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Grand Traverse Distillery

781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-947-8635
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Ranked #9 of 60 Activities in Traverse City
Type: Distilleries
Owner description: Grand Traverse Distillery uses 100% locally grown corn, wheat and rye to distill its spirits. We offer True North Vodka (rye based), a Wheat Vodka,... more » Owner description: Grand Traverse Distillery uses 100% locally grown corn, wheat and rye to distill its spirits. We offer True North Vodka (rye based), a Wheat Vodka, Cherry Flavored Vodka and a Chocolate Infused Vodka. As for whiskey we have Ole George, a 100% Straight Rye Whiskey,a second Straight Rye Whiskey, Bourbon, 100% Corn Whiskey, a unique Cherry Whiskey and our 125 Proof Michigan Whiskey that is sold with mini barrels so a customer can come in and we will custom blend their whiskey at 125 proof then they age the whiskey at home in their barrel. These products are available for sale in the distillery retail rooms. We have two in Traverse City. The first is at our distillery and the second is in a shared tasting room with Black Star Farms in the Grand Traverse Commons. We also have a seasonal tasting room in Leland and a new tasting room located in the River Place Shops in Frankenmuth Our vodka products are found in over 1200 retail accounts in Michigan. We are also available in the Chicago area, Colorado. Our distillery retail room is open Monday through Saturday 11-a.m. to 5:30-p.m. a.nd Sunday from noon to 4-p.m.. On Thursdays through Saturdays from 11-a.m to 5-p.m. we give tours through the distillery. Come in and visit us for a sample of our award winning spirits. « less
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Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This has been a highlight of our visit to Traverse City. The whiskey is top notch, the tour was very enlightening, and the staff was super friendly.

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Pontiac, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My husband and I absolutely love the whiskies produced here. It's great to be able to sample the spirits before you buy. Our favorites were the Cherry Whiskey and the Ole George. The gentleman behind the bar was very knowledgeable and friendly. I was glad to be able to buy the glass, along with the tasting, to take as a... More

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

You made my day! Looking forward to opening the new Grand Rapids tasting room soon. Will offer the same whiskey products you enjoyed here in TC. Cheers Kent More

Lansing, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Up early for the weekend and we have visited several wineries in the past, GTD popped up on one of our searches. We have visited some distilleries done south and wanted to spend a little time in a local one. Very nice tour and tasting and very tasty products. Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff.

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

Glad you enjoyed your stop at the distillery. We love getting folks coming in who come to the area to enjoy wine. GTD offers a change from wineries in that we offer spirits produced with local grains. Cheers and come back again! Kent More

Southgate, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a must for anyone who wants to see the process of how spirits are made or learn more about what is in the spirits they drink. The bonus is you get to sample all the spirits at the end of the tour. The tour guide was fantastic with his knowledge of the process and his witty delivery.

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

Thanks for taking time to write a review and we are happy you enjoyed your tour in the production area. We have great people working here and they enjoy showing off the place. Please come back again cheers Kent More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I've visited the Grand Traverse Distillery nearly every time I'm in Traverse City over the past four years. I'm from the Grand Rapids, MI, area and get up to Traverse City about two or three times per year. Part of my visit almost always includes a stop at the distillery. The tour is interesting and easy. I especially like the... More

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

Hello and thanks for making our distillery a regular stop when your in the TC area! Appreciate your taking time to write up your recent visit and the kind comments. We are very close to having a location in downtown Grand Rapids to open a new tasting room. Hoping to be open late Fall. Cheers Kent More

Waterford, Michigan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a small, local distillery that makes vodka, gin and whiskey. They do small group tours with a tasting of their products at the end of it. Their product is quite good but definitely not on par with larger distilleries. If you want to learn a bit about how these liquors are made and purchase something unique then this... More

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

Thanks Denise for taking time to send a review. We hope to offer more products in the future so stop in the next time your in the area. Wish we had more room to offer tables and chairs but we are having to live with a 400sf tasting room and are making the best of a limited area. cheers Kent More

Ira Twp.
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Stopped here for the distillery tour, nice people, took their time to explain the process, tasted the spirits and were given souvenir glasses. Would go again.

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

Hi Paula Thanks for taking time to write a review and for coming in to see us at the distillery. We enjoy opening up the distillery and showing people what we do and hope they understand the process better. Cheers Kent More

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

OMG...we were not into Vodka, Gin or Bourbon until we did a taste test here. Nice customer service folks, knowledgeable and friendly..all of which are important. Their True North Cherry Vodka was given to us mixed with about 4 parts lemonade...it was one of the better things we tasted during our trip to Traverse....go...you will not be disappointed...their other offerings... More

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

So glad you decided to stop even though you are not big spirits drinkers! We do offer about a dozen spirits made using local grain. Your Cherry Lemonade is easy to make at home also. If you come up with new drinks using the cherry vodka please send us the recipe so we can post it on our web site... More

Detroit, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We sought them out since our local Costco stopped carrying their vodka. We were excited to find they not only have the vodka we already liked, but chocolate and cherry vodka as well. Plus an aging barrel and bourbon :) we did the tasting + tour and enjoyed learning about the distillation process.

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

Thanks for stopping in and visiting our distillery as well as taking time to post a review! Glad to see you tried some of our other spirits while in Traverse City and hope someday to have a tasting room closer to the Detroit market place. We can be found in around 1200 accounts around Michigan, if it is not on... More

Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

A nice time spent touring the place and sampling the wares. Bought a gin and splurged on the Old George Rye. A fun find!!!

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

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit with us and coming in to visit our distillery. We hope to have new items coming up while distilling the spirits that people know and enjoy. Hope you enjoy Peninsula Gin and Ole George. It will warm up someday, I for one am looking forward to sitting in the sun and... More

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