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Grand Traverse Distillery

781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-947-8635
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Ranked #8 of 58 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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Waterford, Michigan
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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
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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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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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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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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

Traverse City, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We came for the tour and stayed for the tastings. I was amazed at how much could be produced in a small area. The tour was informative and the staff was friendly and fun. As a fan of Kentucky bourbon, I was very impressed with the spirits produced here. This is a great addition to the local micro-alcohol scene!! A... More

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

Thanks for coming in and taking time to write! We do a lot in 4,000sf but I wish we did have more room. Someday we will, until then we will continue to do what we do best and that is take local grain and distill as much as we can in our 4,000 sf facility as we can. Cheers Kent More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The tour was informative. The samples were very educational. If you've done a brewery tour this is similar, but the differences are interesting. The location is in an industrial park so that's unexpected. We enjoyed every minute we were there. The mini-barrel is a must have.

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

Hi Brian Thanks for finding our distillery and taking time to write a review. We enjoy touring our production area and offering information on how we produce our spirits. We also just ordered a good supply of the mini barrels for the holiday season and should not run out like we did last Christmas season. Cheers Kent More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

A great little place in an out of the way area. Perry was a wonderful host. The time of day was a little off, so we did not get a tour. But got some great information and tasting was fun! Be sure to find your way to this neat business.

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

Hello and thanks for coming in to see us and talk to Perry. He does a great job with our visitors and makes everyone feel right at home here. We do limit tours to just three days because of production demands. Please come back to tour the distillery on Thursday, Friday or Saturdays. Cheers Kent More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable experience when we were there for a tour recently. The staff who conducted the tour was welcoming, and the tour was informative. We ordered a cocktail while there and it was wonderful. Also enjoyed tasting a sample of their vodka. Nice place!

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

Thanks for coming in and taking time to review our distillery. Hope you enjoyed the small selection of drinks offered. This is new for us and we are having fun offering more when a guest comes in to see us. Cheers Kent More

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