After several years of procrastination, I finally got it together and headed to Journeyman Distillery for their handmade organic (and mostly local) whiskies and spirits produced at the historic Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks, Michigan. The factory was originally owned by E.K. Warren, a staunch prohibitionist, which is such sweet irony. The factory is a nice-looking building and also houses the Acorn Theater. The interior of the distillery has been beautifully redone, showcasing the original factory floors, some modern touches, and an open, airy feel.
They offer a free tour and tasting every Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are made online and its unlikely you'll get in on a walk-in basis. All tours begin and end at their tasting bar. The tour includes an overview of the production process along with a unique historical perspective on the building itself. Most importantly, at the end of the tour, you’ll have a chance to sample Journeyman’s finest spirits.
The in-house bar serves cocktails and small bites. Since we were getting tastes at the end of our tour, we skipped this option, but the flights sound like a great way to drink across their spectrum if the tour isn't available. The White Flight ($3) consists of their Red Arrow Vodka, W.R. Whiskey, Road’s End Rum, Bilberry Black Hearts Gin, and Humdinger Jalapeno Spirit. The Whiskey Flight ($4) is made up of the W.R. Whiskey, Ravenswood Rye, Buggy Whip Wheat, Silver Cross, and Featherbone Bourbon.
Journeyman Distillery focuses on whiskey, though they also make vodka, gin, rum, and a surprisingly tasty bourbon-based Snaggle Tooth Coffee Liqueur (maybe my favorite - not too sweet!).
I'm really glad I made the trek over to Three Oaks to check out Journeyman Distillery - it's nice to see a company striving to do everything right, from the organic materials to the small batches to the welcoming vibe.
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