Returning Spirit to its Origin
Welcome to Iron Fish Distillery! We have two terrific tour options for you to consider. Both tours give you a sense of the journey to bring life and spirit back to the farm. Our inspiration comes from the Steelhead fish that return to their origin each year along the nearby Betsie River. Your tour provides an insider view of how Iron Fish returns spirit to its origin, with heritage style spirits, drawn from the soil and water, and distilled from grain grown on this land originally settled in 1887. Four years ago, our family reclaimed an abandoned farmstead and transformed it into Michigan’s first farm distillery. Today, we create a full line of exceptional spirits crafted from soil to spirit, featuring locally-harvested grain, distilled in small batches to capture the essence of northern Michigan in every bottle.
We offer two tour packages below:
During your one hour tour of the distillery and farm you’ll travel back to the 1890s when our land first became a working farm. Your journey will carry you through the origin of Iron Fish and into the Rick House where whiskey ages for years to come. You’ll explore every step of our soil-to-spirit process from growing and harvesting our own grain, to milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and bottling our spirits. Your tour concludes with a tasting of our spirits including our award-winning Michigan Wheat Vodka and Michigan Woodland Gin, as well as our cask-aged Dark Rum and Maple Syrup Barrel Bourbon. You’ll leave our farm with an embossed Iron Fish Distillery tasting glass as a reminder of your unforgettable experience.
Distillery tours are $12 per person 21 years of age or older. Minors may join the tour free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times (no registration required for children under 21 when accompanied by adults)
Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the start of your tour and register at the bar where you will meet your tour guide. Anyone not checking in by the start of the tour is subject to forfeiting the reserved spot for other visitors on the waiting list.
We recommend you book your tickets advance. Each tour is limited to 16 people (including minors). Our online reservation system provides a secure method for booking your tour. Reservations are accepted up to two months in advance on a first-come first serve basis. In the event a tour has space available, walk in customers may register at the bar immediately prior to the starting time. All sales are final. If you need to reschedule a booked tour, please call us at (231) 378-3474.
Private Estate Tour Package
Minimum booking of 2 per party. Private Estate tours are limited to 8 people.
Plan on spending approximately 1 ½ hours on the tour. Please wear closed toe shoes.
$50.00 per person (includes gratuity)
Come get lost down a dirt road; Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first and only farm distillery! Deep in the north woods of Michigan, our 120-acre farm is nestled within the Betsie River watershed. Our fields are dedicated to GMO free varietals of Jupiter Wheat, and Winter Rye and our farming practices are environmentally third party verified.
Your tour will trace the footsteps of our farming linage; a step-by-step exploration of our farm and distilling practices including milling, mashing, fermentation, and distillation. Each of your senses will have the chance to experience the spirits crafted right here on the farm. In the quiet resonance of our Rick House, your group will have the rare opportunity to proof and compare the taste from two whiskey casks. Leave the farm with your favorite whiskey captured in a 200ml.
Included in tour package:
- Farm and distillery tour
- Barrel draw and tasting
- 1 200ml whiskey bottle from the cask of your choice
- 1 custom Iron Fish dram glass
Interested in bringing your organization to the distillery for a tour? We can arrange special times for a VIP tour of large groups. We can accommodate tour buses and motor coaches, convention groups, company retreats and staff outings. Contact Richard Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info and to book your tour.