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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.  

Distillery Events

Here's what's happening in and around the distillery. We run tours every weekend. If you want to host a private or public event with us, get started here!

 

Cardinal Spirits Kitchen - Now Open!
Aug
15
to Aug 19

Cardinal Spirits Kitchen - Now Open!

We are excited to announce that our kitchen is now open! Executive Chef Dean Wirkerman and his team have put together a menu that is seasonal, shareable, made from scratch, and compliments our cocktails. We invite you to come in and try it for yourself. Better yet, bring some friends because the menu is designed for sharing an assortment of our snacks and starters. Ask your server what their favorite cocktail pairings are, they won't steer you wrong! 

Kitchen Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 4-9p
Friday-Saturday from 4-10p

Check out our menu!

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Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Aug
18
to Aug 20

Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Join us every weekend for a tour and get an exclusive taste of how we make our spirits! We'll walk you through our process; from fresh ingredients and local grain to one of a kind whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and liqueurs. 

Please note that tours are booked online in advance. 

Standard Tour (Saturday - Sunday 1 & 2pm)  - Includes a 45 minute in-depth tour, cocktail of your choice, and sampling of our full product line. $10.00
Book a Standard Tour

VIP Tour (Fridays at 4 , Saturday - Sunday 3pm) - Includes a one hour in-depth tour, cocktail of your choice, sampling of our full product line and specialty research projects, and a bottle of your favorite Cardinal Spirits product! $42.00
Book a VIP Tour

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Brunch with La Poblana
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Brunch with La Poblana

We may have built a kitchen, but we still love some La Poblana Brunch! Brunch starts at 10am on Saturday and Sunday and runs till 2pm. Scotch eggs + biscuits & chorizo gravy + diner classics + Mexican breakfast. You just order from the food truck and they bring it right to your table inside our tasting room bar while you enjoy a housemade Bloody Mary, spiked coffee, or other brunch cocktail from our specialty menu. 

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Aug
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on First Ave in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktails! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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#tikituesday
Aug
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Aug
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on University Drive in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktails! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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Tasting @ Kwik Liquor
Aug
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tasting @ Kwik Liquor

Meet us out at Kwik Liquor on Green River Road in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktails! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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#tikituesday
Aug
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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#tikituesday
Sep
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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Game Night
Sep
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Game Night

Get ready for Cardinal game night, guest hosted by our resident dungeon master Mike Trotzke.

Want to move pieces around on boards while consuming tasty beverages? No matter if you're new to board gaming or already a full on geek, we're here for you.

Board game night at Cardinal Spirts takes place the second Monday of the month at the distillery. We play some of the top-selling, best-time-having hobby board games of all time. Don't know how to play? We're glad to teach.

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#tikituesday
Aug
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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Tasting @ Varsity Liquors
Aug
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Varsity Liquors

Meet us out at Varsity Liquors on Green River Road in Evansville for spirit samples and mini summer cocktail samples! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Aug
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on Morgan Ave in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktails! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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Bourbon Release
Aug
11
12:00pm12:00pm

Bourbon Release

Bourbon Release! Friday, August 11th starting at noon till it's sold out! 

Are you ready? Because our next Bourbon is about to be released! This year we are proud to offer you a delicious 2 year straight bourbon. We make our bourbon using 100% Indiana corn, wheat, barley, and rye. And if we do say so ourselves, this is the finest batch that we have ever made. 

We are bottling nearly 200 375ml bottles and they will retail from the distillery at $42.00 each. Limit one bottle per person, please. 

We will be distributing this product to select locations around Indiana but this will be your first chance to buy it in Bloomington, mark your calendars, y'all!

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Bourbon Church
Aug
6
10:00am10:00am

Bourbon Church

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. So join us on Sunday, August 6th as we attempt to establish a new religion based on the act of making of bourbon whiskey. At the very least, we will make some bourbon whiskey.

Includes one cocktail, one bottle of Cardinal Spirits Straight Bourbon (to be picked up on release day the following week), and snacks.

We are inviting 25 people into the distillery to help us make a batch of bourbon! You and 24 lucky guests will:
Learn about the different types of grains in a bourbon.
Assist in adding those grains to the mash tun
Learn about the step mashing process
Watch starch converted into sugars
Learn about barrel aging
Learn about the different steps of distillation

The cost of this event in $100 and you can sign up online here! 

