Born 1857. Established 2015.


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Latest News

Introducing the first-ever Illinois peated single malt whisky, made using entirely locally-sourced Illinois peat.

In a hyper-local, terroir-driven take on our signature single malt whisky, Head Distiller Ari Klafter and Co-Founder Andrew Howell visited a private family-owned bog along… Read more

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.


Experience the distillery


Sample our new spirits, have a cocktail, or even host an event

Tour & Taste


Book a tour of Thornton Distillery

It's dropped


Try our Dead Drop Pecan Whiskey

Latest News

Introducing the first-ever Illinois peated single malt whisky, made using entirely locally-sourced Illinois peat.

In a hyper-local, terroir-driven take on our signature single malt whisky, Head Distiller Ari Klafter and Co-Founder Andrew Howell visited a private family-owned bog along… Read more

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.