Media Archive

Here are some of the older media and blogger pieces about us and our products.

WCIU-TV came to visit us as part of their morning show!
Chicago Tribune wrote about our Eldergin and loved it
WGN-TV visited us and interviewed Derek
Chicago Tribune wrote about our newest permanent addition, Sol Chamomile Citrus
Chicago Sun Times wrote about the local craft distilling scene
Chicago Magazine covered our tasting room opening in a photo essay
Tasting Table wrote about our new tasting room and tour program
Time Out Chicago broke the print story about our new tasting room
Anthony Todd at Serious Eats writes a detailed review of our new spirit, Sol
The fine folks at Grubstreet in Chicago wrote about our new tasting room and tour program
CNN Eatocracy writes about absinthe, and mentions our Sirène Absinthe Verte.
Barrie Lynn, the Cheese Impresario on Cheese Rules, talks about our Aquavit - Private Reserve on this great video.
Chicagoist wrote about our new tasting room, as well as our new product, Sol - find that one here.
Leah Zeldes at Dining Chicago wrote about our new tasting room

The fun folks at Norpie's Forks & Corks visited our tasting room and shared a great cocktail with Sol

January 2011
In their "Best of the USA" list, the gents at recommended our Distiller's Gin No. 11 for your cocktails - January 2011
Chicago Sun-Times wrote about our Sirène Absinthe Verte in honor of Bastille Day.
Chicago Tribune wrote about our newest limited release, CR2 in the Sunday Magazine. On Trib Local, the paper's suburban news service, Ed Brill wrote about it as well.
Tasting Table wrote about our newest limited release also.
The readers of Mindful Metropolis voted us the Best Midwestern Spirit for 2010!
Time Out Chicago wrote about our latest limited release, it's "killer."
The bar patrons at The 100 Bar Project discovered our gins at the Elysian hotel with our friend Tom behind the stick
Hal Wolin at A Muddled Thought in NYC wrote about our Distiller's Gin No. 6, as part of a gin-tasting series
Chicago Tribune wrote about our contest to guess the new limited release.
Imbibe Magazine reviewed vodkas, and said great things about ours.
November 2009 The New York Times wrote about craft distilling in Illinois, including our little operation here on November 29, 2009
Chicagoist visited us and wrote about it.
Tasting Table, a new daily foodie email based in Chicago profiled us in their debut edition
Chicago Tribune wrote about our Mole Poblano in the Sunday Magazine on July 26, 2009

The folks at Sloshed!, a great cocktail blog, wrote about and reviewed our gins Here's the article!

Luxist wrote about our Mole Poblano.
The guys at Proof 66, a fun website for liquor reviews & profiles, came to visit us recently.
The ADI Bloggers group interviewed us. (May 2009)
The folks at Urban Daddy wrote up a nice piece about our new limited release, Eldergin (April 2009)
Jill Jaracz over at Drive-Thru wrote about regional distilleries at WhiskeyFest, and talked about us (Apr 3, 2009)
Edible Chicago wrote a great article about us, with some fantastic pictures (.pdf)
Karl Klockars at interviewed Sonja on his weekly podcast. Give it a listen!
Men's Journal wrote about Aquavit, including our Aquavit - Private Reserve
The folks at recommended our Sirène Absinthe Verte as a unique, alternative beverage at your wedding (Dec 26, 2008)
Sheridan Road wrote about North Shore Distillery (.pdf)
Men's Book profiled North Shore Distillery and talked about our latest products (.pdf)
Chicago Drinks (part of the Chicago Reader ) writes about North Shore Distillery
September 2008 Chicago Scene wrote about great vodkas, including our own North Shore Vodka (.pdf)
Pioneer Press has a great article about our absinthe, as well as some reviews and tips on drinking absinthe (all .pdf files)
Chicago Magazine recommends trying Sirène Absinthe Verte this month
Kelly's Grape Times - although she mostly writes about wine, this writer talks about making infused syrups and using one in a cocktail with our Distiller's Gin No. 6
Blotto - This very fun "Journal of the North American Booze Council" talks about our Distiller's Gin No. 6
Luxist wrote about our 2008 limited release, Alphonso Mango No. 11, on this blog about new & cool stuff
190 North piece about Absinthe on ABC-7 in Chicago; original air date July 27, 2008, to be rebroadcast on August 2, 2008 (look for the piece called "Chicago's Absinthe Scene")
Crain's Chicago Business Online Video About Sirène Absinthe (loads in a player)
University of Illinois Chicago Alumni Magazine profiled Derek Kassebaum
Drive-Thru Chicago reviewed our reviews Sirène Absinthe Verte - from June 20, 2008
Narcissism, It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore - on this fun blog, Aurea posted about her experiences with our recent absinthe seminar.
Consume with Desire blog - Sean Murphy wrote about comparing absinthes, including our Sirène Absinthe Verte (which the group loved)
Eyeliner Robot writes about absinthe on this Chicago-based blog, and a review of Sirène was posted on May 6, 2008
Business Week (Chicago edition) profiled North Shore Distillery (Mar 24 2008)

