The next step in our Journey: Staymaker


If you have been to the distillery in the past eight months, you probably noticed some construction going on. On September 30 we began another chapter in the Journeyman story. That day we opened a new full-service restaurant, Staymaker, just in time for our 4-year anniversary celebration on October 3.

Staymaker takes its name from our location in the historic Featherbone Factory and the building’s past as a production facility for corsets. A staymaker was a person who made corsets.

We have long wanted to add a full-service restaurant to the distillery to expand our dining options. We have also been running our two stills at near-capacity and have been needing a second production space to keep ahead of demand. So when the northern half of the Featherbone Factory became available last year, we jumped at the opportunity to address both of those needs.

The 125-seat restaurant offers an inventive twist on classic dishes, making use of local ingredients whenever possible. The spirit of the distillery is apparent in many of the dishes. Our Detroit-style pizzas, a rectangular deep dish pizza with a unique baking method that creates a highly-caramelized crust, features a choice of crusts made from the same grain bills that go into our Last Feather Rye and Featherbone Bourbon. The mussels are steamed in our apple cider liqueur, Old Country Goodness (O.C.G.) and the olives on the Journeyman Pizza are brined in the botanicals used to flavor Bilberry Black Hearts Gin.

Six taps have been installed to offer cocktails and coffee on draft. Currently on tap are O.C.G., a negroni americano, a Buggy Whip Wheat-based cocktail with added hops, and nitro coffee. The coffee is a proprietary blend made for the restaurant by Chicago’s Sparrow Coffee Roastery.

The restaurant offers a unique dining experience with the tables overlooking the new production facility at the northern end of the building. The first and second floors have been cut out in the production area to accommodate the larger equipment, creating a vast open space. You can walk right up to metal railings and peer down at the distillers at work.

Staymaker will celebrate its official grand opening on October 31. The celebration will include a small release of our cask-strength wheat whiskey, Corsets, Whips and Whiskey.

The renovation also includes a 500-person event space perfect for weddings and corporate meetings above the original distillery. Staymaker has its own dedicated entrances but may also be accessed through the original distillery and tasting room.

We hope to see you at Staymaker soon and look forward to serving you.