1st distillery opening soon at Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Downtown Market will soon open its first distillery.

Organizers announced the Grand Traverse Distillery will open a tasting room at the market next month.

The tasting room will feature spirits to taste including vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and bourbon, as well as bottles for purchase. It will also offer local products and mixers such as syrups, peanuts, and pickles, as well as clothing, glassware and barrels for people who want to age their own alcohol.

The Grand Traverse Distillery is based in Traverse City and is the largest micro-distillery in Michigan. Founder Kent Rabish uses local ingredients from Send Brothers Farm, just nine miles northeast of the distillery’s production facilities.

“Grand Traverse Distilleries is among the very few using the ‘grain-to-bottle’ method, which means we start with fresh, local rye, corn and wheat, and combined it with pure glacial water to create our artisan spirits,” said Rabish. “Single batch, hand made, one-at-a-time is how we bring our spirits to market, and we are excited to be the first local distiller to open a tasting room in Grand Rapids.”

Construction on the space is scheduled to begin this month.

“While artisan spirits are growing rapidly, Grand Traverse Distillery is committed to the re-emerging art of craft distillation, and we are thrilled to add an incredibly popular, ultra-premium Michigan brand to the Downtown Market,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “They are a perfect addition to our space and mission.”

Grand Traverse Distillery will continue to make all of its products at its Traverse City facility.

Their products are also available at tasting rooms in Leland, on Traverse City’s Front Street and in Frankenmuth, with another tasting room coming soon at Black Star Farms.


Online: Grand Traverse Distillery

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