After distilling and laying down barrels of whiskey and rum for 2 years, Thornton Distilling Company celebrated its Grand Opening on the anniversary of Repeal Day, December 5th, 2019 with the launch of Dead Drop Spirits. Dead Drop Spirits are now distributed throughout Chicagoland and the US.
A “Dead Drop” is an old prohibition-era bootlegging term. Often times barrels of whiskey would be left at a secret location for pick-up at a later date when the coast is clear. Because of our building’s colorful history and long tradition of malt fermentation, to us, Dead Drop means to pick up from where our predecessors left off and to honor the craftsmanship and methodologies of a bygone era. And thus Dead Drop Spirits was born.