Brothers Vilgalys Spirits was started in 2012 to bring Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of Spice Honey Liqueur, to the American market. Our Krupnikas has a delicious and complex flavor unlike any other spirit or liqueur. It is smooth enough to sip on its own, starting out with sweet honey flavors that build to a warm spicy finish.

Our recipe started on our stovetop at home as a special drink we made for friends and family. We still make it the same way, using only whole spices, North Carolina wildflower honey, and pure grain neutral alcohol.

The result is an 80-proof liqueur that’s remarkably appealing to all types of adult drinkers. It can be sipped and savored, taken on the rocks or neat, or mixed in many different types of cocktails.

Everything happens out of a 1,300 square foot location in downtown Durham, NC. We’re open weekly for tours, which include complementary tastings.

Our Krupnikas can be found all over North Carolina in NC ABC stores for $29.95 for a 750 ml bottle. It is also distributed in South Carolina, Chicago, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC and can be ordered online through Ezra’s in ChicagoSchneider’s of Capital Hill and the Pennsylvania Online Specialty Store.

In 2014 we will be adding more states and expanding our production, so stay tuned! You can follow our facebook and twitter for all the latest updates.


  • March 2015 Update!

    Oh man, lots of news around here!

    We’re safely through the holiday season, and I can tell you that the past December and January were our best two months of sales ever. Combined we sold nearly 500 cases, or 3,000 bottles of Krupnikas.

    Since then, there are a number of new updates:

    You can now find Krupnikas in South Carolina through Advintage Distributing. In the next few months we’ll be promoting in all over the state, focusing on some of the border-town stores near Charlotte and in Charleston, Spartanburg, Greenville, and Columbia.

    There’s a new way to buy Krupnikas online through Ezra’s in Chicago. You can also buy from Schneider’s of Capitol Hill in Washington DC same as before.

    We’re making a small change to our tours schedule. Tours are now available on Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

    Our new 500L kettle from Still Dragon North America!We’ve added a 500 liter kettle that can produce up to 6 times as much Krupnikas as the previous one. Over 700 bottles in one batch.

    Secondly, There are some new recipes in the works. Without giving too much away, we have 4 experimental spring-summer flavors that will hit the local ABC stores first. They will debut at our Founders Club party in April, and should find their way onto shelves a bit after that.

    Mini Bottles!We also now have mini bottles! Man they take forever to fill up, but they sure are cute.

    The Distillery Sales Bill we’ve already mentioned has been re-introduced as Senate Bill 24 and House Bill 107. With two companion bills, and some changes to the legislative landscape, we’re hoping that the 20 distilleries in North Carolina are able to make this happen. Expect a further update when it’s time to blow up some inboxes and phones!

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