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.
Historic Eastern Market
Detroit, MI 48207
Cocktails, Bottles and Merchandise for Sale
Additional Holiday Hours - Bottles and Merchandise only
Detroit, MI 48207
TOURS BY RESERVATION ONLY
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.
We recently expanded to the second location we call “The Whiskey Factory” to make as much craft bourbon and rye as humanly consumable. The Whiskey 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 Goebel’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.
Participants will learn about the art and science of the distilling process from grain to glass. We'll taste new and aging whiskey under development in the rack house. We'll talk history and sample a range of spirits including vodka, gin, brandy and of course....whiskey.
Now you can enjoy America's Best Young Bourbon through out the state of Michigan. Butcher's Cut Bourbon is now available for purchase at Michigan's finest bars, restaurants and purveyors of craft spirits.
The butcher behind Butcher's Cut Bourbon is John "Yogi" Jerome, my grandfather. He lost his finger making a whiskey barrel. He traded his motorcycle to bootleggers for a rifle. And after World War II, he began his career as a butcher in Detroit’s Eastern Market next to the slaughterhouse that I transformed into our distillery. To honor his life and legacy, I created Butcher’s Cut Bourbon using the finest cuts of corn, rye and roasted barley that I double barrel aged with hand-smoked Michigan northern oak. The result is a bourbon that is timeless and true with exceptional character, just like the man that inspired it.
At Detroit City Distillery we make spirits that have a story.... a true story. When we say that Butcher's is "a timeless spirit from a storied past." it's our way of sharing our history with you. It's our sincere hope that you'll create many memories of your own over a glass of bourbon, and that is something that we can share forever.
Cheers. - John Paul Jerome
Detroit City Distillery calls Eastern Market home. Started in the 1850’s, Eastern Market is the largest, oldest public farmer’s market in America. It’s a place where butchers were bootleggers and farmers are family.
Over a century later, butchers still rule the market and little has changed. The fine art of butchery has been passed down through the generations and continues to this day. We're thankful for the men that put meat on our table and give the Market its character.
Our good friend Jenna Belevender documented the butchers that inspired our bourbon. Enjoy the finest cuts. More at jennabelevenderphotography.com
We sell everything we make from our Tasting Room and Whiskey Factory located in Eastern 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 across Michigan and all metro Detroit Meijers!
Looking for a taste of Detroit from afar? The nation's leading online distributors of premium spirits distribute our products in 42 states.
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