While some people associate the summer season with crisp, refreshing seasonal beers, others prefer the delicacy of an aged whiskey, especially one that is locally distilled. When it comes to distilleries with tasting rooms in the Detroit area, we’ve got you covered. Here are three local distilleries in the D worth checking out!
As the first distillery in Detroit since Prohibition, Two James Spirits prides itself on its commitment to serving up environmentally conscious, handmade spirits, using locally grown agricultural products. The tasting room at Two James offers tasting flights and cocktails, all of which are made with the spirits they produce themselves in the distillery. Patrons are also welcome to purchase bottles and cases of Two James spirits to go.
Having been open for less than two years, Detroit City Distillery is located in popular Eastern Market and that location is quite purposeful. Being right next to local farmers on a weekly basis, Detroit City Distillery has the opportunity to source its ingredients directly from the farmers Eastern Market supports. DCD makes small batch artisanal whiskey, gin and vodka that is sold in stores across Michigan. A trip to its tasting room in Eastern Market will open the doors to signature cocktails of your choice, or you can go “Omakase,” a Japanese expression meaning “I’ll leave it to you,” and let the bartender to wow your taste buds.
Valentine Distilling, located in Ferndale, gets its name from its founder and chief distiller Rifino Valentine. Valentine believes in making a quality product in everything he does, especially in the vodka, gin and whiskey he and his team make at the distillery.
“In an era of mass production, squeezing costs and maximizing profits, one important thing is lost: quality,” Valentine says.
At the original distillery, patrons can relax in the cocktail lounge, enjoying fresh craft cocktails made with award winning liquor, such as Valentine Vodka, Liberator Gin and Woodward Ltd. Bourbon Whiskey.