Evanston city officials gathered Thursday to toast the successful launch of the city’s first micro-distillery.
Few Spirits, owned by Evanstonian Paul Hletko, started distilling liquor in April and bottled its first product in June.
Working from a former auto repair shop in an alley at 918 Chicago Ave., the distillery distributes its products locally at Pete Millers, Oceanique, Union, SPACE, Koi, Bistro Bordeaux, Cellar, Stained Glass, and Prairie Moon.
Hletko says city officials helped him work through various licensing and zoning issues to open the business this year, just a year after state licensing laws were changed to permit such businesses in Illinois.
Alderman Melissa Wynne, whose 3rd Ward includes the distillery site said, “It’s exciting that an Evanston resident has turned his passion into a business.”
Hletko also offers tours of the facility, and not just to aldermen.
Top: Few Spirits Brand Ambassador Brooke Saucier and owner Paul Hletko talk about the distillery operation with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward. (Photo by Jan Smith)