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Tasting @ Northside Liquors
Aug
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Tasting @ Northside Liquors

Meet us out at Northside Liquor on N Governor St in Evansville for spirit samples! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Aug
4
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on St Joe Ave in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktails! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. Nathan Simon; Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent will be there to help you select the perfect bottle to take home with you.  See you there!

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High Proof Laughs
Jul
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

High Proof Laughs

Limestone Comedy Festival and Cardinal Spirits present live comedy at the distillery featuring emcee Mat Alano-Martin!

Live with David Britton, Aaron Nadell, Mo Mitchell, and Jesse Bush. $5 cash donation at the door to benefit Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. Limited seating available. Doors close when the show starts! 21+ only please.

David Britton - David grew up watching Marx Brothers movies (which his mother loved) and Mystery Science Theater (which his mother hated). He was the winner of the 2014 and 2015 Funniest Person in Bloomington contest and a finalist in the 2015 and 2016 Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest. When he's not writing or performing comedy he has very little idea what to do with himself. He is the also the co-host of History Bluffs a podcast which features comedians portraying famous dead people.

Aaron Nadell - A regular at The Comedy Attic, Aaron has been called a "slave to the bitch-goddess comedy," by Emo Phillips and a "dumpster diving asshole," by John Dore. His growing list of festival credits includes The Limestone Comedy Festival (IN), The Cleveland Comedy Festival (OH), Gilda's LaughFest (MI), The Arch City Comedy Festival (OH), the Big Pine Comedy Festival (AZ) and The Green Gravel Comedy Festival (IA).

Mo Mitchell - Mo Mitchell started her stand up comedy journey fresh out of high school at the tender age of 18. Now at a weathered 22, she continues that journey. She's a 3 time member of the illustrious Blooming10 in the Limestone Comedy Festival, a regular performer at the world renown Comedy Attic, and has only cried on stage once in four years. She needs this more than you do.

Jesse Bush - Jesse Bush is a comedian currently residing in Bloomington, Indiana. He has performed his unique style of comedy across the Midwest for plenty of unsuspecting patrons of various bars and cafes. Jesse has also appeared in the Limestone Comedy Festival, and can be seen regularly at The Comedy Attic in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Community Kitchen Brunch
Jul
16
11:00am11:00am

Community Kitchen Brunch

Cardinal Spirits is proud to partner with the Community Kitchen at their seasonal brunches. On average these events raise enough funds to supply hungry kids with 5000 meals! No only are you doing something good by attending but you'll be eating and drinking like royalty! 

More info and tickets here

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Carmel Art of Wine Fair
Jul
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Carmel Art of Wine Fair

This year Carmel's Art of Wine event is opening to spirits!!!! Why is that so exciting you ask? Because we'll be there sampling our spirits, selling bottles, and a special signature cocktail! Enjoy strolling through the Arts and Design District while eating and drinking wonderful things and listening to great music. It'll be a fun night, make sure to stop by for a carry-out bottle of Cardinal Spirits so you have a momento of your happy time. 

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Paired Dinner at The Story Inn
Jun
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Paired Dinner at The Story Inn

Cardinal Spirits and The Story Inn are partnering up to present you a delicious paired dinner! Come enjoy dishes prepared by Story's own Chef Eric with cocktails expertly paired by Cardinal Spirits bartender Kevin Hinkle. Weather permitting this is rumored to be happening out of the Story grounds in a very special location, you won't want to miss it!

Visit the Story Inn website for more info and tickets. 

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on University Drive in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktail samples! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. You'll even have a chance to buy our Indiana Cocktail Recipes book and have it signed by Nathan Simon; book contributor, Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent. See you there!

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NYC spirit tasting at La Boîte
Jun
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

NYC spirit tasting at La Boîte

NYC pals, we're headed your way! You're invited to our spirit tasting at La Boite NY to celebrate the launch of our award-winning Terra Botanical Gin in NYC. We made Terra with the legendary La Boite spice shop, and we're grateful that they are opening their doors for this event. Join Cardinal Spirits co-founder Adam Quirk and La Boite founder Lior Lev Sercarz to try Terra and a few of our other spirits that we are launching in NYC - RSVP to info@laboiteny.com

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Tasting @ Sunrise Liquors for Sommerfest
Jun
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tasting @ Sunrise Liquors for Sommerfest

Sommerfest is happening in Haubstadt from Thursday-Saturday and Cardinal Spirits will be tasting Tiki Rum, Lake House Spiced Rum, Bramble, and Terra Botanical Gin at Sunrise Liquors on Saturday. Come try our spirits straight up or in a mini mixed cocktail. Nathan Simon will be there signing and selling cocktail books, join us in the fun! 

