Established in 2008, Koval produces organic whiskey and gin in Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert's Austrian family to America. In making this decision, they vowed to make organic spirits from scratch (avoiding the common industry practice of purchasing and bottling pre-made spirits) and to change the way people understand whiskey by creating a new, signature style - using only the "heart" cut of the distillate - affording a cleaner take on whiskey.
Each step of the spirit-making process is thoughtfully monitored: beginning with contracting local farmers to grow the grain, to on-site milling and mashing, and finally to distilling and bottling. Koval has grown to be one of America's leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers.