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Here come the wheat whiskies

The Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks, Mich., manufactured two of the biggest necessities of the late 19th century—corsets and buggy whips. Now repurposed as a distillery, its 100% Michigan-grown wheat whiskey is far more au courant.


We Asked Bartenders To Name Their Favorite Whiskeys For Fall Old Fashioneds

Journeyman Last Feather Rye Whiskey. An old fashioned highlights its robust spiciness and notes of banana and other fruit perfectly. As an added bonus it’s organic and kosher.


Best Craft Distillery in the country? Michigan on several lists in national poll

USA Today 10Best nominated Journeyman in the top 10 for craft vodka distilleries in the U.S.


Journeyman Distillery to move bottling to Valparaiso

The first big step to Journeyman Distillery opening its Valparaiso facility was made Thursday as the Michigan-based liquor maker revealed plans to bottle its product in town.


American Whiskey: 10 Best Bourbons Beyond Kentucky

Made in Michigan using only organic grains, the Featherbone bourbon is a well-balanced, complex expression perfect for sipping or for mixing into some delicious cocktails.


James Beard Foundation | 2019 #smartcatch leader

Smart Catch is an educational sustainable seafood program created by chefs for chefs with the purpose of increasing the sustainability of the seafood supply chain. With more than 90 percent of the world's fisheries either fully fished or overfished, preserving marine life to assure stable fishing stocks and promoting sustainably farmed options is more important than ever.


2018 & Older


Four Kings Blended Whiskey Review – The Whiskey Reviewer (April 2017)
Journeyman Silver Cross Whiskey Review – The Whiskey Wash (December 2015)
Journeyman Featherbone Bourbon Review – The Whiskey Wash (December 2015)
Journeyman Three Oaks Single Malt Review – The Whiskey Wash (August 2015)
Journeyman Featherbone Bourbon Review – The Whiskey Wash (August 2015)
Journeyman W.R. Whiskey Review – The Whiskey Reviewer (November 2013)
Journeyman Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey Review – The Whiskey Reviewer (September 2013)




James Beard Foundation - Smart Catch Award (2018)
The Game-Changing Gins of the Midwest - Wine Enthusiast (2018)


Journeyman Distillery – New Buffalo Explored (2017)
The Flat at Journeyman Distillery – New Buffalo Explored (2017)
Staymaker Restaurant  – New Buffalo Explored (2017)
Best Gin: The Largest Tasting of Gin in the World – The Fifty Best (June 2017)
What to expect at Theater on the Lake – Crain’s Chicago Business (June 2017)
The ‘Average’ Chicago Wedding Is Supposedly $60,000. That’s Insane. – Chicagoist (May 2017)
We’re visiting Holland and Muskegon next on our tour of Michigan Craft Distilleries – MLive (May 2017)
Michigan’s Best explores Southwest Michigan craft distilleries today – MLive (May 2017)
In High Spirits: Local distillers explain how to enjoy their best libations – REVUE (May 2017)
Journeyman Distillery to host biggest artisan fair yet – NWI Times (April 2017)
5 Drive Worthy Destinations for Your Next Spring Fling – InsideHook (March 2017)
Three Oaks Sesquicentennial Celebration to kick off with Jan. 21 party – Harbor Country News (January 2017)


