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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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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... read more

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

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 

Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Don't miss this shop while your in TC!! They have the best Cherry Whiskey in TC and it is distilled in TC..

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

Hi Tom Thanks for taking time to write and I am happy you enjoyed the cherry whiskey. We use a local maraschino cherry flavoring, it also makes a great manhatten or old fashion. Come back and see us again. We hope to introduce a new whiskey in the next several months. cheers Kent More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My husband and I read reviews about how great the tasting room and distillery was. So on our camping trip to sleeping bear dunes we put grand traverse distillery at the top of our to do list. We went to the distillery first drove for over an hour and got there at 11:55 due to heavy traffic. Parking lot was... More 

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

Hello Shanin I am sorry to hear about your stop at GTD. As the owner I am going to use your experience in our next staff trainging session. Would you please contact me at kent@grandtraversedistillery.com so we can connect and I can find out more from you? Thanks Kent More 

Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Stopped by the downtown tasting room this weekend after reading about this online. The employee on duty was very friendly and informative. I enjoyed the unique products and walked away with several bottles for both personal use and for gifts. The cherry products are obviously a fun draw for Traverse City...but be sure to try the chocolate vodka, too. It... More 

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

Thanks for coming to see us downtown and taking time to review your visit! Happy to hear you enjoyed the cherry vodka and the chocolate infused vodka. My wife wanted a chocolate martini so we purchase organic coca nibs and infuse them into our wheat vodka. At the end of the infusion we add sliced oranges. If you come up... More 

Platteville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I stopped in the downtown tasting room. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable - helped me decide which of the liquors I wanted to taste from a fairly broad list. I tried the cherry vodka, cherry whiskey, and bourbon. All quite good - I especially liked the cherry vodka. The atmosphere is clean and minimalist. Perfect for the attraction.

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

Hello Laura Thanks for our feedback on our tasting room downtown in Traverse City. We just moved in late last summer and still have some ideas on how to improve the space. We are going to add a 2nd tasting bar in the front of the space very soon. Glad to hear about the cherry vodka, I enjoy it in... More 

Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I stopped in here while touring around the area. The owner, a super nice guy, came over and introduced himself, told me about the business and answered my questions. He asked if I had sampled any of their spirits, and when I told him I had not, explained how the process works, walked me over and introduced me to one... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed your stop at GTD's tasting room! We try to make it a fun place to visit and give a little background on what we do and how we take local grains through the process to make our spirits. Please come back again and thanks for taking time to review your visit! Cheers Kent More 

Prattville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Visited the distillery. It was kind of late in the day, but one of the guys took the time to show us around (we missed the regular tour). We paid the $5 for the tasting glass, and you get to try 3 different kinds of their product. They were very good at explaining the processes and different flavors/aspects of each... More 

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

Hello Joseph Thanks for coming in a sampling our spirits! Our sampling totals one ounce of products split up between several small pours. It does not take much to determine if the flavor profile hits the mark for a customer. Please come back again and try the other spirits you missed on this visit! Cheers Kent PS we should have... More 

Big Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We visited the Distillery itself (not tasting room downtown) and it was a nice experience. There is a tasting fee but you certainly get your money's worth. We did not take the tour as we were a bit limited on time and we'd all seen distilleries before. The two gentlemen serving were well versed about their product and more than... More 

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

Thank you for coming to the distillery and the kind review! I'm glad you enjoyed the tasting and Ole George Rye Whiskey. It as well as the rye based vodka are my favorites. We enjoying talking to customers and sharing information Cheers Kent More 

Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I visited the place today, they have really good quality spirits, and the shots were enough to taste and experience different types of liquors. It is a "must visit" at Traverse City

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

Hello Julio I'm glad you stopped in and sampled our spirits! Thanks for taking time to write up your kind review and please come back when your in the States again! Cheers Kent More 

Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was our favorite stop! We paid $10 for a tour of the distillery and 5 or so tastings. The guy doing the tour was very informative. He helped with the tastings as well, going above and beyond with personal service. Everyone was so friendly. It is a bit expensive to purchase spirits because it is a high end distillery,... More 

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

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to review your visit and the kind review. We passed your review onto the two people working that day and thank them for their great customer service We truly enjoy showing customers are Distillery and how we make our spirits. Farm to bottle production is very important to us and tours allow us... 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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