Paul Hletko shares how he started Evanston's Few Spirits.
Few Spirits opened its doors in Evanston at 918 Chicago Ave. in 2011 and enjoys the distinction of being Whole Foods Market Evanston South’s closest supplier. "We are proud that our Bourbon, Rye, White Whiskey and American Gin – all distilled right here in Evanston, the spiritual home of the prohibition movement – are on sale there," Brook Saucier, brand manager for Few Spirits, said in Patch's holiday guide. Need recommendations for what spirits to purchase? The distillery offers these suggestions: Related Coverage
Construction work has already begun at 1615 Oak Ave. downtown, where Smylie Bros. Restaurant and Brewery is expected to open in August or September.
It’s a new day in Evanston—once a dry community and the national headquarters of the temperance movement—where a gin distillery is up and running, a bar devoted to craft beers just opened downtown and what could be the city’s first brewery is slated to open at 1615 Oak Ave. this summer. Smylie Bros. Restaurant and Brewery will serve a variety of craft beers brewed in house, as well as barbecue and wood-fired pizza, among other offerings. “Considering that Evanston was dry…it’s really the first brewery in its history, which is pretty cool,” says owner Michael Smylie. The brewpub is also the first restaurant venture for Smylie, who left a career as a commodities trader to become a chef. “It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to do …