Mixing Glass: Lavender Gimlet – Great Lakes By Designs (2016)
Rich Profile – Great Lakes By Designs (2016)
Food Journeyman Distillery’s newest cocktail with Staymaker restaurant – South Bend Tribune (November 2016)
Distillers’ Choice: Booze purveyors talk about their favorite spirits and cocktails – REVUE (October 2016)
Journeyman Distillery founder took took circuitous route to Three Oaks – Herald Palladium (September 2016)
Journeyman Distillery named to USA Today’s list of top craft vodka and rum distilleries – Flavor 574 (September 2016)
10 Best Craft Rum Distilleries – USA Today (September 2016)
10 Best Craft Vodka Distilleries – USA Today (September 2016)
Journeyman Distillery Tour and Tasting Review – Craft at its Finest – Splash Magazine, Chicago (August 2016)
Eat and drink your way through 10 wildly underrated Midwest road trips – RedEye, Chicago (August 2016)
2016 Readers Choice Award Best Local Distillery – South Bend Tribune (August 2016)
Loving lavender in homemade ice cream or a gimlet – Flavor 574 (August 2016)
An Industrial Style Shoot At Journeyman Distillery – Wedding Day (May 2016)
PGA Championship Program (May 2016)
Your Ultimate Guide To The 2016 Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival – Chicagoist (April 2016)
Cheers! Sazerac with a Michigan wry(e) twist – Michigan Radio (April 2016)
Toast of the Town: 18 of the Best Rye Whiskey Brands – The COOLEST (March 2016)
New American Whiskeys For 2016 – The Whiskey Reviewer (February 2016)
10 Great Bourbons Distilled Outside of Kentucky – The Men’s Journal (January 2016)

2015 & Older

4 Local Spirit Makers Distill What’s New In Their Businesses – Second Wave, South West Michigan (November 2015)
Journeyman Distillery blazes ahead with big expansion – NWI Times (November 2015)
Spirits Rising: Craft distilleries emerging in West Michigan – REVUE (November 2015)
Staymaker opens in Three Oaks – Flavor 574 (October 2015)
7 Michigan Distilleries to Lift Your Spirits – A Healthier Michigan (October 2015)
18 Great Bottles of Bourbon Made Outside Kentucky – EATER (August 2015)
August Beer And Booze News – REVUE (August 2015)
Whiskey Age: It Is Just A Number Folks – The Whiskey Wash (July 2015)
10 Distilleries You Can’t Miss – Mixer Direct (July 2015)
Journeyman Three Oaks Single Malt Whiskey Aims To Amaze – The Whiskey Wash (June 2015)
Journeyman Distillery one of four craft distilleries collaborating on special blend – Flavor 574 (June 2015)
Is distilled liquor the next craft beer in Kalamazoo? – MLive (May 2015)
2015 Spring Trends in Drinking: More flavors, ingredients and methodology than ever! – NWI Times (April 2015)
Berries to barrels, when Journeyman says local, it means local – Chicago Tribune (April 2015)
The 8 Best Drinking Pilgrimages Near Chicago – Thrillist (April 2015)
5 American Craft Whiskey Makers Worth Keeping An Eye On – The Whiskey Wash (March 2015)
Distilleries want to be the next big thing in Southwest Michigan – Second Wave, South West Michigan (March 2015)
West Michigan Whiskey 101 – REVUE (March 2015)
Journeyman Distillery sets release date for Federalist 12 Whiskey – Michigan City News Dispatch (January 2015)
The 12 Best Distilleries In And Around Chicago – Chicagoist (January 2015)
10 Best Bourbons Not From Kentucky – Gear Patrol (November 2014)
Cider Of The Month: Old Country Goodness – Chicagoist (November 2014)
Industry Chat: Bill Welter of Journeyman Distillery – The Hop Review (November 2014)
Martini Madness: People for the Ethical Treatment of Vodka – Daily Beast (July 2014)
Behind the Bar: The Silver Sour with Journeyman Distillery – Flavor 574 (July 2014)
Bourbon Is Back – Hour Detroit (May 2014)
The 9 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago – Chicagoist (April 2014)
Four Kings Collaboration Whiskey – Whiskey Advocate (April 2014)
Savor the Flavors of West Michigan’s Distilleries – REVUE (March 2014)
Let craft distilleries end your dependence on foreign alcohol – NWI Times (November 2012)
One Sip: Journeyman Distillery’s Featherbone Bourbon – Chicago Reader (October 2012)
20 UNDER 40: Bill Welter – NWI Times (September 2012)
Bill Welter owner/operator, Journeyman craft distillery, Q&A with Bob Benenson – Diary of a Hop Head (September 2012)
Journeyman Distillery mixes it up in Three Oaks – NWI Times (November 2011)
Behind the Scenes at Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks, Michigan – Serious Eats (November 2011)