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For the third year in a row, Detroit City Distillery hosts the region’s finest bartending talent for the Ginsmith of the Year Cocktail Competition. The prize.... your very own gin. DCD welcomes back 2016 Ginsmith Roger James Fruin of the Detroit Optimist Society to release Belle River Gin and host the revelry. 

Belle River Gin is a truly unique gin. This barrel aged gin features galangal root with smoked juniper, red rooibis tea, orris root, coriander, cardamom, pink peppercorn, lavender and blue spruce.

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Who will make Detroit City Distillery's next signature gin? We have lots of stellar options. Dorothy Elizabeth (everywhere), Brent Foster (Standby), Robyn Cleveland (Last Word), Joe M.Schubert (La Dolce Vita) and Tara Jagodzinski (Peterboro) get down November 13! Sample cocktails from all the competitors to help us select the 2017 Ginsmith of the Year. 



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, restaurantsand 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