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.
Detroit City Distillery is now available in Chicagoland! We've proudly partnered with Heritage Wine Cellars LTD to bring our Detroit spirits to the Windy City. Stay tuned for all the details on tastings, cocktails and — of course — a good ol’ Detroit party in Chicago.
Historic Eastern Market
Detroit, MI 48207
Tues -Thurs 4-11pm
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 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.
We have two rules at DCD. First, we make what we want to drink. Second, we make spirits using the best ingredients from our surroundings in Michigan. The problem is we wanted to drink daiquiris this summer and sugar cane doesn’t grow in Michigan. So we broke some rules and invited our friends to do something we’ve never done before.
Welcome Summer Rum. A spirit made in collaboration with some of our favorite bars and bartenders across Detroit. We call it “Detroit’s Industry Love Letter to Rum.”
We sourced rum from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana and the US Virgin Islands and got the band together to blend a rum with the perfect island vibe. The Jamaican funk hits on the nose with ripe banana, pineapple and clove. The light rose gold body has a creamy mouthfeel full of Caribbean fruit notes like papaya, guava, mango and coconut. The silky smooth finish offers hints lime, toffee and French Indie spice.
As the name suggests…. SUMMER RUM IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE SUMMER. Experience some amazing cocktails created by the very bartenders that created the rum. Bottles are only available for purchase at Detroit City Distillery. In other words, get it while it’s hot before it’s gone!
Very special thanks to the best of the best industry friends who made this rum possible:
Standby & The Skip – Joe Rob, Brent Foster, Kyle Marks and Andrea Kaji
Grey Ghost & Second Best – Will Lee and Rudy Leon
Takoi – Drew Pompa & Alex Kirles (now at Monarch)
Keisling – KaTrell Thomas & Rob Wilson
Foundation Hotel – Bryan Siddell and crew at Apparatus Rooma
Evening Bar / Shinola Hotel – Chas Williams
WC Beven & Mo Neuharth for art and label design
Peter Croce, Jeff Risk and Blair French for supplying the soundtrack for one hell of a release party
Kenny Karpov (bottle shots) and Jenna Belevander (action shots) who make us look sexy
We’re growing and fast. We’re looking to add a few new talented people to our team. Honestly, it’s a pretty amazing place to work. Click the link to the job descriptions for more information.
Detroit City Distillery seeks a barback who is a hard-working, detail-oriented person who is eager to learn and grow as an industry professional. We offer more than your everyday barback experience. There are tons of growth opportunities. You can learn about and contribute to spirits production, learn the art of cocktails and bartending, participate in a large range of events from industry tastings to weddings to massive street parties, and a lot more. Some of our best barbacks have grown into bartending positions, managed the tasting room and our current day-to-day distiller started with us as a barback. If you’re a reliable, trustworthy, do-it-all team player with a strong work ethic lets talk.
Send your resume to Michael Forsyth at email@example.com
Thanks to everyone you enjoyed 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 were released over the course of three months. And of course they sold out immediately. Enjoy!
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!
Looking for a taste of Detroit from afar? The nation's leading online distributors of premium spirits distribute our products in 42 states.
Click on any of the stores below to cure your insatiable thirst for Detroit's finest whiskey, gin and vodka.