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“Delicious vodka”

Grand Traverse Distillery
Ranked #14 of 108 things to do in Traverse City
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 & Chipotle], Gin, Rum and our Whiskies [Ole George 100% Rye, Bourbon, as well as many small batch specialty ones]. We also offer 100 Proof Michigan White Dog Whiskey We have 5 Tasting Rooms located throughout the state in Traverse City, Frankenmuth, Leland,Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor 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 and is closed Sundays. We offer tours 6 days a week at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm from May 1 through August 31. October 1 through April 30 tours are offered only on Fridays and Saturdays. Cheers, Kent Rabish!
Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Delicious vodka”
Reviewed 20 July 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.

Visited July 2014
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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
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 the shelf just ask the store to carry it for you.
Cheers
Kent
PS on the web site there are recipes for the cherry vodka as well as other spirits.
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Chicago, Illinois
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“a local Gem”
Reviewed 28 March 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!!!

Visited March 2014
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Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
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 enjoying a cocktail using our gin again. Safe trip back to Chicago
Cheers
Kent
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Traverse City, Michigan
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61 reviews
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“Educational tour, fun staff and top notch spirits!!”
Reviewed 19 October 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 must do for anyone visiting T.C.

Visited September 2013
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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
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
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“A up close view of how to run a distillery.”
Reviewed 5 October 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.

Visited September 2013
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Thank BrianD317
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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
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
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“Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed 6 September 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.

Visited September 2013
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Thank gritzman
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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
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
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