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About this project

****As a special Thank You**** 

If we meet our goal everyone who pledges will be invited to a distillery opening party! 

What is Adam Gregory Spirits?

Adam Gregory Spirits aims to be the people's distillery. We plan on initially producing whiskey and rum with other products to follow. We plan on hosting tours and tastings and we welcome you with open arms. We'll support local music, art and cultural events and be a good neighbor. We’d love for people to come in, hang out, and even help!

Background

Founder Adam Glick has been dreaming for years about getting back to basics and doing something tangible and real, to use his own hands to create a great product that people will enjoy. Every bottle, every ounce of spirits will only pass through a few sets of hands from the grain to your glass.

It’s been a long journey getting to this point. Adam and his family spent the last few years traveling and exploring, living in Virginia, spending a bit of time in Vermont, and visiting states all across the country from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. During this time, he conducted research, took classes, and visited distilleries to perfect the plans for Adam Gregory Spirits.  

It’s all led to this point.

Now that it’s time to open up and start distilling, we’ve come back home to Chicago, the city we know and love.

"tempus fugit līber esto"

The Adam Gregory Spirits motto is Latin for "time flees be free." For us this means go out and chase your dreams. That's what drives us as Adam Gregory Spirits!

What we'll make

AGS will produce a variety of spirits focusing primarily on rum and whiskey. We also intend to produce a variety of seasonal and one-off products following wherever our imagination and the ingredients take us. All of our products will be certified Kosher.

What we've already got

Our main piece of equipment, and also the most expensive, our still is waiting at the manufacturer in Kentucky. We're just finalizing the space and then she can move on home.

Pictures of our still:

The still's pot
The still's pot
The still's column
The still's column

What we still need

AGS still needs the rest of our equipment, such as fermenters, tanks, barrels, pumps, etc. We also have to do the build out on the space. That's where you come in. Any contribution moves us one step closer to our goal of getting up and running.

What we're offering

Pins, pins, and more pins...Nothing adorns backpacks, purses, or jackets better than a 1.5" pin supporting your favorite startup. Our pins are made in Chicago by another small business.

AGS pins, by Busy Beaver Button Co.
AGS pins, by Busy Beaver Button Co.

Great limited edition posters made by friends in Virginia.

Limited edition poster showing the process of making spirits, by Itty Bitty Press
Limited edition poster showing the process of making spirits, by Itty Bitty Press

 How about a great t-shirt with the signature AGS logo and our motto on  the back?

AGS t-shirt,  logo on front and our motto on back in Latin: "time flees, be free"
AGS t-shirt, logo on front and our motto on back in Latin: "time flees, be free"

  Our flask is a real piece of art made by hand right here in the USA.

Handmade in the USA copper flask, by Jacob Bromwell
Handmade in the USA copper flask, by Jacob Bromwell

 Oak barrel with your name on it, that's awesome!

Our barrel storage will be a bit smaller than the one in this pic.
Our barrel storage will be a bit smaller than the one in this pic.

How about your name laser etched in wood hanging in our distillery?

A fantastic plaque with your or an honoree's name.
A fantastic plaque with your or an honoree's name.

Be a distiller for a day!

Hang out with these guys!
Hang out with these guys!

The last 2 rewards are too amazing to illustrate. Just imagine our tasting room emblazoned with your name! Or a still named in your honor. We would say "Let's fire up good ol' [insert name here]!"

Risks and challenges

Starting any new business has its share of challenges. But starting a distillery is especially involved, with all sorts of regulations and requirements to meet.

We've spent months scoping out spaces trying to find one that fits all of our needs. Getting the right space together is complicated, requiring permits from the feds, the state, and the local authorities. It also costs lots of money. Once that's all sorted we also have to get everything built and put together.

We've done our homework and believe we know what to expect. But things always arise. We've been working hard and will continue to so that we can get Adam Gregory Spirits up and running.

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    A limited edition Adam Gregory Spirits screen printed poster illustrating the process of making spirits. Also an AGS button, a tour of the distillery, and a thank you on our website!

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    Your name on a barrel at the distillery with up to 4 others. You will be informed when your barrel is ready and receive an invite to help bottle the barrel. You can also purchase the used barrel. Plus a vote for the first product to be released, a button, a tour of the distillery, and a thank you on our website!

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    Your name on a laser-etched wood plaque on the wall of honored funders forever in the distillery tasting room! Plus a vote for the first product to be released, a t-shirt, a button, a tour of the distillery, and a thank you on our website!

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    An all copper flask handmade in the USA by Jacob Bromwell. Plus a vote for the first product to be released, a button, a tour of the distillery, and a thank you on our website!

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    Your name on your very own barrel at the distillery. Once we’re done with it, you can pick up the empty barrel and take it home. You will also be informed when your barrel of booze is ready and be invited to help bottle the barrel. All bottles generated from this barrel will have the donor's name hand written next to the barrel number. Plus, a personal preview tour of the distillery, a t-shirt, a vote for the first product to be released, a button, and a thank you on our website. Note: the barrel won’t be available until the spirit is done aging. Depending on the barrel type it could be from several months to years. But remember, the barrel is yours!
    NOTE: This is for the barrel only and not the contents.

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    Be a distiller for a day. Spend your day at the distillery making product and running the still, learning about making spirits on the still one on one. Plus a t-shirt, a vote for the first product to be released, a button, and a thank you on our website!

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    Your name on a fermentation tank, and your name on your own barrel at the distillery. Once we’re done with it, you can pick up the empty barrel and take it home. You will also be informed when your barrel of booze is ready and be invited to help bottle the barrel. Plus a t-shirt, a flask, a personal preview tour of the distillery, and a thank you on our website!

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    Our tasting room named in your honor, plus your name on your own barrel at the distillery. Once we’re done with the barrel you can pick it up and take it home. You will also be informed when your barrel of booze is ready and be invited to help bottle the barrel. Plus a flask, a t-shirt, a button, a personal preview tour of the distillery, and a thank you on our website!

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    Name our still! Also, get a flask, 2 t-shirts, 2 buttons, a personal preview tour of the distillery, and your name on your own barrel at the distillery. Once we’re done with the barrel you can pick it up and take it home. You will also be informed when your barrel of booze is ready and be invited to help bottle the barrel. And, of course, a thank you on our website!

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