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Grand Traverse Distillery

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Address: 781 Industrial Cir, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686-8942
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+1 231-947-8635
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11:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan's oldest craft distillery and we are...

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!

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I forgot to write a review back when I visited in February, but my friends and I had a great tour when we went, especially as it ended up being a private tour due to us being the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Michigan
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160 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I forgot to write a review back when I visited in February, but my friends and I had a great tour when we went, especially as it ended up being a private tour due to us being the only ones on time. The facility isn't huge, but our guide was friendly and well-informed, and we also got to talk to... More 

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

Hello Thanks for coming in for a tour and writing the review, I read everyone and they do matter! We love touring the production room with guest because we can show how and why GTD is different. Grain to Glass is what we do. Thanks again for coming in and come back soon! Cheers Kent More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great fun to learn the science behind the drink. My son enjoyed the all aspects of the tour including the tastings.

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

Hello Ted Thanks for reviewing your visit. Sounded like you enjoyed the stop based on what you wrote. If I can help you in any way please let me know what happened that caused you to give us a 1 star rating on the visit. I do read all reviews and if we can change something to make future visits... More 

Shepherd, Michigan
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We took a tour of the GT Distillery & we were the only ones that showed up for our time slot, so we ended up getting a personal tour with staff. We came home with bottles of True North Cherry Vodka and Peninsula Gin. My absolute favorites were the Cherry Vodka, Gin, and the Cherry Whiskey. Very fun experience &... More 

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

Hello and thanks for coming into the distillery and taking the tour! We try to bring a little science to the tour and get info. on fermentation, mashing and distilling along the way. Looking forward to seeing you in 2018! More 

Gwinn, Michigan
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 April 2017

My family drove five hours to tour the distillery & ended up missing the tour due to an unforeseen event arising. We showed up late anyway and after explaining the situation, they decided to give us a personal tour. It was great. The staff was professional, friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed ourselves and the products we tried were very, very... More 

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

Hello Del & Christine Thanks for taking time to write your review and come in to see us. Our staff tries to be flexible when it can. We have great people working in our tasting rooms, they know our spirits and enjoy customers coming in with question on distilling and such. Glad to hear we could give you the "personal... More 

Garden City
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 April 2017

No more options to purchase a mixed drink, was a bit disappointing. As was the limit of the tastings. Our first visit, we were able to sample a small size of most of the spirits offered. Overall feeling was the people were not as friendly and welcoming as our last tour. We came back a second time for the sole... More 

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

Hello Thanks for giving us feedback on your last trip in. In the winter at the distillery tasting room we do reduce what we offer in cocktails because more people visit our tasting room on Front Street. We were tossing most of our fresh ingredients away because we serve so few in winter months. Our offerings will go back to... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Katie was our tour guide and she was beyond fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and professional but so fun and easy. We learned so many interesting things and were impressed by the amount of work such a small staff is capable of. Also, there is no comparing the quality! I will now only be consuming GTD spirits!! Thank you for... More 

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

Hi Beth Thanks so much for your kind review concerning your visit. Katie does a great job and we try to accommodate when we can. We do try to do our best at crafting unique spirits. Come back soon! Kent More 

Michigan
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We took a Saturday afternoon tour of the distillery by ourselves. The others scheduled on the tour went downtown to the other tasting room and decided to skip the tour. We arrived early and began our 4 tastings of their different liquors before the tour. The tour was very detailed and interesting. Our tour guide was great about answering all... More 

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

Hello Angelia I am happy you took the tour and spent time with staff in the production area. Helping people understand the raw grain to finished product is important to us. As owner I make sure that we don't have "canned" tours. Each employee does it in his or her own way and we make time for questions along the... More 

Mishawaka, Indiana
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the tasting room in downtown Traverse City. We loved the tastings and the people working behind the bar. The employees were very knowledgeable about their products and how they were made. They even made a special drink for our 6yr old with lots of cherries, free of charge. We had a wonderful time.

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

Hi Maggie Thanks for taking time to write a review of your visit to our tasting room on Front Street. We take pride in our staff training and that they are a very important arm of the distillery in that they are the people who are in contact with our customers. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and come back... More 

Detroit, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect from the little distillery but they really made us feel at home. Their tour was very informative and we're able to answer any of our questions. I highly recommend it!

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

Hello Thanks for coming in to see us and take the tour. We do enjoy showing off our distillery production area and educating customers on how we go from grain to bottle. Come back and see us again! More 

1 review
Reviewed 21 November 2016

I had scheduled a tour at 3:00 at the distillery but was not able to make it. I attempted to email but it never sent. I stopped in, in person to apologize for not making it and reschedule or refund my money. The staff at the distillery stayed late to let us sample some of there AMAZING Liquor while working... More 

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

Hello Kaleb Sorry you could not make the tour when in TC but come back to do it again, it is worth the time. Thanks for taking your time to do the review and call out our staff helping you after hours. They do a great job and do enjoy presenting our spirits to customers. Please come back again for... More 

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