Crafthouse Cocktails

About

 

Our Vision

Create a line of authentic classic cocktails that taste freshly made from a high-end cocktail bar. These drinks were not created in the boardroom, but instead come from people who have dedicated their life to hospitality, the study of spirits and the history and art of bartending.

Our Philosophy

Only put ingredients into our cocktails that we would be proud of. 

Therefore, you will NEVER find:

  1. Anything Artificial (colors, flavors, sugars or preservatives)

  2. Low grade alcohol (Malt, Grain Neutral Spirits)

  3. Stagnant ABV% (different cocktails should = different alcohol percentages)

At Crafthouse we use high quality true base spirits and only all-natural ingredients. This attention to detail isn’t the norm and costs a bit more, but we’re sure you will agree the difference is astounding and well worth it.

 

Our Founders

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Matt Lindner has been in the food and beverage industry since serving yogurt when he was 15 years old.  He opened his first bar, “Birds Nest” in Chicago October 20th, 1995 at the age of 23.  At the time he literally lived there and acted as the bartender, cleaning crew and cook.  Since then he has gone on to open 14 other venues of all shapes and sizes.  He considers himself a service industry junkie and totally understands customers and their needs.  Matt was always on the forefront of trends, most notably Cans Bar and Canteen in 2001 (canned beer), Salud Tequila Lounge in 2003 (100% Agave tequila lounge) and the Drawing Room in 2007 (Classic and crafted cocktails).  Some of his personal accomplishments include being a panel speaker for Taste Talks for how to commercialize your passion and being featured in book Starting from Scratch: Secrets from 22 ordinary people who made the entrepreneurial leap by Wes Moss.  His bar and restaurant concepts have achieved accolades including being named Bar and Nightclub Magazine venue of the year (Drawing Room), Concierge Preferred most recommended venue (Back Room) and Daily Meal top 25 best wings in America (Bird’s Nest).  When Matt isn’t working he is spending time with his wife, two kids and two rescued dogs. 

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Charles Joly is an 11 year veteran of the United States Bartender’s Guild and his career has risen quickly in the national and international mixology scene with a long list of competition wins and industry awards. In 2014, Charles was named Global Bartending Champion in Diageo's World Class Competition – one of the industry's most prestigious awards. His other accolades include a 2013 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program at The Aviary, James Beard Award nominations in 2015 - 2018 for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, and he was named American Bartender of the Year in 2013 at the annual Tales of the Cocktail. Additionally. Charles has received much industry praise, being named one of Bon Appétit ‘s 10 Most Influential Bartenders, one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top Spirit and Wine Professionals and Crain’s 40 Under 40. He has also contributed his talents to a number of high-profile events including Oprah’s 25th Anniversary Party, the 2015 Grammy’s, 2016-2019 Emmys, the 2016-2019 Academy Awards, celebrity weddings and The Kentucky Derby. 

A certified mixologist, Charles focuses on a balance between the classics and his own seasonal original cocktails. With a strong emphasis on knowing the roots of the craft along with a progressive vision for the future, the menus he’s created are a glimpse at mixology in the second golden age of the cocktail.  Charles’ cocktails are distinguished by his emphasis on seasonal, fresh ingredients. 

When not working in Chicago, Charles travels the globe studying spirits and cocktails at their roots, educates bartenders and spreads his passion for spirits and cocktails.

Charles and Matt have been working together since 1999.