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Fusing Craft & Science Into Incredible Spirits

Skeptic Distillery uses a unique cold vacuum distillation process to produce fresh, innovative and delicious-tasting spirits.

This Reg CF offering is made available through StartEngine Capital, LLC. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

$41,006.71 Raised


The 2019 US craft market was worth $3.7 billion and is expected to reach $20 billion by 2023 with a CAGR of 32%

Skeptic Distillery’s spirits have received numerous awards and have been featured in a multitude of publications including Wine Enthusiast Magazine, with its gin ranking among the ‘Top 100 Spirits in the World 2019’

Skeptic’s sales, which took off last year, reached $303,000 in 2020 (despite the setbacks of the pandemic) and are already at $180,000+ for 2021, as the distillery ramps up to secure distribution in up to 25 US states by 2022.


Where craft meets science

At Skeptic Distillery, we believe in free thinking and individuality when it comes to solving problems. When we founded the company back in late 2014, we set out on a mission to test the limits of distilling, making spirits fresher, faster, smoother and more flavorful than before. We believe in fusing science and craft and have worked under the guidance of a chemical engineer to develop our cold vacuum distilling process. 


Founder and CEO, Karl Loepke, is a skilled entrepreneur who transformed his last company from $3.5 million in sales and over $6 million in debt, to the number one company in its niche market with over $16 million in annual sales. Sales Manager, Bruce Jacobson, was heavily involved in Seagrams Wine Coolers and helped launch and grow products like Hpnotiq, Evan Williams Whiskey, Elijah Craig and numerous other brands. Bruce’s deep connections are helping Skeptic to gain rapid distribution, as we expand and gain entrance into key opportunities with major industry players.



There is a gap in the spirits market for innovative products at an attractive price point

Traditional distilling methods lack innovation, while many of the more innovative and unique spirits on the market are just highly overpriced. At Skeptic Distillery, we believe in providing premium spirits at affordable prices. Just because we use seemingly dense technology and methods, doesn’t mean our process is more expensive or labor intensive.  

Craft spirits don’t need to be pricy or eccentric. We focus on making spirits that are exceptionally smooth, flavorful and approachable. Even our most out of the box spirit, GinQuila, is incredibly versatile and drinkable!


Our vacuum distillation makes for a smoother, more nuanced product

Everything begins as an experiment for us! We cold-distill our spirits with a custom-built continuous vacuum still, that removes air and pressure, and allows us to distill at temperatures well below boiling. Our method removes the heads and tails of the base beer and concentrates the congeners (flavor compounds), producing a smooth and flavorful spirit. 


We sell primarily to distributors, and use a pseudo DTC model that also allows us to advertise directly to customers while still selling through a distributor. We also plan to open our tasting room soon, where we will offer cocktails, host events, and sell our products directly to the public.


In a multibillion dollar market, we prioritize the science and consistency that makes our product unique

In 2019, the US craft market was worth $3.7 billion and is expected to reach $20 billion by 2023 with a CAGR of 32% (Source). Craft spirits are expected to grow by 30.22% between 2020 and 2027 (Source). Vodka makes up 31% of the US spirits market and was up 2.9% to $6.6 billion in February 2020, while whiskey was up 10.8% to $4 billion. (Source). 

Skeptic’s cold distillation process is what we believe truly sets us apart from the crowd. We create flavors and smoothness that others can only dream of. While most distilleries are filled with massive tanks and columns, ours uses a vacuum distillation process that allows us to focus on monitoring the temperature, pressure and flow rate of our pumps, to ensure the consistent production of our high quality spirits. 


Turning ‘Skeptics’ into believers, with our numerous accolades and press mentions

We have received a multitude of awards for our spirits, including: 

Double Gold SIP Awards, 2019 and 2021 International Consumer Tasting

Best of Category, 2019 Judging of Craft Spirits 

Gold medalist, 2019 World Spirits Design Competition 

Best in Show by Country Category, 2018 USA Spirits Competition

Gin of the Year and Vodka of the Year, 2018 USA Spirits Competition 

Our spirits have been featured in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, with our gin ranking among their ‘Top 100 Spirits in the World 2019’. We have also received reviews and recognition from Liquor Hound, Booze Dancing, Good Spirits News, Beauty Loves Booze, USA Trade Tasting, and Best Tasting Spirits. 

Our 2020 revenue was $128,000 in spirits, plus another $175,000 in hand sanitizer, despite the setbacks of the pandemic. This year we have done more than $173,000 in spirits YTD, and are expanding our distribution almost exponentially. Now that things are opening up again, we are adding markets and finally gaining momentum.


Why Invest

Our products have a unique edge in a red hot market

At Skeptic Distillery, our vision is to become a leading innovator in the liquor space, globally renowned for the unique yet approachable and delicious character of our spirits. We also aim to become a brand house from which we can use our cutting edge technology to create and sell off new brands.

The US craft market is growing exponentially and expected to reach $20 billion by 2023, so as our distribution expands, we believe we will have no problem capturing a significant market share with our one-of-a-kind spirits. As business ramps up, we are working toward distribution in 24-26 states by 2022, and we look forward to having you be a part of our success story!


