Northern Michigan is known for its scenic beauty, it is also becoming known for the distilleries that produce a wide range of spirits. Please note that it is always a good idea to check their current status and visiting hours before planning a visit.
Distilleries of Northwest Michigan
Northwest Michigan is home to several distilleries that offer a variety of spirits. Please note that it is advisable to check their current operating status and visiting hours before planning a visit:
All spirits are crafted in Elk Rapids using ingredients from family-owned farms. They offer vodka, gin, and whiskey. Make sure to stop by and say hi to Mabel and Sofi, the distillery dogs.
Hand crafted spirits from a long line of Northern Michigan family traditions. They offer vodka, gin, and rum. In addition, they have several flavored whiskeys, some expected and some like Kettle Corn a pleasant surprise. They also offer a line of whiskey, bourbon and rum called Northern Xposure using advanced distilling and barrel aging techniques.
A small bath distillery located in the dunes of Lake Michigan. They offer traditional liquor like rum, vodka, gin, bourbon, and agave. They also have specialty spirits crafted from Agave, peppers, fruits, and other spices. They also offer a coffee liqueur that is worth tasting.
Multiple locations in Northern lower Michigan. They are known for its handcrafted spirits, Grand Traverse Distillery has a tasting room in Traverse City, where visitors can sample their vodkas, whiskeys, rums, gins, and other spirits. They focus on using locally sourced ingredients and have won numerous awards for their products.
Located in the former Bay Harbor Equestrian Center and is the largest operating distillery under 1 roof in Michigan. They offer craft cocktails made with High Five Spirts as well as the Gypsy line.
Located on a farm in Thompsonville in Benzie County. Iron Fish Distillery is known for its small-batch, grain-to-glass spirits. They produce vodka, whiskey, rum, and gin, using locally grown grains and traditional distilling methods.
Multiple locations throughout Northwest Michigan and in Southern Michigan. Mammoth Distilling offers a wide range of spirits, including bourbon, whiskey, gin, vodka, and seasonal specialties. They focus on using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
In a restored 1890’s building and named after the muskrats they would see swimming in the Boyne River that flows behind their building. They offer prohibition era cocktails as well as the classics. They offer their aged rum, gin, vodka, and bourbon for sale by the bottle at The Muskrat.
Two locations on the Leelanau Peninsula. Northern Latitudes Distillery produces a variety of spirits, including vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and fruit brandies. They have a tasting room where visitors can try their products.
Hand crafted and locally produced spirits and cocktails on the Old Mission Peninsula. They offer gin, vodka, whiskey, and bourbon.
Specializing in whiskey, Traverse City Whiskey Co. also offers vodka and gin. They have a tasting room in downtown Traverse City, providing visitors with the opportunity to taste their spirits and learn about their distilling process.
Distilleries of Northeast Michigan
Northeast Michigan is known for its natural beauty and charming towns. While there may be smaller distilleries or new ones that have opened since my last knowledge update in September 2021, here are some distilleries located in Northeast Michigan.
Handcrafted spirits just off the shore of Houghton Lake. They offer spiced rum, white rum, sour mash whiskey, gin, and rum. In addition, they offer several liqueurs that are sure to please.
All their spirits are made in house in their 50-gallon copper pot still. They have offer vodka, gin, spiced rum, corn whiskey and agave. They also have mixers created in the house. Besides being a distillery, they are also a brewery and have a selection of their own brews.
Important to note
Distilleries are fairly new to the Northeast part of the state. Additionally, new distilleries may have emerged in the region since my last update. We are constantly monitoring for new distilleries and adding them to our site as they open. Visit Up North Distilleries for the the most up-to-date information on distilleries in Northern Michigan.
These are just a few examples of the distilleries you can find in Northern Michigan. It is always a good idea to research and check their websites or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information on their products and visiting hours.