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Grand Traverse Distillery

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Address: 781 Industrial Cir, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686-8942
Phone Number:
+1 231-947-8635
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11:00 - 17:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan's oldest craft distillery and we are...

Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan's oldest craft distillery and we are family owned. We use 100% locally grown corn, wheat and rye to distill our award winning spirits which include the True North Vodkas [Rye, Wheat, Cherry, Chocolate & soon Chipotle], Gin, Rum and our Whiskies [Ole George 100% Rye, Bourbon, as well as many small batch specialty ones]. We offer 100 Proof Michigan White Dog Whiskey that is sold with mini barrels so a customer can come in make a purchase and age the whiskey at home in their own barrel. We have 5 Tasting Rooms located throughout the state in Traverse City, Frankenmuth, Leland and Grand Rapids so you can stop by and have the Grand Traverse Distillery experience and enjoy tastings and cocktails. We also have joint Tasting Rooms with Black Star Farms Winery where you will find both of our products and be able to taste and have a cocktail. Our Main Distillery Tasting Room is open Monday through Saturday 11-a.m. to 5:30-p.m and is closed Sundays. We offer tours 6 days a week at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm from May 1 through August 31. October 1 through April 30 tours are offered only on Fridays and Saturdays. Cheers, Kent Rabish!

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Wonderful, informative and a perfectly priced tour

We took a Saturday afternoon tour of the distillery by ourselves. The others scheduled on the tour went downtown to the other tasting room and decided to skip the tour. We arrived... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Angelia W
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Michigan
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Michigan
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a Saturday afternoon tour of the distillery by ourselves. The others scheduled on the tour went downtown to the other tasting room and decided to skip the tour. We arrived early and began our 4 tastings of their different liquors before the tour. The tour was very detailed and interesting. Our tour guide was great about answering all... More 

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Thank Angelia W
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Angelia I am happy you took the tour and spent time with staff in the production area. Helping people understand the raw grain to finished product is important to us. As owner I make sure that we don't have "canned" tours. Each employee does it in his or her own way and we make time for questions along the... More 

Mishawaka, Indiana
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the tasting room in downtown Traverse City. We loved the tastings and the people working behind the bar. The employees were very knowledgeable about their products and how they were made. They even made a special drink for our 6yr old with lots of cherries, free of charge. We had a wonderful time.

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Thank MaggieMaude
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hi Maggie Thanks for taking time to write a review of your visit to our tasting room on Front Street. We take pride in our staff training and that they are a very important arm of the distillery in that they are the people who are in contact with our customers. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and come back... More 

Detroit, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect from the little distillery but they really made us feel at home. Their tour was very informative and we're able to answer any of our questions. I highly recommend it!

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Thank cheleelizabeth
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for coming in to see us and take the tour. We do enjoy showing off our distillery production area and educating customers on how we go from grain to bottle. Come back and see us again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I had scheduled a tour at 3:00 at the distillery but was not able to make it. I attempted to email but it never sent. I stopped in, in person to apologize for not making it and reschedule or refund my money. The staff at the distillery stayed late to let us sample some of there AMAZING Liquor while working... More 

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Thank Kaleb G
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Kaleb Sorry you could not make the tour when in TC but come back to do it again, it is worth the time. Thanks for taking your time to do the review and call out our staff helping you after hours. They do a great job and do enjoy presenting our spirits to customers. Please come back again for... More 

Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Katie is so knowledgeable with the menu and so friendly, even with ten minutes to close! Come here when you visit traverse city!

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Thank Michigan4412
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Katie is great! I will pass along your review to her. Our staff enjoys showing off our spirits to visitors when they come in. Come back soon! Cheers Kent More 

Hull, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a whim and really enjoyed the visit. In addition to seeing the stills, we had multiple tastings and of course brought home a few bottles for the liquor cabinet.

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Thank Edelan
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Glad you decided to stop in, a whim is all we need! We do rotate seasonal spirits and the Chocolate infused vodka just was bottled so should be in the tasting rooms very soon. Come back someday! Cheers Kent More 

Lake Orion, Michigan
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Heard about this distillery and the cherry vodka they offer. Went in to give it a try and was met by a friendly and gracious staff member who offered me a taste mixed with Lemonade. A must try if you are in the area.

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Thank hammers1856
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Glad you enjoyed the cherry vodka and lemonade. I love it on a hot summer day and these warm fall days have been perfect also. Come back soon! Cheers Kent More 

North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I'm not a huge fan of distilled spirits, but Grand Traverse Distillery has a nice variety of spirits for you to try. The tour (a great deal for the money) was very informative for learning about the different processes used. Would definitely recommend it to people visiting the area. I love how everything is produced locally and they make sure... More 

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Thank LM_1286
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for taking a chance and visiting us. Glad you did the tour, we enjoy showing off how we take local grain and end up with a spirit in the bottle. Grain to bottle. 100% of our rye, wheat and corn is grown on the Send Brothers Farms and we will always buy local. Cheers Kent More 

Toledo, Ohio
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Nice small distillery that produces vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum. Tour was informative and the spirits were yummy. Walked out with a bottle of vodka and whiskey. Tour and tasting was $10, but worth it.

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Thank Anita F
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Anita Thanks for taking time to write a review and coming in for a tour and tasting. We have no plans to grow out of what we are and started nearly 10 years ago now. Local grain transformed into something tasty. Please come back again, we do have spirits that rotate so you most likely will see something new.... More 

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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Stopped in the distillery for a tasting. Enjoyed tasting their Cherry vodka, bourbon, cherry whisky and rye whisky. Salesperson was very knowledgable and was patient in answering all my questions. Ended up buying a bottle of the bourbon and cherry vodka for the upcomming holidays.

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Thank David S
Kent195713383, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello David Looks like your a whiskey guy! Thanks for coming in and tasting our offerings. We hope to have our Islay Rye whiskey back in the tasting rooms soon. Cheers Kent More 

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