It all started with a visit to Plum Market in West Bloomfield to take part in their Journeyman Distillery tasting last month. The market was gracious enough to invite Nick, on behalf of his blog Nick Drinks, as well as myself to learn more about this Michigan distillery in Three Oaks.
What ended up happening, after many tasty samples, was the two of us becoming quick fans of the brand and lining up a tour of the distillery on our way home from the Renegade Craft Fair just a few short days later.
Three Oaks is a quiet small town located about an hour outside on Chicago on the Michigan side. Taking up residence in the historic EK Warren Historic Featherbone Factory, the building once played home to the manufacturing of buggy whips and corsets under the guidance of temperance (ironic, eh?) believer E. K. Warren.
The distillery has been there for about two years and has taken steps to preserve the building’s historic look and feel while still providing a home to their modern, organic operation. Our tour gave us the chance to see the stills in action as well as learn about how their spirits are made. And of course, enjoy more tasty samples.
Journeyman also features a wonderful bar and small restaurant. There were several scrumptious veggie-friendly options, like this beautiful heirloom tomato appetizer.
The distillery offers a lot of fun events throughout the year. While it’s super convenient for us metro Detroiters to make a point to visit to/from Chicago, it’s totally worth heading west for a visit all on its own. My personal favorite from Journeyman? Silver Cross Whiskey.
If you’re in the mood for more tastings at Plum, keep an eye on their blog.