A gang of industry iconoclasts - Letherbee Distillers - came together through a twist of fate, punk shows, and latenight drinking at local dives. Rewind to 2007: Brenton Engel is cooking moonshine in his basement. Two years later, his „Illinois Joy” moonshine would create a cult following outside neighborhood bars and with various kitchen staffs across the city. Brent soon starts bar tending and affiliating with some of Chicago’s most experienced cocktaileurs and bartenderwildmen, who would soon team up with Brent to become Letherbee Distillers.

With absolutely no influence from outside investors or marketers, Letherbee’s level of authenticity is second to none. The iconic minimalistic design is not intentionally contemporary, the main thought behind it was that the bottle is an afterthought - a reduction of everything to keep the focus on the product. Which is aff ordable, high quality gin which should be poured in the best bars and restaurants.

Photography Stefan Dotter,
Whitelies Agency