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Malört Is Officially Back Home In Chicago As Production, Bottling Begins In East Pilsen

CH Distillery is making the loved — and loathed— spirit using the original recipe.

CH Distillery is producing and bottling Malort at its Pilsen facility.
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CHICAGO — After years of being produced in Florida, Jeppson’s Malört is back in Chicago.

The liqueur, a Chicago icon both beloved and hated by many, had been produced in Florida by the Carl Jeppson Company for three decades. But Malört has found its way home and is now being produced and bottled at CH Distillery in East Pilsen, 1629 S. Clinton St.

CH Distillery first announced plans to bring Malört home in October after buying Carl Jeppson Company in September. Production began recently, according to a news release.

The distillery is making the bitter wormwood liqueur using its original recipe but without artificial coloring. It plans to bring the drink to Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Kansas City this year.

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.