Michigan Distillery: Five New Distilleries Open Their Doors This Year

Among the most exciting things to hit Michigan distillery in the last few years is the emergence of micro-distilleries. Breweries and wineries have been a part of the state’s economic landscape for decades, but distilling had been a far more foreign idea until recently.

Now that liquor laws are more relaxed, the time is ripe for the burgeoning craft spirits industry. This year, several new distillers opened their doors to the public and dozens more are set to open in the near future.

Detroit City Distillery: This brewery and distillery in the heart of Detroit’s Eastern Market turns a diverse array of Michigan ingredients into small-batch spirits. The distillery produces gin, vodka and whiskey, all of which are sourced directly from farms near their facility.

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Iron Fish: The farm-based distillery is Michigan’s first to grow grain and distilled spirits, as well as barrel finish sourced whiskey in its 7,500-square-foot facility. Located along the Betsie River watershed, Iron Fish draws more than 100,000 guests per year to their MAEAP certified working farm and distillery.

Griffin Claw: Currently, this small distillery is only producing vodka, but they’ll soon add gin and rye whiskey and fruit brandies using Michigan fruits and spelt. Owner Rogers has a passion for quality and wants to make everything from scratch.

Motor City Gas: Royal Oak’s only homegrown distillery will get help from a $65,000 state grant to expand its production. The distillery will get a 500-gallon copper pot whiskey still from Vendome Copper in Louisville, Ky.

Weiss Distilling Co.
34 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017, United States