledgeable. It was a great value - and then we were offered a discount on purchases from their retail shop upon departure. Definitely a great experience. I intend to send others!
Lois H. · May 20, 2017
Koval is right in my neighborhood. They are always kind and knowledgeable. I loved getting to learn more about their process and trying the wide variety they offer.
Emily W. · May 5, 2017
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