From Ruin to Restoration

In 2014, as the old brewery sat vacant, a small group of craft distillers happened upon its colorful history as Illinois’ oldest standing brewery and discovered the artesian well still functioned. After four long years of meticulous building restoration, The Well at the Distillery is again producing fine distilled spirits. The Well is a testament of the enduring spirit of Chicago and the spirits of all those past and present in Thornton who have shared a dream about those limestone-filtered waters beneath an artesian well.

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