The New Coq d’Or Pour At The Drake Hotel

The Coq d’Or Whiskey Club Unveils New FEW™ Spirits Prohibition-Style Rye Whiskey Custom-Blended and Distilled with The Drake

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March 08, 2016

CHICAGO - On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, The Drake Hotel will kick-off the first quarter Coq d'Or Whiskey Club Members event of 2016, by unveiling the prohibition-style rye whiskey custom-blended and distilled by Paul Hletko, founder of FEWTM Spirits, in conjunction with the hotel.

The Coq d'Or played a memorable role in Chicago, becoming the second establishment in the city to serve alcohol, when it opened to a line of thirsty patrons the day after the Repeal of Prohibition on December 6, 1933. The lines were so long that the bartenders only had time to pour whiskey at 40 cents a glass. Like the rest of the city, the Coq d'Or was equipped with an excess of 200,000 gallons of whiskey for the celebration that lasted until dawn.

"Today, The Drake acquires a new notable taste with a tailored prohibition-style rye whiskey crafted by the award-winning, local master distiller and whiskey advocate, Hletko of  FEWTM Spirits," said Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel. "The collaboration between our landmark hotel and this local artisan distiller is fueled by our mutual spirit for family tradition and our desire to craft Real ChicagoTM experiences for our customers."  

As the Ambassador for the Coq d'Or's Whiskey Club Members' reception, Hletko will convey how his true grain-to-glass distillery, which ferments, distills, ages and bottles all of its products from scratch on-site, became the first (legal) alcohol production facility of any kind in Evanston, Illinois. Members will relate to his story by tasting flights of his artisan spirits commencing with The Drake Rye Whiskey made of 70 percent Midwestern rye, 20 percent local corn, 10 percent two-row malted barley and fermented with a wine yeast from France's Loire Valley. Rounding out the palate, The Drake's French Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu will prepare light hors d'oeuvres to compliment the whiskey profiles.

"As a kid, I would walk by The Drake Hotel with my grandparents and was in awe that such a place even exists.  Thus, I take great personal pride in working with these amazing professionals to create another piece of Real ChicagoTM history," said Hletko. "I am honored to bring my family traditions to the distinguished Drake and hope guests will enjoy consuming it responsibly and in moderation, as much as we enjoyed making it."

In homage to its Chicago roots, the FEWTM Spirits labels feature iconic images from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Likewise, The Drake's label designed by Tony Keller of Studio Twelve 3 with FEWTM Spirits pays honor to its heritage depicting the legendary image of the Wyvern. 

The Drake Rye Whiskey is available for purchase by the glass or bottle (46.5 percent ALC/VOL 93 Proof) in the Coq d'Or, as well as the other famed restaurants and lounges including, the nation's first seafood themed restaurant since 1933, the Cape Cod Room, and the iconic afternoon tea and evening cocktail lounge adored by royalty and global travelers alike, the Palm Court.

For more information about the Coq d'Or or to become a member of the Whiskey Club at any time on a complimentary basis, visit Members must be 21 years of age of older to join. Official Whiskey Club Members will receive a Members Card entitling them to access quarterly Whiskey Club events for a fee.  Plus, the Membership Card is applicable towards 20 percent off dining in the Coq d'Or.

For additional information about The Drake Hotel, please visit

About The Drake Hotel
For nearly a century The Drake has remained committed to preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambience. A Member of Historic Hotels of America®, the beaux-art hotel built in 1920 is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood near fine dining, shopping nightlife, entertainment, iconic attractions, and recreation. Situated where the Magnificent Mile begins along Oak Street Beach, the urban-retreat offers 535 accommodations, more than 30,000 square feet of flexible function space, famed dining facilities, and an Arcade Level of luxury retailers. For more information about The Drake Hotel visit

About FEWTM Spirits
Tucked into a tiny space in an alley adjoining the El tracks in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, FEW makes award-winning whiskies and gins loved by drinkers and bartenders alike. A true grain-to-glass distillery, FEW ferments, distills, ages, and bottles all of its products from scratch on-site. While many spirits brands source their alcohol from faceless industrial distilleries using mass-market grain, FEW is all about local. All the grain - corn, wheat, rye, and barley - used in its products is grown less than 150 miles from the distillery, and many other ingredients are sourced from even closer. FEW Spirits is the first (legal) alcohol-production facility of any kind in Evanston, a city that banned alcohol sales for four decades beyond the end of national Prohibition, despite being a college town, the home of Northwestern University. Evanston is also home to the Women's Christian Temperance Union, an organization that was instrumental in fighting for the establishment of Prohibition. It's surely a coincidence that the WCTU's co-founder and long-time president was Frances Elizabeth Willard - initials F.E.W). In homage to the distillery's Chicago roots, each label features an iconic image from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. The FEW distillery has three stills, a rarity among facilities of its size. Both whiskey and gin originate in a Vendome still used for initial distillation.


Lynda Simonetti
The Drake Hotel
+ 1 312 932 4532

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