Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The multi-award winning Koval Distillery in Chicago, has announced that it’s expanding distribution to the United Kingdom with international luxury spirits importer and exporter Emporia Brands.

Emporia Brands will be representing and distributing Koval’s unique portfolio of whiskies, including their Bourbon, Rye, and Millet expressions, all of which are single barrel bottlings, aged up to 4 years in new American Oak barrels, and certified kosher.

Koval's Bourbon, Millet and Rye whiskies

Launched in 2008 as Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s, Koval’s founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America.

Robert Birnecker, who is both the company’s CEO and Master Distiller, will travel to the UK next month, to launch a series of master classes in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. As the co-founder of Kothe Distilling Technologies, Robert has become one of America’s top distilling experts and internationally renowned consultants, educating over 2,500 aspiring distillers in the last six years alone.

Commenting on the news Robert Birnecker, said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding our international distribution efforts to the United Kingdom and look forward to working with Emporia’s innovative team.”

In addition to Koval’s portfolio of whiskies, Emporia Brands will also distribute their Dry Gin, which was a double Gold winner at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Koval’s whiskies and gin, will be available later this year from specialist retailers across the UK, including Harvey Nichols, Masters of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Royal Mile Whiskies.

Posted by Steve Rush