Born 1857. Established 2015.


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Latest News

Whiskey Advocate Article, “Peat Done Differently” feat. Thornton Distilling Co.

Check out the Summer 2024 issue of Whiskey Advocate to read more about “Praire Peat,” our forthcoming American Single Malt Whisky. Head Distiller Ari Klafter… Read more

Follow us for latest news

Remy Delgado serves as the Assistant Distiller at Thornton Distilling Co.

An active Army Reservist, Remy is originally from Fox Lake, Illinois and his journey in the world of food and beverage began at a young age when he started working at his family`s restaurant. He later pursued this passion by earning a degree in Food & Beverage Management from the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

After his studies, Remy decided to explore the world of beverage alcohol and embarked on a journey as a brewer, a wine-maker at St. Julian Winery — the largest and oldest winery in Michigan — and eventually a distiller at TDC. With each step, he honed his craft and developed a deep appreciation for the art of distillation.

When he`s not busy distilling, Remy spends time with his dog, trains with his fellow Army Reservists, takes long rides on his motorcycle, and maintains his fitness at the gym.

Among the spirits he creates, Remy has a special fondness for the Prairie Peat Single Malt Whisky, which captivates him with its delightful aromas and complex flavors of locally grown grain and locally harvested Illinois peat.

When it comes to cocktails, Remy`s go-to choice is the Dead Drop Pecan Old Fashioned, a drink that perfectly combines his love for whiskey with the rich and nutty notes of pecan.

If you happen to spot Remy around the distillery, don`t hesitate to say hello! He`s always happy to connect with fellow whiskey enthusiasts and share his knowledge and passion for the craft.
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Join us today at Binnys Evergreen Park for a guided tasting of Dead Drop Spirits! 🥃🇺🇸 ...

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If you’ve been following us for a bit you know how much we genuinely love honey. For our latest project, we took some of our 6 year Dead Drop Straight Bourbon Whiskey and started finishing it in this clover blossom honey barrel.

First used for Kentucky bourbon, this barrel was then sent to Oregon to age clover blossom honey from the Pacific Northwest, and now it’s made its way to us.

Our Head Distiller Ari found the flavor of the honey to be floral, sweet and subtle with nice cinnamon and confectionary notes, and chose a 6-year bourbon from our rickhouse with pronounced walnut, berry and sweet cornbread flavors to compliment it.

We’ll be sampling this regularly while the honey and bourbon flavors mingle in the coming months before bottling the straight bourbon at natural cask strength. Be on the lookout for it at our tasting room towards the end of the year!

#bourbon #beesofinstagram #honeybournon #madeinillinois #chicagodrinks #chicagobourbon #droptodram #chicago
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Save the date with us today! Book your 2025 wedding now before all the prime dates are gone!

#weddingvenue #chicagoweddingvenue #bridetobe2025 #bridetobe2026 #uniqueweddings #distilleryweddings
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We are thrilled to announce that Dead Drop Gin has been awarded a gold medal at the Bartender Spirits Awards! 🏅🍸

Competing against distilleries from around the world, we are humbled and honored to have our gin recognized as an exceptional choice by talented bartenders! #cheers

#DeadDropGin #GoldMedal #Chicagodrinks #Drinksdrinksdrinks #Bartenderspiritsawards #gin #chicagococktails
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Join us today at Binny’s Orland Park for a special Father’s Day weekend guided tasting and grab Dad something neat (or something served neat) like a bottle of our straight bourbon! 🥃🤠 ...

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🚨Introducing our latest single barrel bourbon pick, just in time for Father’s Day! Cheers to Dad!

After tasting through our barrel warehouse, our Head Distiller Ari selected Barrel# 185, a six year straight bourbon whiskey that stood out among the pack.🥃

Color: Pours a golden amber with excellent clarity and saffron-colored edges

Nose: Hot cocoa, toasted oak, dates, walnuts and a hint of rancio and cardamom

Palate: Exceptional spiced caramel, singed orange peel, candied pecans and a delicate cedar-like spice leading into gentle notes of leather and pipe tobacco.

Finish: Extremely complex and mature tasting with a lengthy finish reminiscent of cedar, pecans and bergamot. This is a pensive, well-aged dram.

