Koval was the first new Chicago distillery since the mid-1800s. The name Koval means ‘blacksmith’ in several Eastern European languages; in Yiddish it indicates someone who forges ahead or does something new or original. This is what Robert and Sonat Birnecker did when they founded Koval.
Koval from the outset was conceived as an organic spirit. The grain-to-bottle mentality meant contracting local farmers to grow the grain, on-site milling and mashing, distilling, bottling and packaging. The focus has been on the quality ‘heart’ of the cut or distillation and ‘single cask’ expressions aged in 30 gallon charred casks. All Koval spirits can be traced back to a single cask (barrel) numbered accordingly. Meaning that Koval make some of the most unique whiskey in America.