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Jeppson’s Malört Is Coming Home To Chicago

CH Distillery announced its plans to begin production and bottling of the liqueur at its East Pilsen facility next year.

CH Distillery is producing and bottling Malort at its Pilsen facility.
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EAST PILSEN — After years of being produced in Florida, Jeppson’s Malört production is returning to its home city.

CH Distillery announced its acquisition of the Carl Jeppson Company, and its plan to bring production of the bitter wormwood liqueur back to Chicago late last week.

The East Pilsen distillery at 1629 S. Clinton St., which currently produces organic vodka, organic gin and other spirits, will begin in-house production and bottling of Malört in 2019.

“We love/hate Malort as only Chicagoans can and look forward to celebrating its heritage and true Chicago roots for many years to come,” said Tremaine Atkinson, CH Distillery’s owner and head distiller. 

The Chicago Tribune first reported the news of CH Distillery’s acquisition Friday.

In 1934, the loved — and loathed— spirit was born when Swedish immigrant Carl Jeppson created a beskbrännvin recipe, a popular Swedish herbal aperitif. The Chicago resident sold the spirit door to door during the Prohibition as a “medicinal alcohol.”

After the original distillery closed in the ’80s, production of Malört was moved to Florida.

West Loop-based CH Distillery opened its 50,000-square-foot distillery on the old Schoenhofen Brewery campus in 2017.