Barrel #185
94 Proof
Six years matured
750ml

Here’s Ari’s final thoughts:

“This is probably my favorite single-barrel straight bourbon I’ve tasted from our warehouse to date. It’s not a sweet, syrupy or obvious bourbon — instead it’s subtle, mature and on the drier side with lovely singed orange and rancio notes. Due to its delicate, mature nature, it actually expressed itself better at 94 proof than at cask strength, opening up those lovely bergamot and tobacco flavors with a bit of our limestone-filtered artesian well water.”

Price $68

*Please note - this is a limited edition release with only 230 bottles available that will sell out quickly.

Use the link in our Bio to purchase & reserve your bottle for pick-up.

Bottles purchased in advance are available for pick-up during our regular restaurant hours of operation.
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The Thornton Distilling Co. Craft Candle Making Workshop - hosted by professional artisan candle maker, Kim Rowe.

🌷During the workshop you will learn the fine art of candle making!

🪻Choose your favorite fragrance, then measure, mix and pour your very own candle in an instructor-led class.

Each workshop allows students the opportunity to make a new custom fragrance for the season and beyond! Join us for each class session and continue to refine your craft.

The workshop includes a seat and all the supplies for one person to make a truly unique candle for you (or a custom tailored gift for a someone special).

Artisan Candle Making workshops will be help Wednesday evening at 6pm:
6/12, 7/10, 8/14

Learn the intricacies of candle making from a PRO and take your new hobby home with you!

Duration: Classes will last 2 hours in total.

What to do while you wait: During class, please feel free to enjoy drinks & delicious food from the restaurant/bar.

🍹Guests are also invited to grab a bite to eat before or after the class. Reservations are encouraged: diner reservation via link in bio.

✨Price: $40.00 per person - please visit our FB events link in our IG bio for more details and to purchase tickets. 🎟️
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Join us tonight at Liquor Park in Wicker Park for a guided tasting of Dead Drop Spirits 🥃⚡️👀🤠 ...

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Thornton Distilling Company,
maker of Dead Drop Spirits

The colorful history at Thornton Distilling Co. can be traced back to 1857 when the brick and limestone brewery and grain tower was built by the John S. Bielfeldt Brewing Company on the west bank of Thorn Creek in the small village of Thornton, Illinois. 

To learn more about our unique history and to view a portion of our massive collection of historic photos and artifacts,
please visit our timeline below.

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Born 1857. Established 2015.


Tour & Taste


Book a tour of Thornton Distilling Co.
Slide

Latest News

Whiskey Advocate Article, “Peat Done Differently” feat. Thornton Distilling Co.

Check out the Summer 2024 issue of Whiskey Advocate to read more about “Praire Peat,” our forthcoming American Single Malt Whisky. Head Distiller Ari Klafter… Read more

Follow us for latest news

Remy Delgado serves as the Assistant Distiller at Thornton Distilling Co.

An active Army Reservist, Remy is originally from Fox Lake, Illinois and his journey in the world of food and beverage began at a young age when he started working at his family`s restaurant. He later pursued this passion by earning a degree in Food & Beverage Management from the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

After his studies, Remy decided to explore the world of beverage alcohol and embarked on a journey as a brewer, a wine-maker at St. Julian Winery — the largest and oldest winery in Michigan — and eventually a distiller at TDC. With each step, he honed his craft and developed a deep appreciation for the art of distillation.

When he`s not busy distilling, Remy spends time with his dog, trains with his fellow Army Reservists, takes long rides on his motorcycle, and maintains his fitness at the gym.

Among the spirits he creates, Remy has a special fondness for the Prairie Peat Single Malt Whisky, which captivates him with its delightful aromas and complex flavors of locally grown grain and locally harvested Illinois peat.

When it comes to cocktails, Remy`s go-to choice is the Dead Drop Pecan Old Fashioned, a drink that perfectly combines his love for whiskey with the rich and nutty notes of pecan.

If you happen to spot Remy around the distillery, don`t hesitate to say hello! He`s always happy to connect with fellow whiskey enthusiasts and share his knowledge and passion for the craft.
...

49 0

Join us today at Binnys Evergreen Park for a guided tasting of Dead Drop Spirits! 🥃🇺🇸 ...

29 0

If you’ve been following us for a bit you know how much we genuinely love honey. For our latest project, we took some of our 6 year Dead Drop Straight Bourbon Whiskey and started finishing it in this clover blossom honey barrel.

First used for Kentucky bourbon, this barrel was then sent to Oregon to age clover blossom honey from the Pacific Northwest, and now it’s made its way to us.

