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The 2019 New York International Spirits Competition recently named Wise Men Distillery “Michigan Rum Distillery of the Year” and awarded us a Silver medal for our Red Tape Series Rum and Bronze for our Wise Men vodka.


Wise Men Distillery started with three friends, a dream, and a passion for quality spirits.

Taking that passion, the three started experimenting with a 100-gallon still. After painstakingly numerous tastes and tinkering, they produced a moonshine that was not only drinkable, but enjoyable. They discovered that moonshine didn’t have to leave you coughing, sputtering and with that throat burning sensation that most experience with their first taste of moonshine.

They quickly realized that the key to a crafting a great tasting spirit is to start with real, pure ingredients and to find each spirit’s sweet spot through a custom distillation method that leaves you with an exceptionally smooth, flavorful spirit.

After much planning, some fun experimentation and navigating through the complex liquor distillery laws, Wise Men Distillery produced its first official bottle, Apple Pie Moonshine, the inaugural bottle in its Red Tape Series. The Red Tape series is Wise Men’s finest spirits, hand-crafted in-house. Wise Men’s Apple Pie Moonshine is made from real Michigan apples and a blend of pure spices, including cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.

Wise Men now offers their Red Tape series Gin, and award winning Rum, in addition to their award winning Wise Men Vodka and a limited edition Maple Syrup Moonshine. And for you bourbon drinkers, have no fear, Red Tape Bourbon is aging slowly in the barrel room.

The tasting room is just that, a tasting room where liquor aficionados and thirsty patrons can kick back, sample Wise Men’s hand-crafted spirits, take a tour, learn about the art and science behind the craft and to just shoot the shit.