Chicago hadn’t housed a distillery since the mid-1800s. Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker Hart wanted to change that. They opened the doors to KOVAL Distillery in 2008. It wasn't long before their unique methods garnered them swaths of awards, and KOVAL became a pillar of the craft community.
Shortly after opening KOVAL, Robert and Sonat realized they wanted to share more than just craft spirits. They wanted to help bolster the craft community. Soon, they founded a consulting firm, and together they have helped establish 190 distilleries all around the world.
KOVAL marries centuries of tradition passed down from Robert’s Austrian distilling heritage with modern technologies. The union continues to produce award-winning craft spirits. Robert distills their unique, locally sourced grains using a method known as the ‘heart cut’ approach, meaning only the purest 60% of the distillate is used in their craft spirits. And that means you get more flavor in your glass.