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Spirits

  • Letherbee Distilery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    letherbeeLetherbee is an independent artisanal distillery founded as an outlet for a few exceptionally talented bartenders to create unique and signature spirits engineered to enliven the discerning drinker and stock the arsenal of the professional bartender. Their signature gin is distinct yet versatile and led the way to a range of craft botanical spirits – barrel-aged absinthe and BESK, a relatively obscure, locally infamous Swedish liqueur.

    Letherbee's spirits are brimming with incredibly robust, subtle and nuanced blends of herbs and botanicals. You can try some for yourself at Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

  • Rhine Hall Distillery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    rhine hallFather and daughter team Charlie and Jenny Solberg operate a hand-crafted brandy distillery - Rhine Hall - in the heart of Chicago’s industrial district, right across the street from Pastoral HQ, crafting fine brandy from locally sourced produce exclusively from the Great Lakes region.

    Charlie Solberg was inspired by his Austrian surroundings in the lake region of Bodensee, nestled between Austria, Germany and Switzerland where he played professional hockey and raised his family. This experience was the seed that grew from a hobby into a family and friend's dream to produce local spirits.

    Meet this inspiring family of artisans and sample Rhine Hall's locally produced brandy at Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

  • Journeyman Distillery - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    photo1Journeyman Distillery is a handcrafted organic distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan in the EK Warren Historic Featherbone Factory, founded by staunch prohibitionist EK Warren, as a buggy whip and corsets factory. Offering organic artisan spirits like gin, vodka, rum and a focus on whiskey, each bottle is distilled, bottled, labeled and packaged at this historic distillery, rich with tradition and deep roots.

    For Pastoral's current stock of Featherbone Bourbon, we went around to all of our locations and tasted 8 different barrel samples and the top vote getting barrel was #148. It's aged for a year in charred barrels in the distillery's Three Oaks, MI facility which used to be a feather bone corset factory, hence the name. There's surprising depth and character in such a young whiskey and there's a nice little kick of spice on the finish from the rye. The whiskey itself is 70% corn, 20% wheat with the remainder being barley and rye; all organically sourced from the Midwest.

    You can only find this exclusive batch of Journeyman Featherbone at Pastoral; meet the makers behind the bourbon and more at the 4th Annual Artisan Producer's Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market, Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels.

    FOLLOW US HERE AND ON FACEBOOK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CONTINUE TO PROFILE MORE OF THE PRODUCERS ATTENDING THIS YEAR!

  • Journeyman Distillery 'Featherbone Bourbon' Barrel #148 - Exclusively at Pastoral!

    photo1Journeyman Distillery is a handcrafted organic distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan in the EK Warren Historic Featherbone Factory, founded by staunch prohibitionist EK Warren, as a buggy whip and corsets factory. Offering organic artisan spirits like gin, vodka, rum and a focus on whiskey, each bottle is distilled, bottled, labeled and packaged at this historic distillery, rich with tradition and deep roots.

    We went around to all of our locations and tasted 8 different barrel samples and the top vote getting barrel was #148. It's aged for a year in charred barrels in the distillery's Three Oaks, MI facility which used to be a feather bone corset factory, hence the name.

    featherbone tastingThere's surprising depth and character in such a young whiskey and there's a nice little kick of spice on the finish from the rye. The whiskey itself is 70% corn, 20% wheat with the remainder being barley and rye; all organically sourced from the Midwest.

    Stop by any of our 3 locations in the city of Chicago, the ONLY place you'll find this delicious craft bourbon.

  • FEW Spirits - Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival Highlights

    few spiritsFEW Spirits in Evanston, IL is a new take on the timeless liquors of the past, embodying the tradition of quality spirits. Every batch is distilled from the very best grains, bottled in-house and handled with the utmost care. Master Distiller, Paul Hletko fought to reverse antiquated liquor laws in the former Temperance Movement town, transitioning it from a dry city to one with its own craft distillery.

    Frances Elizabeth Willard put Evanston on the map as the home of prohibition by championing the Women's Christian Temperance Union, making it a dry town until 1972. As a tongue-in-cheek nod to Willard, Hletko named his distillery FEW Spirits when it became the first post-prohibition distillery in Evanston.

    FEW handcrafted and small batch spirits are made with a "grain-to-glass" mentality, sourcing the best grains, bottled in house and handled with the utmost care. Meet the makers and sample their award-winning spirits at this year's Artisan Producer Festival.

