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Rum tastes better when you make it with your friends

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



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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


SOLD OUT: Limited Edition Bottle Release.
Three Bourbons. Three Months.

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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
2462 Riopelle
6PM - 11PM