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Grand Traverse Distillery

781 Industrial Cir, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686-8942
+1 231-947-8635
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Great little place!!

First introduced to this place when we visited their shop in Frankenmuth ....we have since made 2... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alison H
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Port Clinton, Ohio
Informative and enjoyable

We weren't able to do the tour, but thoroughly enjoyed the tasting and chatting with the staff... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jezebel6368
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Lafayette, Indiana
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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 & Chipotle], Gin, Rum and our Whiskies [Ole George 100% Rye, Bourbon, as well as many small batch specialty ones]. We also offer 100 Proof Michigan White Dog Whiskey We have 5 Tasting Rooms located throughout the state in Traverse City, Frankenmuth, Leland,Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor 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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781 Industrial Cir, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686-8942
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First introduced to this place when we visited their shop in Frankenmuth ....we have since made 2 trips to the distillery! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable (we have yet to do a tour but maybe our next visit ) We highly recommend the cherry and...More

Thank Alison H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't able to do the tour, but thoroughly enjoyed the tasting and chatting with the staff member on duty that day. I could be a bloody mary convert, with the chipotle vodka and the mix they use here!More

Thank Jezebel6368
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Jezebel Glad to hear you enjoyed the bloody mary with our chipotle infused vodka! We are doing tours in the production facility at 1pm and 3pm Friday and Saturdays and Monday through Thursday at 1pm. Stop in if your in the area. Cheers and...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017

I forgot to write a review back when I visited in February, but my friends and I had a great tour when we went, especially as it ended up being a private tour due to us being the only ones on time. The facility isn't...More

Thank Koyangi
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Hello Thanks for coming in for a tour and writing the review, I read everyone and they do matter! We love touring the production room with guest because we can show how and why GTD is different. Grain to Glass is what we do. Thanks...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

Great fun to learn the science behind the drink. My son enjoyed the all aspects of the tour including the tastings.More

Thank Ted M
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Hello Ted Thanks for reviewing your visit. Sounded like you enjoyed the stop based on what you wrote. If I can help you in any way please let me know what happened that caused you to give us a 1 star rating on the visit....More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

We took a tour of the GT Distillery & we were the only ones that showed up for our time slot, so we ended up getting a personal tour with staff. We came home with bottles of True North Cherry Vodka and Peninsula Gin. My...More

1  Thank tll4474
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Hello and thanks for coming into the distillery and taking the tour! We try to bring a little science to the tour and get info. on fermentation, mashing and distilling along the way. Looking forward to seeing you in 2018!

Reviewed 4 April 2017

My family drove five hours to tour the distillery & ended up missing the tour due to an unforeseen event arising. We showed up late anyway and after explaining the situation, they decided to give us a personal tour. It was great. The staff was...More

1  Thank dlapine2
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Hello Del & Christine Thanks for taking time to write your review and come in to see us. Our staff tries to be flexible when it can. We have great people working in our tasting rooms, they know our spirits and enjoy customers coming in...More

Reviewed 3 April 2017

No more options to purchase a mixed drink, was a bit disappointing. As was the limit of the tastings. Our first visit, we were able to sample a small size of most of the spirits offered. Overall feeling was the people were not as friendly...More

Thank stevensB304RW
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Hello Thanks for giving us feedback on your last trip in. In the winter at the distillery tasting room we do reduce what we offer in cocktails because more people visit our tasting room on Front Street. We were tossing most of our fresh ingredients...More

Reviewed 27 March 2017

Katie was our tour guide and she was beyond fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and professional but so fun and easy. We learned so many interesting things and were impressed by the amount of work such a small staff is capable of. Also, there is...More

Thank Beth T
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Hi Beth Thanks so much for your kind review concerning your visit. Katie does a great job and we try to accommodate when we can. We do try to do our best at crafting unique spirits. Come back soon! Kent

Reviewed 29 January 2017

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....More

1  Thank Angelia W
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

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...More

Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank MaggieMaude
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

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...More

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Angelia W
I tried a lemonade cocktail in your tasting room with your cherry vodka that tasted exactly like an astro popsicle and loved it! I bought the vodka just because of this drink but haven't come close to duplicating the taste. Do you give out recipes for this mixed drink or is it proprietary information?
29 April 2017|
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Response from Kent R | Property representative |
Hi Angelia It is a great and simple cocktail to make at home. We use 6oz of Simply Lemonade and 2oz of our Cherry Vodka over a glass of ice! Enjoy Kent
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skakebabe
Do you ship cherry vodka?
23 March 2017|
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Response from Kent R | Property representative |
Hello We are not able to ship any spirits directly to customers. We are required to go through a distributor in each state. What state are you in? Thanks Kent
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ThistleFells
Have made many trips to Traverse City wineries and distilleries. Recently tried the Traverse City Cherry Whiskey and really liked it. The bottle says that it is bottled in Chelsea, Michigan. My daughter is getting married this summer and I'd like to know if this is available in 3 ounce bottles, similar to those for airlines as favors. She is getting married in California, but wants "Michigan" represented. Any help would be appreciated.
30 March 2015|
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Response from torchlake99 | Property representative |
Hello The product you are asking about is not made by Grand Traverse Distillery here in Traverse City. There is a company called Traverse City Whiskey Company that has a cherry whiskey, it is not made in Traverse City. You... More
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