LINCOLN SQUARE — Sip a bit of distilling history on Thursday at The Grafton Pub and Grill, when Lost Distillery, straight from Scotland, pours tastings of the lost Scotch brands the company has rescued from extinction.
In the past century, nearly 100 Scottish distilleries have shuttered for a variety of reasons. Lost was founded on the premise of "What if we could bring those whisky brands back?," according to the company's website.
To date, Lost has successfully revived three brands — Stratheden, Auchnagie and Gerston — which will be served at The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave., on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
To revive the whiskies — Stratheden, for example, was distilled from 1829 to 1926 — Lost employs an archiving team, led by a professor from the University of Glasgow. This team researches key components, including the era in which the whisky was last distilled, which strains of barley were used and where they were grown, and the type of still used.
Lost Distillery emphasizes that its results aren't exact copies of the original, but as true a representation as possible of what the defunct distilleries would be making if they were still in business today.
Tickets for the event at The Grafton are $20, including whisky tastings and food, and can be purchased here. Winston Evans of Lost Distillery will be on hand to discuss the whiskies.