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Grand Traverse Distillery

781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-947-8635
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Ranked #10 of 77 Activities in Traverse City
Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Grand Traverse Distillery uses 100% locally grown corn, wheat and rye to distill its spirits. We...
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Type: Distilleries, Food & Drink
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.

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Detroit, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We did the tour and tasting. Kyle was friendly and knowledgeable. This was the husband's choose but he loved the tour and the product. We walked away with a lot of purchases!

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

Thanks for taking time to review your stop and coming in for a tour. I hope you enjoy your purchases at home and I will copy your kind comments to Kyle! We do get a large number of couples that come in where one or the other has a stronger interest in spirits. Thanks for coming in with him! See... More 

Detroit
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We attended the tour and tasting. Enjoyed the vodka variety, especially the cherry vodka that was mixed with the lemonade.

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

Thanks for taking time to write a review! We love the summer drink you mentioned,our cherry vodka and a tart lemonade. Nothing like it on a hot day. Glad you also enjoyed the tour, we love to show off the distillery to customers. Grain to bottle is what we do here at GTD Cheers Kent More 

Weatherford, Oklahoma
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145 reviews 145 reviews
31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

On a trip to Northern Michigan, I stopped at two locations of the distillery. They have a small store in Leland, and the distillery in Traverse City. Both offer a wee taste of their products. They distill a great rye, and several vodkas, along with a gin. There are the available souvenirs along with the whiskys and clear spirits. A... More 

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

Thanks from coming in to visit and stopping in two of our tasting room! Glad to hear you enjoyed our vodkas and gin. We are proud to use locally grown rye, wheat and corn to mash and distill them. Come back soon and I am sure we will new spirits for you to try. Cheers Kent More 

Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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

Thanks for stopping in at the distillery and the very kind words about the tour and our whiskey! We enjoy showing customers how we make our whiskey, grain to bottle and all here at GTD. Come back soon because we have two new whiskey products that will be offered soon. A bottled in bond cask strength whiskey will be the... More 

Pontiac, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

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