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Great Lakes Distillery & Tasting Room

About us

Great Lakes Distillery is Wisconsin's original distillery, calling Milwaukee home since our founding by Guy Rehorst in 2004. Nestled in the heart of the vibrant city of Milwaukee, our distillery stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to producing high-quality, handcrafted spirits that capture the essence of the Midwest. As the first distillery to open in the state since Prohibition, we have been trailblazers for the Wisconsin Craft Spirits industry of today.

We are more than just a distillery; we are the embodiment of passion, craftsmanship, and the pursuit of exceptional spirits. Our skilled artisans combine time-honored techniques with modern expertise, resulting in a unique array of spirits that pay homage to the region’s rich agricultural heritage while pushing the boundaries of flavor exploration. From our meticulously selected ingredients sourced from local farmers, to our two small batch copper stills, every step of our production process is a labor of love. We take pride in crafting spirits that tell a story – the story of the land, its people, and our relentless pursuit of excellence.

But we’re more than just spirits; we’re a community. Our tasting room serves as a hub of discovery, where enthusiasts and newcomers alike can gather to learn about the art of distillation, explore our range of spirits, and experience the warmth of our hospitality. Whether you’re savoring a thoughtfully crafted cocktail in our cozy tasting room, or joining us for a guided tour, you’re not just a guest – you’re part of our extended family.

As stewards of the environment, we prioritize sustainability and responsible practices. We’re committed to minimizing our ecological footprint, supporting local initiatives, and giving back to the community that has embraced us from day one. Thank you for joining us on this spirited adventure. We invite you to explore our website, discover our diverse portfolio of spirits, and learn more about our story.

From the heart of the Midwest to enthusiasts around the world, we raise our glasses to you – the ones who appreciate the artistry and soul that make Great Lakes Distillery truly exceptional. Cheers to craftsmanship, camaraderie, and the pursuit of unparalleled taste!

The Great Lakes Distillery Team