Our Head Distiller Ari found the flavor of the honey to be floral, sweet and subtle with nice cinnamon and confectionary notes, and chose a 6-year bourbon from our rickhouse with pronounced walnut, berry and sweet cornbread flavors to compliment it.

We’ll be sampling this regularly while the honey and bourbon flavors mingle in the coming months before bottling the straight bourbon at natural cask strength. Be on the lookout for it at our tasting room towards the end of the year!

#bourbon #beesofinstagram #honeybournon #madeinillinois #chicagodrinks #chicagobourbon #droptodram #chicago
...

28 1

Save the date with us today! Book your 2025 wedding now before all the prime dates are gone!

#weddingvenue #chicagoweddingvenue #bridetobe2025 #bridetobe2026 #uniqueweddings #distilleryweddings
...

7 0

We are thrilled to announce that Dead Drop Gin has been awarded a gold medal at the Bartender Spirits Awards! 🏅🍸

Competing against distilleries from around the world, we are humbled and honored to have our gin recognized as an exceptional choice by talented bartenders! #cheers

#DeadDropGin #GoldMedal #Chicagodrinks #Drinksdrinksdrinks #Bartenderspiritsawards #gin #chicagococktails
...

30 2

Join us today at Binny’s Orland Park for a special Father’s Day weekend guided tasting and grab Dad something neat (or something served neat) like a bottle of our straight bourbon! 🥃🤠 ...

33 1

🚨Introducing our latest single barrel bourbon pick, just in time for Father’s Day! Cheers to Dad!

After tasting through our barrel warehouse, our Head Distiller Ari selected Barrel# 185, a six year straight bourbon whiskey that stood out among the pack.🥃

Color: Pours a golden amber with excellent clarity and saffron-colored edges

Nose: Hot cocoa, toasted oak, dates, walnuts and a hint of rancio and cardamom

Palate: Exceptional spiced caramel, singed orange peel, candied pecans and a delicate cedar-like spice leading into gentle notes of leather and pipe tobacco.

Finish: Extremely complex and mature tasting with a lengthy finish reminiscent of cedar, pecans and bergamot. This is a pensive, well-aged dram.

Barrel #185
94 Proof
Six years matured
750ml

Here’s Ari’s final thoughts:

“This is probably my favorite single-barrel straight bourbon I’ve tasted from our warehouse to date. It’s not a sweet, syrupy or obvious bourbon — instead it’s subtle, mature and on the drier side with lovely singed orange and rancio notes. Due to its delicate, mature nature, it actually expressed itself better at 94 proof than at cask strength, opening up those lovely bergamot and tobacco flavors with a bit of our limestone-filtered artesian well water.”

Price $68

*Please note - this is a limited edition release with only 230 bottles available that will sell out quickly.

Use the link in our Bio to purchase & reserve your bottle for pick-up.

Bottles purchased in advance are available for pick-up during our regular restaurant hours of operation.
...

32 4

The Thornton Distilling Co. Craft Candle Making Workshop - hosted by professional artisan candle maker, Kim Rowe.

🌷During the workshop you will learn the fine art of candle making!

🪻Choose your favorite fragrance, then measure, mix and pour your very own candle in an instructor-led class.

Each workshop allows students the opportunity to make a new custom fragrance for the season and beyond! Join us for each class session and continue to refine your craft.

The workshop includes a seat and all the supplies for one person to make a truly unique candle for you (or a custom tailored gift for a someone special).

Artisan Candle Making workshops will be help Wednesday evening at 6pm:
6/12, 7/10, 8/14

Learn the intricacies of candle making from a PRO and take your new hobby home with you!

Duration: Classes will last 2 hours in total.

What to do while you wait: During class, please feel free to enjoy drinks & delicious food from the restaurant/bar.

🍹Guests are also invited to grab a bite to eat before or after the class. Reservations are encouraged: diner reservation via link in bio.

✨Price: $40.00 per person - please visit our FB events link in our IG bio for more details and to purchase tickets. 🎟️
...

21 2

Join us tonight at Liquor Park in Wicker Park for a guided tasting of Dead Drop Spirits 🥃⚡️👀🤠 ...

35 0

Thornton Distilling Company,
maker of Dead Drop Spirits

The colorful history at Thornton Distilling Co. can be traced back to 1857 when the brick and limestone brewery and grain tower was built by the John S. Bielfeldt Brewing Company on the west bank of Thorn Creek in the small village of Thornton, Illinois. 

To learn more about our unique history and to view a portion of our massive collection of historic photos and artifacts,
please visit our timeline below.