Soft Open to the Public!!

Barnstormer Distillery is pleased to announce that we are open to the Public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for drinks and bottle sales under the Big Top. As we prep for our Grand Opening on the weekend of 8/15, we are offering free onsite tours and tastings.

Public Hours

  • Friday 11-8
  • Saturday 11-8
  • Sunday 12-5

Private Groups

Have a group of 15-50? The Tent and Distillery are available for private Events & Tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Call us at (815) 269-4069 for details.

Under the Big Top

Our Philosophy

Our goal is not to be the biggest distillery in Illinois, it is to produce and offer for sale only great tasting and unique spirits. We believe taste should be the focus of any Craft Spirit.

Whenever possible, we source our ingredients locally. The unique and scenic Grant View Heights property produces many agricultural products, some of which are used in the production and flavorings of our spirits and cocktails. We cannot grow everything to produce spirits on our 22 Acres, but we are committed to using only the finest ingredients from small growers to create great tasting and unique spirits.

The Barnstormer Story

Barnstormers (post WWI Pilots) were the MacGyver’s of their day. With little more than the shirts on their back and a government surplus airplane, they brought aviation and often prohibition era alcohol to the general public. They did not use fancy Instruments or computers, they used their senses of sight, smell and touch to ply their craft. Because of this, their exciting and romantic lifestyle was often referred to as: innovative, adventuresome, inspirational, exploratory, and often record breaking. They were risk takers not because of some sort of death wish, but rather they wanted to live life to the fullest.

Barnstormer Distillery is carrying on that barnstorming spirit with every drop of our hand-crafted spirits. We produce our spirits using taste, smell and touch like craft should be, not a computer controlled & automated process. We believe that hands on approach and personal connection is the key to making a great spirit. We invite you to taste for yourself to see if we have met our goal.