craft cocktails

7:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

City bankruptcy doesn't mean Detroit business at a dead stop

The Detroit City Distillery will open at Eastern Market in late June or early July. The business indicates it will use Michigan grain in its whiskey, gin, and vodka. It will use produce from the farmers market.
Credit Tammy Coxen

The City of Detroit might be going through bankruptcy, but the commerce of Detroit is growing in some areas. A new business that will open this summer is the latest in a fast-growing trend.

Tucked away in the Eastern Market on Riopelle Street is a nondescript building. Go through the squeaky, jail-like door and you'll see one of Michigan’s newest whiskey, gin, and vodka distillers, the Detroit City Distillery.

Right now, though, it’s mostly a dusty construction site. There are no whiskey barrels here- yet. They’re stored at a licensed facility. There’s no copper pot still- yet. It’s being manufactured in Germany right now.

But they do have a classic wooden bar. Michael Forsyth and his partners found it in a vacant storefront in downtown Detroit and bought it.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Your rankings for the 7 best craft cocktail bars in Michigan

The Last Word of Ann Arbor is in first place as the best place to find a craft cocktail in Michigan
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

You have spoken.

We received 12,341 votes for the best craft cocktail bar in Michigan.*

Here are the top three.

1. The Last Word, Ann Arbor: 5,376 votes

2. The Oakland, Ferndale: 4,343 votes

3. Sugar House, Detroit: 1,940 votes

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