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 are releasing two new gins, one bespoke bourbon and hosting a week of epic events during Detroit Cocktail Week! Check out the full line up of events below!
Historic Eastern Market
Detroit, MI 48207
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.
Detroit City Distillery and Otus Supply are proud to announce the release of Talon Gin. To celebrate this spirited collaboration, the fine folks from Otus Supply will be taking over the bar at DCD with a unique cocktail menu focusing on their outstanding new libation. Live music provided by the one and only Sweet Willie Tea. Release starts at 6pm and music starts at 8pm. No cover.
For one night only, we play host to Ann Arbor's own, The Last Word. With a menu created by Guest Bartenders Marlee Katt and Jude Walser, cocktails will be centered around Detroit City Distillery spirits with special guest Norden Aquavit.
Foundation Gin made in collaboration with Chef Thomas Lents and Detroit City Distillery features hand-picked native Michigan botanicals such as elderberry, rose hip, lemon balm and spicebush.
To celebrate Detroit Cocktail Week, Detroit City Distillery partners with Chef Tom and the Apparatus room, for a family style dining experience, paired with cocktails featuring the newly crafted Foundation Gin.
The Cocktail Classic is the crown jewel of Detroit Cocktail Week.
On Friday, October 5th, over 40 of Detroit’s top drinking establishments are paired with top shelf spirit brands to concoct a signature drink for the occasion. Attendees will taste their way around historic Eastern Market engaging with bartenders and spirit purveyors. It's Detroit's cocktail party of the year.
VIP Early Entry Tickets include access at 6pm, 15 sample cocktails, and light appetizers. General Admission Tickets include access at 7pm and 10 sample cocktails.
The first release of three limited-edition single barrel bourbons will be the most rare. There will be fewer than 130 bottles ever made and ever sold of this bourbon. This beautifully balanced spicy and smoky whiskey featuring 2 row oak-smoked barley malt is inspired by our love of drinking around the campfire. Don't miss this one!
Today, on our 4 year anniversary, we are proud to announce our “Bespoke Bourbon Series,” a celebration of the origins of craft whiskey. Three limited-edition single barrel bourbons with unique mash bills featuring Michigan grains and bottles adorn with hand-drawn illustrations will be released over the next three months.
Not to be missed by whiskey enthusiasts and collectors, these bourbons will be released one time and one time only. These are whiskeys that will not be made again and when they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
Bespoke Bourbons will be released at special release parties at the Detroit City Distillery Tasting Room in historic Eastern Market at 2462 Riopelle. The releases will feature whiskey tastings, live music and bottles for sale on a first-come, first serve basis. Approximately 100 to 250 bottles will be available for each release, with a maximum of 2 bottles allotted per customer. Bottles will retail for $70.
The first release will feature “Smoked Bourbon.” This bourbon has a mash bill of corn and rye from Dexter Mill and features oak-smoked 2 row barley malt from Pilot Malt house of Kent County. It was aged for 2 years in a 30-gallon white oak barrel. This beautifully balanced spicy and smoky whiskey is inspired by our love of drinking around the campfire.
Smoked Bourbon Release Party | Saturday, October 6 | 6:00 – 11:00 PM
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The next release is “Four Grain Bourbon,” a celebration of the diversity of Michigan agriculture, with a mash bill of corn, wheat, rye and oak-smoked two-row barley. The most complex of the three bespoke bourbons, this whiskey has a slight smokiness with notes of vanilla, toffee and orange.
4 Grain Bourbon Release Party | Friday, November 2 | 6:00 – 11:00 PM
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The third and final release is “Red Bourbon,” featuring our Butcher’s Cut Bourbon finished in a red wine barrel. After aging for over two years in freshly-charred white American oak, we finished our signature bourbon in a cabernet-merlot wine barrel from Fieldstone Winery in Rochester. Hints of plum and berries shine through this bourbon, with soft, subtle tannins complimenting rich notes of caramel, hazelnut and cigars.
Red Bourbon Release Party | Friday, December 7 | 6:00 – 11:00 PM
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We're bringing back the whiskey that started it all.... Bloodline Whiskey.
Join us as we celebrate our 4th anniversary with a new American whiskey inspired by a great American City. Whiskey tastings, specialty cocktails, food pairings and live music all night.
Detroit City Distillery Tasting Room
6PM - 11PM
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!
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