chicago, illinois. october 1-6, 2012.
It all started with a Google search…
Around the time of Chicago’s Craft Beer Week earlier this year, a random search for “Craft Spirit Week” yielded nothing but “School Spirit Week Craft Ideas” and “High School Spirit Week Activities,” plus a single spot on Craft Beer Week. No craft spirits. That term must not be in cyberspace. Standing proud, we thought, well that has got to change.
After a barrage of emails amongst fellow industry folk here in the booming craft booze city of Chicago, we commenced the planning of the country’s first true Craft Spirit Week. Not just a series of tastings or a set of cocktail contests, we are getting geeky. We love spirits – we love making them, drinking them on their own (and yes, of course we love them in cocktails too!), and sharing them with the people who drink them more than us. Incredible spirits are being crafted in tiny batches by tiny businesses in tiny places, and we are bringing the beauty of those tiny liquid gems straight to you, the folks who keep us alive and breathing, near the potstill and at the bar.
Macro no more, we are celebrating the art of fine craft spirits, made by hand, drank by hand. Events, seminars, dinners, tastings surrounding the mid-week feature of the Independent Spirits Expo. As with most things in Chicago, we dig the arts, whether it be on a wall or in a bottle. Supported by our friends at the great bars and restaurants of Chicago and craft distillers and fans the world over, we welcome you to our week of reverence and delight in what is truly an American spirit.