Cardinal Spirits

  • 922 S. Morton St.
  • Bloomington, IN 47403
  • (812) 202-6789
What: Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery. We make great spirits from local ingredients, using modern technology and traditional methods. It's a great place to take a tour and learn how craft whiskey, vodka, and gin is made. You can also spend an evening sipping incredible craft cocktails at the tasting room bar. Why: We started Cardinal Spirits to increase connections between people. Spirits make it easier to talk to strangers, friends, and family alike. Discussing things over a drink is usually a great way to have difficult conversations, and to celebrate big moments in life. To increase connections between people, you have to increase the ease of social communication. Spirits: the original Internet. We grew up after the bulk of manufacturing jobs had already left our country. Over the past few decades, we have all become less and less active with our hands. Instead, we focused on comfort, commercialism, and convenience. This is not sustainable. The word manufacture is from the Latin "manu factum": made by hand. That's what we were craving - being able to hold something in our hands and say "I made this from scratch, and it's amazing." We wanted to create a business that puts people over profits. We wanted to build a place where people enjoy coming to work, where days are fulfilling and meaningful, and where creativity is valued. We believe in continuing education for our staff, and incentivize them with raises to attend internal training events and read books that we keep in our house library.