- 674 Ratings
Chicago Few Spirits Distillery Tour and Tasting
Take your tastebuds on a tour of the first distiller of grain spirits in Evanston, which also has the honor of being the first to overcome the Temperance Movement. Sample spirits that have satisfied palates all over the world for decades.
What You Will Do
- Explore a grain to glass distillery to get a taste of the history of liquor in Evanston
- Bottoms up with a tasting of award-winning spirits, such as whiskey, bourbon and gin, that pack a punch
- Enjoy a guided walkthrough of the distillery to see what goes on behind the scenes: Get a deeper understanding of what goes into your glass
- Hourlong guided tour
- Complimentary tasting
Guests must be 21+ to participate.
- 674 Ratings
Our tour guide affectionately named "Mr Tour Guide" (Josh? Shawn?) was OUTSTANDING, super knowledgeable, super professional. We had an outstanding experience and spent much more than we planned to. 1 bottle was our plan and we got 3 but how could we not when Josh-Shawn was so great!? Thanks for making this available!
Zack was an excellent tour guide and had an explanation for all of our specific questions. There was even one question he did not know the answer to and he spent time talking to other employees and researching the answer for another guest. We had a wonderful time!
Guide knew all the answers to every question. Taste testing was interesting. Melort causes blindness, fortunate for everyone you are banned from making it. Loved the prices of the bottles at the end of the tour too.
Zach was very informative, funny, and made the best of the situation! The gas alarm was going off during the tasting and tour but he made us all comfortable and kept things upbeat! HUGE shoutout to Zach! I’ll definitely be back!
Compared to other tours, this one is relatively short as the barrels rest in a different location, as does the bottling area. We were surprised to find the building has no climate control, which wasn’t great on a hot and humid night.
Great staff, very friendly. Worth every penny.
We could have used mixers such as soda, tonic and cold water which would have added to the tasting experience. This would have enhanced the flavor of your products for our group of women who were not accustomed to drinking hard liquor straight. The water provided on the tables was warm on the 90 degree day we in the distillery. Ice cubes would also have enhanced the tasting experience making your product more pleasureable. Overall we learned some interesting facts about the distillery process and the history of Evanston!
It was a thoughtful tour, the guide was knowledgeable and personable. I appreciated the small group and certainly enjoyed the tasting at the end!
Excellent tour guide - very informative, funny and personable.
We had an amazing tour guide! Thanks so much for such an informative and fun afternoon!
Our guide knew his stuff about the history and was well versed with the distillery process and tasting the various liquors. Some people asked some crazy questions that I'm didn't think were really relevant, but he was able to get them answered by other staff members there. Overall loved your distillery and the tour. We did not feel rushed, even tho it was a good sized group. Would love to see your rickhouses, or at least pictures of them given that we have toured a number of bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and High West in Park City, Utah. Good work!!!
I have been on many brewery tours, this was my first distillery tour. I took my Fiancee and we both had a blast and learned a lot. Bailey, our guide, was very enthusiastic, informed, and we'll versed in her delivery. Getting to try everything was great, and she even offered us an extra pour of our favorite after the tasting. My favorite part was tasting the "tails" fresh From the still. Nice touch, FEW!
The tour was informative. The tasting sizes were generous. Bailey was an outstanding hostess.
Great experience! The presenter was super clear and it was a lot of fun!
Bailey was sweet and knowledgable and made the tour interesting and accessible. Love all the Chicago references in labeling and the historic aspect of the name. A wonderful time was had by all
The only thing better than the spirits was our guide! Thanks for such a good experience!
Just think there should be snacks or something to cleanse your pallet and help curb te drunkness 😉
I enjoyed hearing about the history of the distillery and the process of distilling spirits. It was also nice to get to taste all of their current spirits, even the limited edition release of the season.
FEW Spirits provides a good distillery tour and tasting. Because it is a small operation, there are a number of stages in the process that you cannot see on this site--the grain arrives milled and the whisky is aged and bottled at another location. In addition, the closed fermenters lack some magic. Having said this, Katherine is a knowledgable and informative guide. It was great to learn about gin production and taste the unique attributes of whisky aged in smaller barrels.
Woman who led was great. Would have loved if the tour portion was slower and went in more depth and background especially for us newbies.
I realize that you cannot température control the space, but it would be nice if the drinks were either chilled or had the option to be on ice. We put most of our liquor in the middle "throw-away" bottle just because it was too hot to be drinking warm, straight spirits. This was unfortunate because, since the distillery is so small, a lot of the money for the tour I felt was wasted. And, I drink FEW often and was really looking forward to truly tasting the spirits I had never tried from the distillery. We really loved the space, though, and our guide was very knowledgeable and just a cool person all around. We also really liked the whole mentality of FEW.
The girl who led the tour from CA was awesome!
Disappointed to discover bottles can be bought cheaper at Binny's than direct (single malt at Binny's is $60). Otherwise tour was fantastic, guide was really great at answering all our questions!
Good overall tour of the facility with decent tasting pours.
It was a nice tour.
It's a nice place but hard to find! The guide was very knowledgeable! I took my gin-loving husband for his birthday. We loved the tour but my husband is not a fan of rye, so that diminished the tasting experience.
Always a fun tour and good booze.
The actual tour and and tasting was great. However, we were late because we couldn't find the entrance, which was really frustrating. Maybe give more detailed directions when tickets are purchased.
A nice beginner's tour of an up and coming distillery that provides excellent insight into their spirits.
it was an awesome tour. your new girl at the front is exceptional.
Fun and informative - and we got to taste 3 gins and 5 whiskeys. There was a large amount of time to taste, and enjoy.