Brothers Vilgalys Spirits started in 2012 to bring Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of Spiced 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.

Krupnikas 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.

In 2015, we released four new liqueurs called Zaphod, Beebop, Beatnik, and Jabberwock. All four at 60 proof, sweetened with raw cane sugar, and flavored with whole botanicals, herbs, and spices.

Everything happens out of a 1,300 square foot location in downtown Durham, NC. Tours & tastings are $5 and require booking ahead of time. We offer them on Thursday & Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons. We are also allowed to retail a limited amount of bottles (limit 1 per customer per year, yes really).

Our Krupnikas can be found all over North Carolina in NC ABC stores. It is also distributed in Virginia, South Carolina, Chicago, Georgia, Massachussets, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC. You can also find an online store directory at this link:

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  • Krupnikas comes to Virginia!

    Our Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur is now available in the Virginia ABC stores!

    The stores have been added to our retailer directory. Currently we are stocked in 40 stores across the state in most major cities.

    If you’d like to special order from somewhere it isn’t stocked, or if you are a bar / restaurant owner, the Virginia ABC Code for Krupnikas is 072685.

    Other news from here in Durham:

    • Our Tasting Room has come a long way and it’s looking nice and swanky. We’re available for small events, and will be running cocktail classes there as well as our usual tours.
    • We’ve also refreshed our Swag Store with some new hoodies and bee logo jerseys.
    • We’ll gradually be adding more cocktails to this website over the next week or two!

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