FEW, founded in 2011, is a grain-to-glass urban distiller who make arguably some of the USA’s best Bourbon and Rye. FEW is based in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, home of the US Temperance movement. It is named, rather ironically, for Frances Elizabeth Willard, head of the Christian Women’s Temperance Movement.
Founder and distiller Paul Hletko has relentlessly pursued a new style of urban whiskey that is equal to that of his friends in Kentucky. His choice of starting a distillery in the home of Prohibition and provocatively naming it for one of the key protagonists should not be seen purely as a marketing stunt though. These are serious spirits with incredible flavour. The speciality at FEW is to add a touch more Rye than normal to their Bourbon, giving a signature spice. These spirits are in high demand, and quantities are thus very restricted.