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Rush Creek Distilling

1501 W Diggins St, Harvard, IL 60033


You've had 'farm to fork' - now try 'grain to glass.' When you visit Rush Creek Distilling, you'll probably drive right by some of the fields where local farmers grow the corn, wheat, and rye that go into the craft spirits you're about to enjoy.

As with any craft product, decisions made at every stage of the process affect the characteristics and quality of the final product. The first two decisions in distilling involve barrels and grains. The virgin white oak barrels (burnt on the inside for bourbon and rye) and large containers full of clean, sorted grain fresh off the farm, and are two of the things that affect the taste of the contents in the glass you're about to raise. 

Rush Creek's website, tells the story of four locals having a few at a tavern talking about a new venture. Something unexpected and seriously fun. It would be a distillery dedicated to genuine craftmanship and an asset to the community. Their motto is, "make it right or don't made it at all." These for guys are Mark Stricker, Jay Nolan, Jeff McCarthy, and Todd Stricker. 

After taking part in a tour, enjoy a variety of live music, food trucks, and other fun events happening each weekend. Details on these events can be found on their website and Facebook page. 

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