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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States

812-202-6789

Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indiana that specializes in producing extraordinary spirits from local ingredients.  

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About Us

Cardinal Spirits is an Indiana craft distillery in Bloomington
makers of high quality whiskey, gin, vodka, rum and liqueurs

Gimme an overview

  • Just like craft breweries in the early 1980’s, there is a movement of quality craft distilleries opening in America, and a desire for locally produced food and drink in general.
  • We brought the production of high quality spirits to downtown Bloomington, where we create great jobs and support our community.
  • The founders of Cardinal Spirits started the company because of a shared passion for craft spirits and American manufacturing. They also wanted to create meaningful employment for themselves and others - a place that values entrepreneurial thinking and encourages creativity at every level.
  • We distill premium spirits using the highest quality ingredients, and we source local ingredients whenever possible. All parts of the distilling process — from fermentation to mashing to aging to bottling — happen on-site.
  • Since its opening in Feb. 2015, we distilled 12 spirits and 4,000 cases, more than any other craft distillery in Indiana in 2015
  • We distilled Indiana's first craft Single Malt Whiskey, using malted barley from Sugar Creek Malt Co. in Lebanon, Ind.
  • Our spirits are distributed to over 200 placements in Indiana, including major grocery and liquor store chains, plus top restaurants, bars, and independent retailers.

 

WHY A DISTILLERY?

When someone asks us why we started a distillery, it's hard to answer in less than five minutes. To understand our underlying goals at Cardinal Spirits you have to dive a little deeper than what you might expect. We'd really rather you come in and talk to us about this stuff - one of the owners is at the distillery almost every day of the week. Our staff is totally on board with all of this too, so you can pretty much ask anyone here about what's going on. We'll try not to sound too pretentious.

HERE ARE A FEW KEY POINTS... 

  1. We started Cardinal Spirits to increase connections between people. Spirits make it easier to talk to strangers, friends, and family alike. Discussing things over a drink is usually a great way to have difficult conversations, and to celebrate big moments in life. To increase connections between people, you have to increase the ease of social communication. Spirits: the original Internet.
     
  2. We grew up after the bulk of manufacturing jobs had already left our country. Over the past few decades, we have all become less and less active with our hands. Instead, we focused on comfort, commercialism, and convenience. This is not sustainable. The word manufacture is from the Latin "manu factum": made by hand. That's what we were craving - being able to hold something in our hands and say "I made this from scratch, and it's amazing".
     
  3. We wanted to create a business that puts people over profits. We wanted to build a place where people enjoy coming to work, where days are fulfilling and meaningful, and where creativity is valued. We believe in continuing education for our staff, and incentivize them with raises to attend internal training events and read books that we keep in our house library.
The best innovations — both socially and economically — come from the pursuit of ideals that are noble and timeless: joy, wisdom, beauty, truth, equality, community, sustainability and, most of all, love. These are the things we live for, and the innovations that really make a difference are the ones that are life-enhancing. And that’s why the heart of innovation is a desire to re-enchant the world.
— Gary Hamel

Ourselves

Not pictured yet:

  • Amber Steinike, Northern Indiana Market Manager
  • Nathan Simon, Southern Indiana Market Manager
  • Gabe Garber, Distillery Production
  • Julie Katz, Bookkeeper
  • Erica Sagon, Marketing and Content Director
  • Cassie Morris, Marketing Intern
  • Kyle Schnell, Finance Intern
  • Betsy Tao, Finance Intern
  • David Fenner, Service
  • Emily Darnell, Bartender
  • Dean Wirkerman, Executive Chef
  • Robyn Wirkerman, General Manager
  • and more and more...
  • Interested in joining our team? We're hiring: cardinalspirits.com/careers

Founders

We started this thing, but our team makes everything happen.

Adam Quirk is in charge of strategy.

He's a big fan of

He drinks

He eats

He listens to

He travels by

I'm socially available at

 

the internet, the forest, the trees, people

gin, herbal cocktails, iced coffee, your milkshake

real food, not too much of it, lots of olives

advice, The Shins, the sound of the road

Birkenstocks or boots

@quirk, instagram, tumblr, linkedin 


Jeff Wuslich is in charge of operations.

He's a big fan of

He drinks

He eats

He listens to

He travels by

He's socially available at

 

candy

whiskey, gin, water

BBQ

podcasts

my bike (Rivendell Homer Hilsen) 

@jwuslich, linkedin

 


Jason Katz is in charge of finances.

He's a big fan of

He drinks

He eats

He listens to

He travels by

He's socially available at

IUBB, Cubs, golf, and creating insane spreadsheets

Bell's beer and whatever Adam and Rick make

fresh, local food, and anything my wife makes

Darius Rucker, Zac Brown, and funny talk radio

vintage 2004 Saturn Vue...yeah, you're jealous

LinkedIn 


Rick Dietz helped Cardinal Spirits plan its opening.