    Held every Spring at Chicago's French Market , Pastoral's 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival on Saturday, April 12th from 11am - 3pm is a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event features producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Along with a stage show packed with chef demonstrations and informative panels!

    Follow us here and on Facebook in the weeks leading up to the festival as we continue to profile more of the producers attending this year!

  • Staff Recipe: Fondue

    We've chosen some of our favorite melty cheeses for this Fondue Recipe!

    fondueIngredients

    • 12 ounces shredded Reading Raclette (about 5 cups)
    • 12 ounces shredded Castelinhos (about 5 cups)
    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 medium garlic clove, halved
    • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
    • 1-2 tablespoons Kirsch (optional, or substitute with Brandy)

    castelinhosInstructions

    1. Toss the cheeses and cornstarch in a large bowl with your fingers until thoroughly combined; set aside.
    2. Rub the cut sides of the garlic halves all over the inside of a medium saucepan.
    3. Add the wine and bring to a boil over medium heat.
    4. Add the cheese mixture to the saucepan a handful at a time, stirring between additions, until all the cheese has been added and is melted, and a smooth mixture has formed.
    5. Add the Kirsch, if using, and stir to combine.
    6. Transfer the mixture to a fondue pot* and serve immediately with bread for dipping.

    * If you don't have a fondue pot, any apparatus that will allow you to keep the cheese warm and melted will work.

  • See Behind the Building of Bar Pastoral!

    Our friends at moss design, the super cool Chicago design studio who helped us realize Bar Pastoral have posted a great video about the project.  It's easy to look good when you've got a great team of designers, artists and contractors on your side!

  • Derby Days Are Here Again

    It's May which means the Kentucky Derby is back and, as if on cue, summer appears to have shown up for the weekend as well! If you're anything like us here at Pastoral, the Derby weekend is a choice opportunity to have a party with your friends and neighbors and consume copious amounts of bourbon, burgoo, and derby pie.

    If you're on the same page, prepare for this year's derby to be extra special. Why? FEW Spirits extremely rare and extremely delicious bourbon, of course!

    FEWbourbon

    As if that wasn't exciting enough, we have an amazing mint julep recipe that's sure to be the talk of the block:

    INGREDIENTS

    3 sprigs fresh mint
    1 teaspoon water
    1 teaspoon superfine sugar
    2 ounces FEW bourbon

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Muddle 2 mint sprigs, the water, and the sugar in a highball or collins glass or a silver julep cup.
    Fill the glass with crushed ice, and pour in the bourbon.
    Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.

    Because our supply of FEW Bourbon is so limited, we have to ask that customers limit themselves to one bottle. Thanks!

  • Pastoral's 2nd Annual Artisan Producer Festival

    4/28: Save The Date-- Come meet over 70 makers of the artisan foods and beverages you love at this unique Chicago event!

    Join Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine at the Chicago French Market for this amazing free event where you can taste, learn and appreciate some of America's (and the world's!) finest producers of cheese, wine & spirits, craft beer, baked goods, confections and other gourmet foods at our second annual festival.  Stay tuned for more updates and profiles of the people and the products being featured and be sure to join us for this memorable one day event that showcases the products you can purchase all year long from the vendors of Chicago's newest culinary destination.  For more information visit us at www.pastoralartisan.com.

  • Cupid Takes A "Shot"

    Just in time for Valentine's Day: an artisinal vodka sure to start or end your date on a pitch-perfect note.

    Pastoral is proud to add Detroit's very own Valentine Vodka to its small roster of artisinal spirits. Valentine is the vision of ex-Wall Streeter and now Master Distiller, Rifino Valentine. Distilled from a proprietary blend of Michigan raised red wheat, barley and corn, Valentine's goal was to produce a small-batch vodka geared toward the dirty martini. His secret blend creates an on-the-rocks worthy sipper as well as a finessed addition to cocktails. For the truly indulgent, stop by Pastoral for a bottle of Valentine Vodka and take home some selections from our olive bar.

    Don't like dirty martinis? Accompany your Valentine Vodka with Fentiman's Ginger Beer available at all three Pastoral locations and check out this recipe for a classic Moscow Mule.

    Moscow Mule
    1.75 oz. Valentine Vodka
    .75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
    2 oz. Fentiman's Ginger Beer
    Several dashes of Bitters (Cherry if available)

    In a shaker with ice, add vodka, lemon juice and bitters. Shake gently and pour contents into tall glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemon twist.

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