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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 for brunch!
Sep
5
to Sep 30

Cardinal Spirits Kitchen - Now open for brunch!

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. As of 9/9 we will begin serving brunch in addition to our dinner menu, join us every Saturday and Sunday from 10a-2p and enjoy your brunch with the finest spirits Bloomington has to offer.

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

Sunday from 4-9p
Brunch
Saturday-Sunday 10a-2p

 

Check out our menu!

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Valencia Release
Oct
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Valencia Release

Join us on October 20th for the release of our newest spirit, Valencia. Valencia is a beautiful, natural triple sec for cocktailing that we make with both dried and fresh orange peels to capture the sweet, bitter and fragrant character of citrus.

Categorized within the orange liqueur family, triple sec is a clear, semi-sweet orange-flavored liqueur typically made from the peel of sweet and bitter oranges. Popular brands of orange liqueur include Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Pierre Ferrand, and Marie Brizard.

Getting this spirit ready for you took months of research, development, and cocktails. First, we steeped two kinds of dry orange peel (Spanish sweet oranges and Haitian bitter oranges) in our Tiki Rum for three weeks. After that, we redistilled the infusion, adding freshly zested organic orange peel to the still’s steam baskets to infuse even more orange character into the distilled product. From there, we added simple syrup to reach our desired proof (80 proof, 40% alcohol by volume).

As always, we used entirely natural ingredients to make Valencia, never any flavor extracts or coloring. The base of the spirit is our Tiki Rum, one of the highest rated light craft rums in the country (92 points from Wine Enthusiast).

While Valencia can be enjoyed neat as a digestif or on the rocks, it is most often used as an ingredient in a wide range of cocktails, including the margarita, Cosmopolitan, Sidecar (or its modern riff, the Cable Car), Mai Tai, Kamikaze, Knickerbocker, Beachcomber, etc.

Come by the distillery for a sample and cocktail. We'll have bottles for carryout sales so you can mix up your favorite drinks at home!

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Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Oct
20
to Oct 22

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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#tikituesday
Oct
24
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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Woof, Purr & Wags at The Story Inn
Oct
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Woof, Purr & Wags at The Story Inn

We're partnering with the Tony Stewart Foundation, The Story Inn, and the Brown County Humane Society to bring you a very special event!

"Come! Sit! and Stay as Executive Chef Eric Swanson treats our special guests to an exclusive five-course farm-to-table dinner. Set at the historic Story Inn, the meal will be paired with Indiana craft beers compliments of Quaff On! Brewing Company.
WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017 / Cocktails & Conversation 7:00 pm / Dinner 7:30 to 9:30 pm
WHERE: The Story Inn located 10 miles southeast of Nashville, Indiana
DONATION: $135 per guest includes cocktails compliments of Cardinal Spirits, dinner, beer pairings, gratuity and a "Wag Bag" loaded with goodies for the family pet(s).
LIMITED SEATING: Only 80 tickets available.
MENU: Will be announced in late September based on ingredients' availability and seasonality."

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Halloween Costume Contest
Oct
28
9:00pm 9:00pm

Halloween Costume Contest

Come early to haunt the bar, enjoy punch specials, and have your photo taken for our People's Choice Winner. All photos will be posted to social media and our audience will pick the winner through likes and hearts. The top costumes will participate in a walk off (Zoolander style) at 10:30 to decide the competition. You must be present to win! 

Categories include:
Scariest Costume
Most Creative
Most Obscure
People's Choice
Best Overall Costume
Best Couple

Winners will receive a special golden pumpkin award and prize package

We'll be offering a dessert bar with all the Halloween snacks you want as an adult but are too embarrassed to admit. #trickortreatyoself

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#tikituesday
Oct
31
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
Nov
7
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
Nov
13
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
Oct
17
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 @ Winetree East
Sep
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Tasting @ Winetree East

Meet us out at Winetree East 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 @ Liquor Locker
Sep
22
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 @ Liquor Locker
Sep
16
4:00pm 4:00pm

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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Tasting @ Kwik Liquor
Sep
9
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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Brunch with La Poblana
Sep
2
to Sep 3

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 @ 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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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 @ 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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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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