In the roaring twenties, Detroit fueled prohibition and an entrepreneurial spirit that didn't follow the rules. A century later, eight childhood friends started a small distillery to make alcohol the old fashion way.
Detroit City Distillery creates small batch artisanal whiskey, gin and vodka using the finest local ingredients sourced directly from farms near our distillery and tasting room located in Detroit's famed Eastern Market. The result is a drink of distinction made for the revolutionaries rewriting the history of a great American city.
We're boozin, cookin, and f'ing shit up with award winning chef Max Sussman this month at Detroit City Distillery. After a celebrated career in the NYC food scene, Max has returned home and brought Samesa with him. The month long pop-up offers modern, from scratch dishes inspired by hole-in-the-wall falafel joints and Middle Eastern restaurants from Detroit to New York.
Samesa kicks off September 9-10. Check out the menu here
Saturday: Brunch: 11am-3pm, Dinner: 4PM-11PM
Historic Eastern Market
Detroit, MI 48207
Our philosophy behind our spirits is simple: we make what we want to drink. We make young, high proof whiskies to elevate the taste of the finest organic, locally grown Michigan grains. We make experimental gins using the botanicals sourced just two blocks from our front door. Sometimes we even grow our own wheat for whiskey or pine for gin. This is what happens when farm boys turn city slickers and open a distillery in America’s oldest, largest public farmers market.
After a long winter of mass whiskey consumption, we decided that we needed to drink more gin come summer. We turned into a gin joint for three months and had a damn good time doing it. We called it the “Summer of Gin.” Enjoy our inaugural 2015 small batch gin release until we make something completely different next summer.
At Detroit City Distillery we consistently craft small batch bespoke spirits to experiment with distillation, ingredients and experience. These rare spirits may be made on a limited basis or one time only. Limited edition and experimental spirits can only be found at Detroit City Distillery tasting room.
This fall we're launching a 20,000 square foot production facility at the former Stroh’s Ice Cream Factory and Geobel Brewing Company. We're expanding to the second location we call “The Factory” to make as much craft bourbon and rye as humanly consumable.
The Factory, a long-dormant building at 1000 Maple, located just off Gratiot Avenue between Downtown Detroit and Eastern Market, is the last remaining structure at the site that largely defined Detroit’s brewing legacy. Brewing at the site goes as far back as the 1930’s when Goebel Brewing Company built a massive brewery to compete with Stroh’s Brewery, Detroit’s largest brewery at the time. The breweries were located directly across the street from one another. Shortly after Stroh’s acquired Geobel’s in 1960s the building was converted to a factory to produce Stroh’s ice cream, a successful business created out of necessity during the days of Prohibition when producing alcohol was illegal.
Today, we're reviving the long history of alcohol production at the site that started it all. Join us on September 22 at 9 PM as we open the doors to the public at the Official Eastern Market After Dark After Party. Cocktails will flow all night admist special collaborations with Salonniere, featuring artist Michele Tanguay and music from Craig Sherrad, Dopke + Mathias and Asher Perkins with a visual installation by Matthew Ortlieb.
In the meantime, enjoy the photography of our good friend Kenny Karpov and a look inside The Factory.
After nearly a decade working as a chef in some of New York City’s most influential restaurants, award-winning chef Max Sussman returns home to Detroit to bring Samesa to Detroit City Distillery for a month-long pop-up this September.
Launched by Max and his brother Eli last year in New York, Samesa offers modern, from scratch dishes inspired by hole-in-the-wall falafel joints and Middle Eastern restaurants from Detroit to New York.
Max and Eli Sussman have come a long way since learning to cook in their family’s kitchen in the Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods. In 2012, Max was recognized as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 food and wine stars and a James Beard nominee for Rising Star Chef, while Eli was named one of Zagat's 30 Under 30 and one of Eater.com's top-50 food professionals. Max cooked at Michelin starred Breslin and served as chef de cuisine at Roberta's before becoming executive chef at the Cleveland, while Eli ran Mile End Delicatessen. Together, the brothers have co-authored four cookbooks.
Tour/Tastings with 4 one ounce tastes - $15/person
We sell everything we make from our Tasting Room located in Easter Market: Butchers Cut Bourbon (750 ml and 375 ml), Homegrown Rye Whiskey (750 ml and 375 ml), Railroad Gin (750 ml and 375 ml), Gilded Age Vodka (750 ml and 375 ml), and 6 unique small batch gins (750 ml). Stop in and take home Detroit's finest locally made spirits.
Detroit City Distillery is proud to be carried by the finest purveyors of craft spirits across Michigan. The map below features some of our favorite independent grocers and liquor stores. **You can now pick us up at Kroger stores in metro Detroit and the greater Lansing area!**
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