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on First Ave in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktail samples! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. You'll even have a chance to buy our Indiana Cocktail Recipes book and have it signed by Nathan Simon; book contributor, Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent. See you there!

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Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

Meet us out at Liquor Locker on Morgan Ave in Evansville for spirit samples and mini cocktail samples! We'll be giving away swag and talking all things Cardinal Spirits. You'll even have a chance to buy our Indiana Cocktail Recipes book and have it signed by Nathan Simon; book contributor, Evansville bartender, Cardinal Spirits Ambassador, and stand up gent. See you there!

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Spencer Pride Festival
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

Spencer Pride Festival

Cardinal Spirits is proud to be a part of Spencer Pride! Pride is doing something new this year... a Pride Lounge right on the square exclusively featuring Cardinal Spirits! You'll be able to enjoy cocktails from the lounge all day while taking in the festivities. Proceeds from every cocktail will benefit Spencer Pride and you'll also be able to purchase bottles of Pride Vodka to benefit them as well!

To keep this event family friendly cocktails must stay in the lounge area and no one under 21 will be permitted. See you there!

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Best. Spirit. Ever. at City Wide Liquors
May
31
to Jun 1

Best. Spirit. Ever. at City Wide Liquors

In the theme of Best. Wednesday. Ever City Wide Liquors and Cardinal Spirits bring you the Best. Spirit. Ever. Join us Downtown South Bend at City Wide Liquors for a friendly cocktail competition between downtown bartenders with proceeds going to charity. 

6-7pm Wednesday, May 31st will see Vegetable Buddies and McCormick's opposing each other
•6-7pm Thursday, June 1st will have The Exchange and Café Navarre matching strengths

Come by and try a custom cocktail, and use tickets to vote for your favorite! Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charity of the bartender's choosing.

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Tiki Takeover at the Story Inn
May
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tiki Takeover at the Story Inn

It's a tiki party at the Story Inn! Join us in the fun!! 

"We are excited to be partnering with Cardinal Spirits for this fun and tropical night. We will be featuring 5 tiki cocktail recipes from Cardinal Spirits. These tiki drinks are a wonderful part of cocktail culture and are as eye catching as they are delicious. Drinks will be $7 each. 

Along with the tiki cocktails, we will also have free samples, Hawaiin snacks, some fun giveaways, and festive leis to get you in the tropical spirit."

More info here!

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New Spirit Release: Honey Schnapps
May
19
to May 21

New Spirit Release: Honey Schnapps

Join us for the release of our newest spirit: Honey Schnapps — a celebration of honeybees!

Bottle sales, samples and special cocktails all weekend long.

Our Honey Schnapps is distilled and sweetened entirely with raw Indiana honey harvested from our co-founder’s family hives, and fermented with yeast grabbed off of bees themselves that live on our distillery roof. 

Yes — made of honey, with yeast from honeybees’ bodies — bees just give and give and give.

Our bartenders use honey in cocktails often, but rarely do you see this liquid gold being distilled. But, after a huge, healthy harvest from our co-founder’s family hives left us with so much more than we’d ever need for cocktails, we wondered: could we use it to make a spirit?

The answer is yes, and this is it!

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Cocktail Class: Honey Schnapps
May
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cocktail Class: Honey Schnapps

Learn how to make amazing cocktails with our newest spirit, Honey Schnapps!

Our co-founder
Adam Quirk will lead this class and share how we made this fascinating spirit. You'll leave a more educated drinker, with ideas for making stellar cocktails at home for your friends and family. You'll also get a change to purchase a bottle of this spirit before it goes on to sale to the public.

Our Honey Schnapps is distilled and sweetened entirely with raw Indiana honey harvested from Adam's family hives in the Fort Wayne area, and fermented with yeast grabbed off of bees themselves that live on our distillery roof. Bees! They just give and give and give. 

Our bartenders use honey in cocktails often, but rarely do you see this liquid gold being distilled. But, after a huge, healthy harvest from Adam's family hives left us with so much more than we’d ever need for cocktails, we wondered, could we use it to make a spirit?

The answer is yes, and this spirit is it!

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