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Local Whiskey Brand Hitting Stores In November

By Anna Deem in News on Oct 30, 2010 6:30PM

It has taken 90 years, but a boutique Chicago distillery is finally bringing back Chicago's whiskey distilling trade, which was abolished by prohibition. Distilled at Koval Distillery in Ravenswood, Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey, is due to reach stores in Chicago on November 6, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Named for Lion Birnecker, the son of Koval's owners Sonat and Robert Birnecker, Lion's Pride will come in four flavors--rye, oat, dark rye, and dark oat. The whiskey joins a line-up of vodka, liqueurs, and other spirits from the Birneckers' distillery.

(Ed. Note: We should clarify that Lion's Pride is the first barrel-aged local whiskey in 90 years. Koval has been selling oat and rye white whiskies for quite some time. — CS)