Wise Men Distillery, an award-winning label that has already landed regional distribution, has opened its new distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wise Men Distillery was founded by three friends – Tom Borisch, Jason Post and Zack Van Dyke – with a dream and a passion for quality spirits. The distillery’s tasting room features a rustic bar hewn from California Red Wood and a gift shop featuring the distillery’s unique brand of drinking glasses, tee shirts and hats.
“Our tasting room is a unique environment where liquor aficionados and thirsty patrons can kick back, sample our hand-crafted spirits, take a tour and learn about the art and science behind our craft,” said Borisch, general manager of Wise Men Distillery. “We’re excited to invite our customers to come in and taste our spirits and enjoy their experience.”
The distillery’s products have already garnered global recognition by the spirits trade industry, winning Michigan Rum Distillery of the Year, a silver medal for its Red Tape series rum and a bronze for its vodka at the prestigious 2019 New York International Spirits Competition.
Wise Men Distillery uses ingredients are locally sourced when possible, and include pure Lake Michigan water, tart apples from Northern Michigan, corn from West Michigan farms and rich maple syrup tapped from our state’s maple trees.
“Procuring local ingredients gives our spirits a sense of place and time and contributes to our story,” said Post, head distiller for Wise Men Distillery. “Crafting a great tasting spirit starts with real, pure ingredients, and then we find each spirit’s sweet spot through our custom distillation method. The results are exceptionally smooth, flavorful spirits.”
Wise Men Distillery began as an idea among the three friends who enjoyed fine spirits together.
“It really started with a friendship, a dream and a passion for quality spirits,” said Zack Van Dyke, CIO for Wise Men Distillery. “The result of our journey through research, experimentation and much sampling is an award winning distillery.
Wise Men Distillery spirits, vodka, white whiskey, rum and Apple Pie Moonshine, will be distributed at retailers and bars throughout Michigan. Wise Men Distillery’s tasting room will be open Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 10 p.m., and will offer small batches of its products vodka, rum, gin, white whiskey and Apple Pie Moonshine, in tasting flights, on the rocks or in one of its signature, hand-crafted cocktails.
- Vodka, Maple Whiskey $20 per fifth
- White Rum, Gin and Apple Pie Moonshine $25 per fifth.