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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!
Jul
18
Jul 22

Cardinal Spirits Kitchen - Now Open!

  • Cardinal Spirits

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!

Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Jul
21
Jul 23

Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Cardinal Spirits

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

Brunch with La Poblana
Jul
22
Jul 23

Brunch with La Poblana

  • Cardinal Spirits

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. 

#tikituesday
Jul
25
4:00 pm16:00

#tikituesday

  • Cardinal Spirits

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.

High Proof Laughs
Jul
31
8:00 pm20:00

High Proof Laughs

  • Cardinal Spirits

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.

#tikituesday
Aug
1
4:00 pm16:00

#tikituesday

  • Cardinal Spirits

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.

#tikituesday
Aug
8
4:00 pm16:00

#tikituesday

  • Cardinal Spirits

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.

Game Night
Aug
14
7:00 pm19:00

Game Night

  • Cardinal Spirits

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.


#tikituesday
Jul
18
4:00 pm16:00

#tikituesday

  • Cardinal Spirits

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.

Community Kitchen Brunch
Jul
16
11:00 am11:00

Community Kitchen Brunch

  • The Community Kitchen

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

Carmel Art of Wine Fair
Jul
15
5:00 pm17:00

Carmel Art of Wine Fair

  • Carmel Arts and Design District

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. 

Edible Lotus
Jul
13
6:00 pm18:00

Edible Lotus

  • Deer Park Manor

We love helping a good cause, like Edible Lotus! Join us at Deer Park Manor for this very special event catered by our friends at Plated Table. Cardinal Spirits cocktails will be available while you make your silent auction bids and enjoy your dinner. 

Closed For July 4th
Jul
4
4:00 pm16:00

Closed For July 4th

  • Cardinal Spirits

Cardinal Spirits will be closed on July 4th. Don't forget to stop in the weekend before to pick up all the carryout spirits you need for the holiday! 

Paired Dinner at The Story Inn
Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

Paired Dinner at The Story Inn

  • 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. 

Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
30
6:30 pm18:30

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

  • 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!

Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

  • 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!

NYC spirit tasting at La Boîte
Jun
26
3:00 pm15:00

NYC spirit tasting at La Boîte

  • La Boite NY

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

Red, White, & Booze Tasting @ Varsity Liquors
Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

Red, White, & Booze Tasting @ Varsity Liquors

  • Varsity Liquors

Meet us out at Varsity Liquors on Green River Road in Evansville for spirit samples and mini summer cocktail samples! We're featuring our newest (and very limited) seasonal release of Honey Schnapps, come give it a taste!  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!

Tasting @ Sunrise Liquors for Sommerfest
Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

Tasting @ Sunrise Liquors for Sommerfest

  • Sunrise Liquors

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! 

Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
16
6:30 pm18:30

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

  • 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!

Tasting @ Liquor Locker
Jun
14
6:30 pm18:30

Tasting @ Liquor Locker

  • 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!

Wine for Wheels
Jun
10
4:00 pm16:00

Wine for Wheels

  • Knights of Columbus

Cardinal Spirits is taking part in the first Wine for Wheels event in Greensburg to help benefit Meals of Wheels through wine and spirits! Come enjoy samples, cocktails by the glass, and carry out bottle sales! 

Spencer Pride Festival
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Spencer Pride Festival

  • Spencer Pride

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!

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

Best. Spirit. Ever. at City Wide Liquors

  • 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.

Tiki Takeover at the Story Inn
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Tiki Takeover at the Story Inn

  • 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!

Cardinal Spirits at Bar Rev in Greenwood
May
19
6:00 pm18:00

Cardinal Spirits at Bar Rev in Greenwood

  • Bar Rev

Come visit Cardinal Spirits at Bar Rev in Greenwood on Friday from 6-9. We'll be on the patio with spirit samples and giveaways while supplies last! Andrew Braxton will be playing keyboards and Bar Rev will be serving up some Cardinal cocktail specials, the Handsome Devil and Bramble Lemonade, yum!! 

See you there! 

New Spirit Release: Honey Schnapps
May
19
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!

Cocktail Class: Honey Schnapps
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Cocktail Class: Honey Schnapps

  • Cardinal Spirits

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!

Story Inn - Indiana Wine Fair
May
13
1:00 pm13:00

Story Inn - Indiana Wine Fair

  • Story Inn

Join Cardinal Spirits as we add a splash of high proof fun at the Indiana Wine Fair at the Story Inn! We'll be on site with cocktails and bottles available for purchase. 

"Tickets for the 15th annual Indiana Wine Fair are now on sale!

After a record breaking number of attendees last year (6000+) and poor weather, we’ve made some necessary changes to this year’s event in order to create an enjoyable atmosphere for all of our guests, and hopefully stay dry. The 2017 Indiana Wine Fair will take place on Saturday May 13th from 1-7pm. You’ll be able to sample and purchase wines from over 30 of the states vintners. Additions to this year’s event include a variety of food trucks, and live chamber music from IU’s school of music. Parking is free, and carpooling is recommended. All guests will receive a souvenir IWF Tasting Glass. Tickets will be limited, pre-sold ONLY, and NOT available at the gate. The cost is $60, however as a holiday special they’ll be discounted to $45 until January 1st. Designated driver tickets are $10. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit:www.indianawinefair.com "

Live Radio Remote at Pizza Chef
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Live Radio Remote at Pizza Chef

  • Pizza Chef

Come hang out with Cardinal at Pizza Chef's live radio remote! Pizza Chef says it best... 
"We will be hosting a live radio remote with giveaways. Cardinal spirits will be stopping in to pour some samples of their line of liquor. They will be mixing up some small samples of the mixed drinks we have to offer and maybe even some new ones. They will also be giving away some free swag! We will also have acoustic music brought to you by Shawn Brashear. It is a family friendly event and we can't wait to spend the evening with you. Don't forget the buffet will be up and going during this time as well!"

Big Red Tasting
Apr
28
5:00 pm17:00

Big Red Tasting

  • Big Red LIquors

Hey Indy folks! Meet us out at Big Red Liquors Downtown for samples, mini cocktails, and special giveaways. We'll be hanging out from 5-7, come say hi, and #findyourspirit!

Sip & Sign with Nancy Hiller
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Sip & Sign with Nancy Hiller

Join our friend and Bloomington treasure Nancy Hiller on the patio for cocktails — she'll sell and sign copies of her latest book, "Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker's Life." 

Nancy is a custom cabinet and furniture maker, and owner of NR Hiller Design, Inc. She's known for her uncompromising craftsmanship and many of us here at Cardinal have been longtime fans of hers. Plus, she's a total hoot to talk to. 

More about her book:
"Honest, earthy, and wryly humorous, this collection of tales drawn from more than 30 years of experience at shops in England and the United States is thought provoking as well as entertaining. We follow Hiller as she stumbles into furniture making after dropping out of Cambridge University, finds employment in one, then another, English workshop, grapples with monotony, sexism, and self-doubt, attempts escape, and eventually makes peace with her vocation."

Business After Hours at Primetime
Apr
19
5:00 pm17:00

Business After Hours at Primetime

  • Monroe County Fairgrounds

Visit Cardinal Spirits during the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours event! Enjoy cocktails from us with all the delicious BBQ you'll be eating. Did we mention it's also a BBQ contest? See you there