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Grand Traverse Distillery

781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-947-8635
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Ranked #6 of 45 activities in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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

Nashville, Tennessee
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Informative! Neat business! Would highly recommend! If you're in the area, worthwhile to stop by for a tour and a taste!

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

Our goal is to offer new spirits for our customers on a regular basis so if you stop in on vacation each year we should have new offerings for you to taste. Thanks for taking time to write a review! Cheers Kent More

Cincinnati OH
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stopped by about 20 minutes before they were set to close and the owner actually stayed late to chat with us. The tasting counter is set up nicely so that you get one free and then you pay a dollar for the other tastes. This is more generous that most distilleries; we're from Kentucky, and most distilleries there give... More

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

Thanks for stopping in and comparing our whiskey products to what you enjoy at home. We hope to have new spirits in the future and something new to taste if you are able to stop in next year and see us. As a bourbon blogger you taste many different whiskey products and we are please you enjoyed our bourbon. Everything... More

East Lansing
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14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I've been purchasing their vodka for a year and was looking forward to visiting during my trip north. The tour was short and informative. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Spirits were good. The gin, which is not in stores yet, is quite good. It is great to see another great small business in Michigan.

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

HI Anne Thanks for coming in to see us and the time to write a review. We just released our first gin a couple of weeks ago so I'm happy that we had it available when you were in. Cheers Kent More

Vancouver, Washington
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

From my Spirited Spirits posting, here is the lates almost one year later. (2L barrel) My first batch, bourbon: . I messed up and anxiously took it out of the barrel early. If you run into this problem, don't panic just call them! Kent was helpful and patient talking me through some options. One thing I did that helped tremendously... More

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

Thanks for taking time to write about your experience with our custom whiskey barrel project. The more people share their ideas the better it is for all. We enjoy helping people select what type of whiskey to take home to age. cheers Kent More

Lakeville, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Our first visit was several years ago, when we visit Traverse City we always visit the Distillery. We we were given a tour of the distillery and the process. The staff is always friendly and helpful, when we have questions they always have an answer. When we buy vodka they always have recipes to go along with it. My husband... More

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

Hi Folks Thanks for coming in to see us again! We enjoy seeing customers who come back each year while on vacation. Hope to have new spirits each year to offer something new. I will be distilling our first batch of gin this Monday and hope to have it in the bottle and in our retail room in a week... More

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