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Thornton Distilling Co.

The colorful history of Thornton Distilling Co., the oldest standing brewery in Illinois, can be traced back to 1857 when the brick and limestone brewery and grain tower was built by the John S. Bielfeldt family on the west bank of Thorn Creek in the small village of Thornton, Illinois. During Prohibition, a new owner bottled soda pop and continued to illegally produce beer. Soon, the brewery fell under the control of Chicago bootlegger, Al Capone and his henchman, Joe Saltis. After 100 years, beer brewing ceased altogether at the historic Thornton brewery. While various businesses would come and go, its heart–the old artesian well–remained but was long forgotten. 

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Our dine-in and special events venues continue to be closed in accordance with public health orders during the Covid-19 pandemic. But behind our closed doors, our staff has been busy manufacturing thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer. To date, we’ve supplied 128 different hospitals, emergency service departments, senior living facilities, and various other front line healthcare organizations at no cost. Learn more >

Our Dead Drop Pecan Whiskey, Dead Drop Gin and Dead Drop Dark Rum are now available to purchase. We offer curbside pickup and practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. Please feel free to stop by or if you’d like curbside pick-up, please call 708.877.6222 upon arrival. Please be sure to wear a mask.  Please click here to visit our online store and to place orders for delivery. (Local delivery only and minimum purchase $32.)