Chicago, IL

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All spirits · Koval

  • Koval Bourbon

    Bourbon · 47.0% ABV

    Out of the bottle, this bourbon opens w/ notes of mango chutney, while the millet renders a soft whisper of vanilla throughout...
  • Koval Cranberry Gin

    Gin · 30.0% ABV

    An enticing blend of tartness & quality freshness; crisp, refreshing cranberry flavors immerse the palate with slight hints of rosemary, juniper & bittersweet anise harmonizing to create an absolut...
  • Koval Dry Gin

    Gin · 47.0% ABV

    Made with a unique variety of woodland spices...
  • Koval Single Barrel Rye

    Rye Whiskey · 40.0% ABV

    Single Barrel. Heart Cut. Organic. Kosher KOVAL Rye offers a unique mash bill of 100% rye grain, all locally and sustainably sourced from a co-op of organic farmers...

About the distillery

Established in 2008, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America. In making this decision, they vowed to make organic spirits from scratch (avoiding the common industry practice of purchasing and bottling pre-made spirits) and to change the way people understand whiskey by creating a new, signature style – using only the “heart” cut of the distillate – affording a brighter, cleaner take on whiskey.

Embracing the grain-to-bottle mentality, each step of the spirit-making process is thoughtfully monitored: beginning with contracting local farmers to grow the grain, to on-site milling and mashing, to finally distilling, bottling, and packaging. After numerous international awards and Robert at the helm of consulting for the burgeoning craft industry, KOVAL has grown to be one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers.

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