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Grand Traverse Distillery

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Address: 781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone Number: +1 231-947-8635
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11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: 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. We offer tours 6 days a week in season and weekends out of season at 12, 2 and 4 pm. Cheers, Kent Rabish!
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Mmmm, bourbon.

My husband and I went to the distillery on our vacation. Our tour guide was Melissa who really knew her stuff. After our tour concluded and before we did our tasting we had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to the distillery on our vacation. Our tour guide was Melissa who really knew her stuff. After our tour concluded and before we did our tasting we had a great conversation with her about breweries, wineries, distilleries. She was very knowledgable and we loved sharing our opinions with her and hearing her own! It was... More 

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

Hello Megan Thank you for taking time to write your review and point out Milissa and her great work at GTD. Melissa is fantastic and enjoys showing people our distillery and how we do what we do. Happy to hear you enjoyed our bourbon. We are a farm to bottle distillery and hope to put up about 250 barrels of... More 

Chesterfield, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Be forewarned, this isn't the Jack Daniels distillery with lots and lots to see, this is a craft distillery and the tour is more of an education in how fine spirits are made. Our tour guide, Kyle, was very friendly and informative and answered all our question. During the tasting he 'may' have given more that the 4 tastings that... More 

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

Hello Chris Thank you for taking time to review your visit to our distillery. I'm glad you had time to tour our production facility and taste many of our spirits. I will let Kyle know about your feedback on his review he does a great job for us! The summer cooler made with the tart lemonade and our cherry vodka... More 

Grand Traverse County, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

While there wasn't a ton to see on the tour, the guide provided more information than I could ever need to know about distilling spirits! The tour takes about 45min- 1 hour and you can order a cocktail to take along with you.The cost includes a tasting of 4 different spirits from their menu, as well as a neat take-home... More 

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

Hello Carissa Thanks for coming to visit us at the distillery in taking the tour. Our goal is to give people information on the distilling process and how whiskey vodka gin and rum are produced from start to finish . Thanks for taking time to write review and come visit us again Cheers Kent More 

Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

After two days of wine tasting, we stopped at the Grand Traverse Distillery in Leland/Fishtown for my nonwine drinking hubby. We were sadly disappointed. The tasting room was a "strip mall style" location. It lacked any character and almost looked temporary. As Kentucky bourbon aficionados, we were disappointed with the 2 1/2 year barrled bourbon. It was too bright and... More 

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

Hello. Our tasting room in Leland is a seasonal. We are open about five months at this location. Sense the tasting room is seasonal we could not budget a large amount for rent payments and so are tasting room is small. If you are heading into Traverse City you can visit the actual production facility or we have a very... More 

Northville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Melissa and Kyle were great. We showed up 10 minutes before close and they stayed a half hour after close to let us taste everything. They are very knowledgeable about all the product and types of alcohol. Learned a lot and can't wait to go back.

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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for taking time to give Mellisa and Kyle a "tip of the hat" for the great work they do for GTD. Makes my day to hear customer feedback on our staff. They do a great job and try to make every visit fun. Come back again! cheers kent More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Stopped at the Outdoor Market in Grand Rapids and was fortunate enough to taste test their products at the Market store. The cherry bourbon was best and also out of stock. The Old George bourbon was purchased and is half consumed as we write.

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

Hello Tommy Thanks for stopping into our store in Grand Rapids and taking time to write your review. Glad you enjoyed the cherry whiskey and I wanted to let you know it is back in stock in the 375ml and 750ml. I delivered a load this past Monday so stop in again and pick some up! Cheers Kent More 

Annapolis, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The Grand Traverse Distillery has definitely found a way to put all those Michigan cherries to good use by making their excellent Cherry Vodka. Yes, it is a delicious flavored Vodka.

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed the cherry vodka! The cherry vodka and cherry whiskey are top selling spirits here at GTD. We love to showcase the product that put Traverse City on the national map Cheers and thanks for taking time to send in a review ! Kent More 

Shakopee, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Tour led by Kyle was very informative, especially for first-timers. Tasting and Bloody Mary was great, the cherry vodka and the rum were my favorites. While we were touring, another employee took the time to provide directions on a map to help us avoid some traffic through TC during the Cherry Festival....worth paying them a visit and doing the tour.

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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Patti I passed along to Kyle your comments about his tour with your group, he does a great job! Glad you enjoyed your stop at the distillery and please come back soon. Also, road construction is done! Cheers Kent More 

Berryville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

great, small low key tour. great tasting. so glad I went! they offer the best souveniers of the area.

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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hi Doug We enjoy giving tours of our distillery and showing customers how we made our spirits. Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and tasting as well as some of the non alcohol items we offer! Thanks Kent More 

Fremont, Michigan
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Very informative on the process of making spirits! The tour although very short was great. They aren't afraid to show their equipment and how it all works to make the best vodka I've tasted. (Better than the high end brands)

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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Tom Thanks for taking time to write your review and for coming in to see our distillery. We love showing our customers how our spirits are made and the process from grain to bottle. Happy to also hear you enjoyed our vodkas and your kind review made my day. The rye is my favorite, on the rocks with a... More 

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Additional Information about Grand Traverse Distillery

Address: 781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone Number: +1 231-947-8635
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

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