Our Distillery Story
Taking advantage of newly legislated Illinois Craft Distillery laws, Jose Hernandez, an architect, and Fred Robinson, a PGA Golf Professional, set out in the summer of 2012 to create their own unique, high-quality spirits. Starting from scratch, using a 13 gallon stainless steel still, each batch seemed to get better than the prior one. After many attempts, Jose created a bourbon whiskey and two gin recipes that had their friends and family singing his praises. The rest, they say, is history.
The name Copper Fiddle:
Copper Fiddle Distillery uses a handmade copper pot to distill all their spirits.
“Fiddle” was from a family heirloom violin made in Chicago in 1906. As the violin improved with each passing year, so will the taste and smoothness of our bourbon whiskey.
We look forward to having you visit and support our small, locally owned business in Lake Zurich, Illinois. We are your local craft distiller that sources grains from the Midwest and uses equipment made in the U.S.A. All of our spirits are handmade; grain to bottle, at our facility in Lake Zurich, IL.