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"We pride ourselves on sourcing local Michigan agriculture whenever possible because it's our home. And
being small-town farm boys, we have seen firsthand
what can happen to the local farmer when companies
look elsewhere for ingredients ... As long as we are in
business, we will pour our profits back into the local
economy whenever possible."
To further reflect the pairing of yesterday and today, the distillery is located in Detroit's Eastern Market,
which first opened in 1841. Not satisfied simply to locate
there, Detroit City Distillery also procures ingredients
from Market producers-local fruit and produce, and
spices from Germack, a 100-year-old spice company.
"For 150 years, people have traveled to Eastern
Market because they wanted to have a relationship
with their farmer or butcher or wanted to know where
their food came from," says Forsyth. "These are our
customers and the types of businesses we collaborate
with and respect."
Another Eastern Market claim to fame makes it an
ideal location for a distillery: it was the epicenter of Prohibition in Detroit! "It has an amazing history of making
alcohol-whether it was legal or not," said Forsyth.
Supporting local is all well and good, but warm
fuzzies are hard to swallow if the products don't taste
good. Apparently, DCD products are both gratifying to
support and easy to swallow. This includes Gilded Age
Vodka, Homegrown Rye, Railroad Gin, Butcher's Cut
Bourbon and Peacemaker Gin, plus new, small-batch
products released regularly.
"Consumer response continues to exceed our expectations," says Forsyth. "We are humbled by the amount
of positive feedback and the insane following DCD has
developed over the past five years." For example, the
distillery released three small-batch bourbons during
the 2018 holiday season, and all three sold out in less
than 24 hours. By the third release, customers queued
up hours before the event.
The Eastern Market location includes a tasting
room with lots of cocktails (originals, classics and no-alcohol), spirit flights and small plates such as cheese,
smoked fish and gourmet popcorn.
As a sign of the distillery's popularity, it recently expanded to a second location nearby, a historic site built
by Goebel Brewing Co. in the 1930s. At the new location,
dubbed "The Whiskey Factory," customers can take a
distillery tour and sample a range of spirits: vodka, gin,
brandy and whiskey, including new and aging whiskey
under development in the rack house.
In many ways, Detroit City Distillery produces a
cocktail of history and contemporary spirit.
2462 Riopelle St., Detroit
DetroitCityDistillery.com

THE LOOK AND TASTE OF
DETROIT CITY
The distillery is proud of its use
of "sourcing local Michigan
agriculture whenever possible"
for its array of spirits.

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