The history of three oaks, the Featherbone Factory
& Journeyman Distillery
1847 | EK Warren was born in Ludlow, Vermont
1850 | Three Oaks, Michigan was Settled by Henry Chamberlain
Originally called Chamberlain’s Siding, the name was eventually changed to Three Oaks as Three Oak trees served as a guidepost for train engineers. None of the original three oaks remain today; the last was cut down nearly 100 years ago.
1864 | Warren begins working for Henry Chamberlin
1867 | Three Oaks becomes a Village
1883 | Innovation at the Feather Bone Factory
EK Warren, a staunch prohibitionist, founded the historic building that we now occupy as a Buggy Whip and Corsets factory. He revolutionized the manufacturing of corsets with the use of the softer featherbone, over the stiffer whalebone for corsets in the late 19th century. EK Warren’s success reached worldwide attention putting Three Oaks, Michigan on the map.
2000 | Bill Travels to Scotland
Bill Welter traveled to St. Andrews to gain a better understanding about the game of golf and its origins. Along the way he met Greg Ramsay and developed a passion for Scotch Whisky.
2010 | Bill Travels to Tasmania
2010 | Bill & Chuck welter team up to buy THE Featherbone Factory & renovations begin
Bill bought the old Featherbone Factory on Generations Drive in Three Oaks, MI and began rehabbing it to house his own organic craft distillery.
2010 | Renovations completed & Journeyman distills first batch of Rye Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery Opens
Since opening the fall of 2011, Journeyman added new products, the distillery prides itself on using the highest quality grains sourced from Midwestern organic farmers.
2012 | Distribution begins in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, & New Jersey
Since 2012 we have continued in expanding our distribution reach and currently have distribution plans in the works. To find our spirits at a location near you, check out our Spirit Locator Page!