Time Out Chicago taste-tested a variety of Midwestern spirits, and our Distiller's Gin No. 6 and North Shore Vodka did very well in the competition (Feb 21 2008)

Ideal Bite recommended our Aquavit - Private Reserve (.pdf).
Red Eye Chicago recommends taking our Aquavit - Private Reserve along for a BYOB adventure at a local Scandinavian eatery (Jan 10 2008)
The Boozehound selected our Aquavit - Private Reserve as the spirit of the month for January 2008!
Time Out Chicago includes our Rhuginger No. 6 in the 100 best things they ate and drank this year
Chicago Tribune includes our Tahitian Vanilla Vodka in their top handcrafted holiday gift picks for foodies
The guys at Gin Reviews gave our Distiller's Gin No. 6 a great review
New York Times chief wine critic, Eric Asimov, talks about midwestern spirits (and likes ours)
Chicagoist wrote about our 2007 limited release, Rhuginger No. 6
The Boozehound posted a video tour & interview of North Shore Distillery
September 2007 The food editors at Chicago Magazine write The Dish blog - check out what they said about our 2007 limited release, Rhuginger No. 6 (look for "Lucky Six" heading)

On the Chicago Localvore blog, they wrote about Rhuginger No. 6

Hear on Earth radio program on Wisconsin Public Radio about vodka - Sonja was a guest (you can stream it on that site)

June 2007

On Explore the Pour, Robert Heugel's blog about all things cocktailian (now Drink Dogma), he wrote about Distiller's Gin No. 6 on June 11, 2007 & about Aquavit Private Reserve on April 18, 2007
On the Chicago Tribune's food blog, The Stew, our Distiller's Gin No. 6 was mentioned on May 9, 2007 (link to .pdf)
Chicago Tribune articles about gin and comparing gins (both pdf)
Wine Enthusiast article on small-batch gins (pdf)
On Gapers Block's Drive Thru Blog, Tim wrote about our distillery on April 10, 2007 and recommended a cocktail with Distiller's Gin No. 6 on February 8, 2007

The Backlit Vodka Lounge reviewed North Shore Vodka on April 1, 2007

March 2007


On the Pro Bono Baker blog, Gemma wrote about Aquavit Private Reserve on March 12, 2007
190 North piece on ABC7 Chicago about NSD (link to video) or click here for automatic streaming of the .m4v file (big file)
Imbibe Magazine article on Aquavit (pdf)
UR Chicago praise for Tahitian Vanilla Vodka (pdf)
Time Out Chicago piece on Tahitian Vanilla Vodka (pdf)
Chicago Tribune on The Next Big Things for 2007 (pdf)
Chicago Magazine - on Distiller's Gin No. 6 (pdf)
Metromix TV (on CLTV) piece about us (streaming video)
Forest & Bluff Magazine - about NSD (.pdf)
Cheers Magazine - Gin Renaissance (.pdf) post about NSD vodka and gin (.pdf)
Crain's Chicago Business on our infused gins (.pdf)
TimeOut Chicago on taste testing flavored spirits (.pdf)
Chicago Tribune on NSD (.pdf)
Time Out Chicago on NSD products (.pdf)
North Shore Magazine about NSD (.pdf)
Chicago Reader on NSD (.pdf)
Pioneer Press on NSD (.pdf)

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