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FEW Spirits

Evanston, Illinois, might seem like an unlikely place to open a distillery – it was founded as a dry community and was home to Women's Christian Temperance Union, instrumental in creating Prohibition. One of the most famous and infamous residents was Frances Elizabeth Willard, a founder and national president of the WCTU.

When Paul Hletko founded FEW, he named it after Willard as respectful-but-humorous homage, since he was instrumental in getting Evanston to allow distilling for the first time since prohibition. His family were famed Czech brewers before being chased out during World War I, so he quit his job as a patent lawyer to rekindle the tradition.

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