Tour, taste and dine

Bar & Dining

The Well at the Distillery

The Well, Thornton Distilling Company’s Cocktail Bar, Restaurant & Special Event Space
It is with a heavy heart that we have made the painful decision to pivot back to a bottle shop on a temporary basis. The Well, our cocktail bar and lounge, will be closed for the foreseeable future, effective immediately.

We have tried our hardest to stay open in order to help support our staff and to continue to provide you with an excellent hospitality experience. However, after speaking with our team today, we all agree that we are out of options. Temporarily closing now will give us a fighting chance of reopening The Well in the Spring of 2021. Please note, we ARE NOT CLOSING PERMANENTLY. We look forward to re-opening for bar service and seeing your beautiful smiles as soon as possible.

Until then, we will pivot back to a bottle shop – open every Friday (4pm-8pm) & Saturday (1pm-6pm). We will also offer delivery service during the above hours. If you would like to place an order in advance, please visit our web-shop or stop by during regular bottle shop hours. We also will be selling growlers of our freshly tapped beers. 


Tour & Taste

Built in 1857, the rich past is reflected in every nook and cranny of our historic building. We’ll take you on a journey where you’ll learn about our history starting in the 1800’s through Prohibition when Al Capone seized control to produce illegal beer and spirits up to the present. You will visit our still-functioning subterranean limestone artesian well as well as our modern distillery production floor where we produce American single malt whiskey, rye whiskey, rum and gin and other fine, small batch spirits. 

Tours conclude with a guided tasting. Tours cost $10, are limited to groups of ten people and are 21+. Tour schedule is subject to change.  We recommend scheduling your tour in advance here.

Host an Event

Distiller’s Hall

Our event hall has the character to make your celebration one to remember.  Built as an extension of The Well during its time as Frederick’s Brewing Company, the Distiller’s Hall is both industrial chic and hometown rustic. With original fixtures from the 1950’s with modern touches, the hall is great for festivities of all sorts and sizes. With our limestone bar nearby, the drinks will be always ready.


We offer couples turn-key event packages that will help simplify planning your special day. Our space combines a vintage industrial aesthetic with updated amenities.

Cocktail Parties

Craft a wonderful evening for your associates with one of our cocktail packages. Our expert bartenders will make an assortment of drinks.

Mixology Classes

Classes available for private groups. Learn how the flavors of a spirit interact with other ingredients. Afterward, enjoy your creations in the company of friends.

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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.)