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2525 W Le Moyne St.
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Skeptic Distillery uses a unique cold vacuum distillation process to produce fresh, innovative and delicious-tasting spirits.


Karl Loepke
Karl Loepke
Karl is sort of a late blooming entrepeneur. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor's Degree in Cell & Structural Biology. After college, he received a job offer in inside sales at Enviro Tech International, a niche specialty cleaning solvent company. Karl worked his way up over time to a small ownership percentage (2%) of Enviro Tech in 2010, and then grew his ownership percentage to 33.33% before selling his interest to start Skeptic Distillery Co. He has a 10-year old son, Owen, and 9-year old daughter, Emma, that he loves spending time with and which will sometimes will help him out in the distillery with various projects. Other interests of Karl's include space exploration (huge fan of NASA, SpaceX and other rocket enterprises), live music, playing the guitar and drums (he owns a Gibson SG and Fender Mustang), sports, designing and fabricating new equipment for the distillery, and brand building.

Bruce Jacobson

Bruce Jacobson

Sales Director

Bruce is a 2nd generation veteran of the spirits business. Growing up in Philadelphia, Bruce's father both worked for and ran a distribution company for many years. giving Bruce firsthand knowledge of the industry. After finishing his last morning final exam at college in California, Bruce began working for a distribution company that same afternoon. Later, he spent nearly 17 years working for Seagram's and was instrumental in the successful launch of Seagram's Wine Coolers in his territory. Bruce spent the 20 years after that working for Heaven Hill Brands, where he was one of the top, if not the top, salesperson for brands such as Hpnotiq, Lunazul tequila, and many others in various regions of the USA. With deep industry connections and an inside knowledge of how to sell spirits, Bruce's experience is an invaluable addition to the company.
Joseph Iannarelli

Joseph Iannarelli


Joe was the first investor in Skeptic back when Karl started the company. Having met and become friends working together at Enviro Tech International, Inc., Joe saw the drive and work ethic Karl brought to the table, and believed in the project immediately. An entrepeneur in his own right, who owned and operated (and sold at exactly the right time) a very successful dry cleaning business near Pittsburgh, Joe has a ton of business experience and is one of those guys who has "seen it all." Joe's business style and creativity fits perfectly with the Skeptic culture. He is a very accomplished and avid skier and also enjoys traveling and building custom motorcycles in his free time. If you're driving around in eastern Pennsylvania (or near any ski mountain in the winter) you might see his black Dodge Ram TRX cruising around with Skeptic decals all over it!  


Skeptic Distillery
Mar. 30, 2022 at 6:59 AM UTC
$10k - $1M
Common Stock
Class B Common Non-Voting Shares

Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares

*Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See Bonus info below.

Investment Incentives and Bonuses*

Previous Backer Bonus

All previous investors will receive an additional 5% bonus shares on top of the highest bonus for which they qualify.


Friends and Family Early Birds

Invest within the first 48 hours and receive an additional 15% bonus shares.

Super Early Bird Bonus

Invest within the next 72 hours and receive an additional 10% bonus shares.

Early Bird Bonus

Invest within the next 7 days and receive an additional 5% bonus shares.



Unique Code for FREE trio of products on website (any 3)


First tier plus Unique Code for $100 of free merch via Skeptic online store


First two tiers plus lifetime 20% off all drinks, spirits and merch purchased online or in the distillery


First three tiers, plus guaranteed (at no cost) bottle of every limited release product for 10 years.

*All perks occur when the offering is completed.

The 10% StartEngine Owners' Bonus

Skeptic Distillery will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by investors that are eligible for the StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. OWNer's bonus.

This means eligible StartEngine shareholders will receive a 10% bonus for any shares they purchase in this offering. For example, if you buy 100 shares of Class B Common Non-Voting Shares at $5.00 / share, you will receive 110 shares of Class B Common Non-Voting Shares, meaning you'll own 110 shares of Class B Common Non-Voting for $500. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid during the investor's eligibility period. Investors eligible for this bonus will also have priority if they are on a waitlist to invest and the company surpasses its maximum funding goal. They will have the first opportunity to invest should room in the offering become available if prior investments are canceled or fail.

Investors will only receive a single bonus, which will be the highest bonus rate they are eligible for.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments. Salary payments made to one’s self, a friend or relative. Inter company debt or back payments.



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Marty Spicer

2 years ago

Great news Carl, you're doing a great job.



Alexander McIntosh

2 years ago

Hooray more superb news! Thank you Karl!



Alexander McIntosh

2 years ago

Arrow Ai is good for marketing!



Justin Brodie-Kommit

2 years ago

How are you different from empirical spirit in Denmark? They make out of this world cold distilled spirits.



Marty Spicer

2 years ago

Great Company



Alexander McIntosh

2 years ago

Love it!



Alexander McIntosh

2 years ago

2nd time is the charm! I love booze and its an awesome product! 2nd time investing!




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