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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States


Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indiana that specializes in producing extraordinary spirits from local ingredients.  

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We're making whiskey

Erica Sagon

A copper ladleful of wash.

A copper ladleful of wash.

By far, the question we get asked most is: When will Cardinal make whiskey?

Usually we say: Soon. 

Today we say: Now!

Last week, we started making our first bourbon using entirely Indiana-grown corn, barley, wheat and rye. We've waited a really long time for this.

This is us loading 1,850 pounds of grain into our cooker, Dolly (as in Parton), one 50-pound bag at a time.


The cooked grain fermented over the weekend, and we'll distill it and barrel it this week, divvying it among a dozen new American oak barrels that are 20 gallons each.

Here, take a look inside the tank. That's the wash bubbling as it ferments. It doesn't look pretty, but, oh that smell. And the sound. Yes, it's our new favorite sound.