2019 Chicago Indie Spirits Expo

2019 Chicago Indie Spirits Expo

September 25 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hilton Chicago Hotel | 720 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60613

The annual gathering of independently produced spirits from around the world – vodka, gin, rum, tequila, pisco, cachaca, brandy/cognac/Armagnac, whisk(e)y (American/Scotch/Irish/Japanese/Canadian/World), liqueurs, mixers, etc.!

Join us and meet the fascinating people who are changing the landscape of backbars around the world! Last year we had over 600 spirits poured by 130 distillers, brand ambassadors, importers & distributors!!

Keep an eye on this page as we list the innovative small brands sampling at the best underground spirits event in North America.

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019
Press/Trade Tasting: 4:30-9:00PM
VIP Tasting: 5-6:30PM
General Admission: 6:30-9:00PM

Venue: The Chicago Hilton Hotel & Tower, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Room: The Continental Ballroom

GA/VIP Tickets are now on sale ~

For VIP Ticket Holders, you have access to our seminars TBD

Tastings.com Award Presentation TBD

Additional related events:


Bitter Ex Bitters – all available styles
28 Island Vodka, Doctor Bird Rum, Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey, Catcher’s Rye, Grass Widow Whiskey, Grass Widow Ten Year Whiskey, Rye Dog Whiskey, Old Cockney Gin, Nain Rouge Absinthe, J. Riddle Bourbon,
Empress 1908 Gin
Belle Mead Bourbon: Classic Sour Mash, Sherry Cask Finish, Cognac Cask Finish, Madeira Cask Finish, Cask Strength Reserve
J Henry & Sons Small Batch bourbon, Patton Road Reserve Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon, Bellefontaine Reserve Cognac Finished Bourbon, 10th Anniversary 2019 Limited Addition Special Blend Bourbon
Blaum Bros Bourbon, Blaum Bros Rye, Oldfangled Knotter Bourbon 12yo, Galena Club Light Whiskey
Whitley Neill Gin, Pogues, Dead Man’s Finger
Blackened American Whiskey
GLEN MORAY Classic Chardonnay Cask Finish, Sherry Cask Finish, Port Cask Finish, Cabernet Cask Finish, Peated, 12YO, 15YO, 18YO
Signature, Double Oak, Cask Strength, and TBD (Cognac Finish?)
grace gin, tsililis tsipouro, katsaros tsipouro, katsaros ouzo, mitilini ouzo, mastic tears, homericon masticha
Shot Tower Gin, Baltamaro Amaro, Fumus Pumila
Brandy, vodka
Avuá Cachaça and Svöl Aquavit
Lemon and Cranberry Vodka
Grander Rum
Whiskey and Mezcal
Whiskey and Mezcal
Dashfire Bitters
Jade Oolong & Smokey Mist
Cognac and Pineau des Charentes
Amaro Cinpatrazzo
Single Barrel Straight Bourbon, Bourbon Whiskey, Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, 51 Rye Whiskey, 5 Yr Reserve Brandy, Double Cask Gin, Cucumber Vodka, Lemon Vodka
Vodkas, gins, aquavit, aged rums, whiskeys & more!
Stolen X Rock & Rye, 11 Year Whiskey, SMoked Rum, Overproof Rum
Vodka, Lavender Vodka, Jalapeno Vodka, Vanilla Vodka, Saigon Cinnamon Vodka, Rum
7 Syrup (spiced simple syrup), 2 Pepper Agave Syrup, Blueberry Lavender Shrub, and other mixers and syrups.
Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Single Barrel Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey, Dry Gin, Barreled Gin, Cranberry Gin Liqueur
St. James Rhum, Spacegrace, Glenfarclas, Siete Leguas, Los Vecinos, Becherovka, and more
Heaven’s Door Tennessee Straight Bourbon, Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Whiskey, Heaven’s Door Straight Rye Whiskey
Artisanal Dry Gin, Rhubarb & Hibiscus Gin
Cody Road Whiskies
Rhum Clement, Rhum JM, Chairman’s Reserve Rum, Bounty Rum, Admiral Rodney Rum
Ole George Rye Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon, Cherry Whiskey, Barrel Finished Gin,Cherry Vodka, Islay Rye Whiskey, Double Barrel Ole George Rye Whiskey
Two-Fold, Nova & Solera
Comoz Vermouth, Cocchi Vermouth Amaro “Dopo Teatro,” Bonal Gentiane-Quina, Amaro Pasubio, Hayman’s Gin, Amaro Alta Verde, Kronan Swedish Punsch
Whiskey, Gin, & Beer
Cocktails with Bittercube Bitters; Heirloom Liqueurs
Single Barrels bottlings of Resilient Bourbon
Gin, Besk, Fernet, Absinthe
J. Henry Small Batch and Bellefontaine reserve
Cihuatan *yr, 12yr, Nahual Limited
Delord, Dartigalongue, Du Peyrat, Jean Fillioux, Claque Pepin, La Muse Verte, Artez, Guerin
Redemption Whiskey, Bib & Tucker and Masterson’s
Beer Barrel Bourbon, Beer Barrel Rye & Clockwork Orange Liqueur
Espadin, Espadin Capon, Coyote, Tobala, Jabali
Copper Fox Original Single Malt Whisky, Copper Fox Original Rye Whisky, Copper Fox Peachwood Single Malt Whisky
Widow Jane
Mezcal Vago
Small Barrel Bourbon, White Whisky, Small Barrel Rum, White Rum, Vodka, Gin, 3 expressions of agave and our Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whisky.
Spice Note Cumin and Spice Note Cinnamon
whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, honey spirit
Blind Tiger Rye & Bourbon, Ceres Vodka, Finn’s Gin and RTD canned cocktails
Apple Brandy, Oak Aged Apple Brandy, La Normande, Coffee Liqueur, Pear Brandy, Fernet, Cherry Brandy, Plum Brandy, Mango Brandy
CH Vodka, CH London Dry Gin, CH Key Gin, CH Bourbon, CH Rum, Jeppson’s Malört
Chartreuse, Edinburgh Gin, OP Anderson, Pelligrino Amaro, Tariquet Armagnac, Pigs nose, Sheep Dip
David James Bourbon and David James American Whiskey
PRIQLY-Luxury Cocktail Modifier
Still in Question
Kringle Cream, Kringle Cream Latte
28 Island Vodka, Old Cockney Gin, Old Cockney Barrel reserve Gin, Grass Widow Bourbon, Catcher’s Rye Whiskey, J.Riddle Peated Bourbon, Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey, Doctor Bird Rum, Nain Rouge Absinthe, Dos James Mezcal
Amrut Classic Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, Amrut Two Indies Rum
Mizu ‘Saga Barley’ Shochu, Mizu ‘Lemongrass’ Shochu, Mizu ‘Green Tea’ Shochu
Limousin Rye. Deaths Door Gin, Vodka and Wondermint.
Vodka, Gin, 86 proof Bourbon, 105 proof Bourbon, Port Finish Whiskey, PX Sherry Cask Whiskey, Bitter
Penderyn Welsh Whisky, Kilchoman Scotch Whisky, Ohishi Japanese Whisky, Port Askaig Islay Scotch Whisky
Sierra Norte Mexican Whiskey, Scorpion Mezcal
Macchu Pisco and La Diablada
Virginia-Highland Whisky (Port,Chardonnay,Cider)
Four to Six
Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whisky
Tequila, Mezcal and Sotol
World Whiskies, World Gins, Cognacs and Bitters
Craft Vodka, Botanical Gin, American Gold Whiskey Aged 5 Years, Trophy Whiskey Aged 10 Years
Ming River Sichuan Baijiu

All events associated with The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo are 21 and over. All attendees must have a valid photo state or federal I.D.

Admission price provides each ticket holder with 20 sample tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase.

Please do not drink & drive! Taxis & Ubers will be made available. The CTA stop is just 2 blocks away.

Please drink your Independent Spirits responsibly.