The Spirit of Detroit

Detroit’s First Distillery Since Prohibition

82 Proof
Old Cockney is a contemporary style gin crafted from a base of organic winter wheat. The botanical blend of coriander and orange peel provide nice floral and citrus aromas and flavors, which are balanced by spice from black peppercorn and earthy elements from orris root, angelica root and gentian root. Our gin possesses heavy juniper, but pine notes serve as an undertone in the flavor profile. The result is a dry, smooth gin with a unique but harmonious balance of flavors—a true cocktail connoisseur’s gin. 82 Proof
Two James Old Cockney Gin


91 Proof
Just like our Old Cockney Gin we use a proprietary blend of botanicals and an all organic wheat base. We then rest our gin in new American oak barrels for a minimum of 6 months before we bottle. The oak aging adds a very subtle toasted vanilla note and accentuates the citrus peel. Martinez drinkers beware, you have never met it’s equal.
Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin


91 Proof
Grass Widow Bourbon contains a unique high rye mash bill of 36% Rye, 60% Corn and 4% Barley. This delicious bourbon possesses intriguing levels of spice and complexity. The hazelnut and dried raisin notes are results of our proprietary Madeira Barrique finishing. Two James is excited to become a part of and honor the glory of Detroit’s whiskey roots with the resurrection of the Grass Widow name.
Two James Grass Widow Bourbon


101 Proof
We welcome you to taste our first expression of field-to-bottle whiskey. This Double Gold winner (2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition), un-aged, Michigan rye possesses character beyond its years. Distilled from 100% locally grown rye grain from Wing Farms in Ann Arbor, Rye Dog possesses floral and citrus notes with a round mouth feel. Call me Rye Dog!
Two James Rye Dog


98.8 Proof
Distilled from 100% Michigan rye and pure water from the Great Lakes, Catcher’s Rye is a testament to the grain’s distinctive terroir. Each drop is artfully produced and aged for a minimum of two years in traditional, charred new American oak 53 gallon barrels. With delicious spice notes and a subtle fig finish, Catcher’s Rye proves there is no substitute for time or proportion. This is a labor of love, accept no phonies.
Catcher’s Rye Whiskey


87 Proof
Johnny Smoking Gun is a story of East–Meets-West. This is a whiskey crafted specifically to compliment the “umami” of the rich pork and fish broths of Japanese cuisine. Possessing intriguing smoke character from a two-stage maceration with a proprietary blend of Asian tea, this blend of 60% 7-year corn and 40% young rye will surely not disappoint. Enjoy and prosper!
Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey


91 Proof
Two James Spirits is proud to announce the release of our newest spirit, J. Riddle Peated Bourbon. This unique spirit pairs the sweet robust flavor of corn bourbon with the elegant smokiness of single malt whiskey. The mash bill possesses subtle notes of vanilla, buttered popcorn, sea salt, fresh cut grass and light smoke. What started off as an experimental mix of grains developed into a delicious bourbon unlike any other on the market. Distilled on-site from 79% Michigan Corn and 21% Scottish Barley and aged in full-format 53-gallon new American oak barrels, we are excited to release our first barrels and for you to savor and enjoy!
J. Riddle Peated Bourbon


120 Proof
We are excited to bring the Green Fairy to Detroit and the Great Lakes Region with the release of our Nain Rouge Absinthe Verte. Starting with a traditional 19th century French recipe we distill Wormwood, Fennel, Green Anise, and over 100 pounds of botanicals to create a spirit that has an unfathomable depth of flavor and complexity. Colored with peppermint, hyssop and nettle to produce a beautiful rich earthy green color.
Nain Rouge Absinthe Verte


96 Proof
We are excited to release our Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven. Distilled in Oaxaca, Mexico (NOM-0120X) in partnership with Pierde Almas and bottled under the Dos Jaimes name, our Mezcal is made from a blend of espadín, wild tepeztate and wild tobalá agave plants. Made from 100% agave in compliance with the laws and regulations of the Mexican government.
Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven


82 Proof
28 Island Vodka is carefully crafted from a blend of 70% corn and 30% organic winter wheat and distilled with the finest American-made copper pot still. The result is a remarkably smooth, balanced spirit with a hint of sweetness that makes an excellent addition to both classic and modern cocktails. The name references the 28 islands of the Detroit River that served as safe haven for Detroit’s clandestine distillers of the prohibition era.
Two James 28 Island Vodka


100 Proof
Because of our belief in the importance of local agriculture and the fact that sugar cane isn’t readily available in Michigan, we decided to take our Rum project to the Caribbean, and the “Land of Wood and Water”. We import several different Jamaican rums and ship them back to our distillery in Detroit where they are artfully blended and aged in special Moscatel barrique. The result is a high esther flavor bomb of incredible length and complexity. The Doctor is most definitely IN!
Doctor Bird Rum


Two James is located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and is the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition. Two James is committed to producing only the highest quality environmentally conscious handmade spirits utilizing locally sourced agricultural products with the aim of revitalizing the community and reinforcing the craft product movement.

Our Tasting Room

The tasting room offers tasting flights and cocktails made with all craft spirits produced in house, as well as sale of bottles and cases of Two James spirits to go.


Fantastic! Took the tour and learned a lot about their history and processes. Their cocktails are also delicious. Their staff are very knowledgeable and sweet. Would definitely go back for a cocktail before an event in Detroit.

Claire Wroblewski

Great place for craft cocktails. They feature their own whiskey, gin, rum, and absinthe. It’s slower during the day. Happy Hour starts at 3 pm and it’s great to talk with the bartenders!

Joe Adams

Great spirits distilled on the spot. We enjoyed the bar, the dj spinning was cool, and the people there were welcoming and great to talk to. I highly recomended this place.

Kenyon Kluge

Visiting from Austin I have to say this is one of the best distillery experiences I’ve had. Great array of cocktails for each one of their spirits and every time I’ve gone I’ve picked up a bottle since it’s so unique compared to what you get at pretty much any other distillery. Catcher in the Rye is an incredible whiskey, I can’t wait to see it show up in Texas one day.

John Hogan

Seriously, great quality liquor and great drink options on the menu. So awesome to have places like this improving parts of the city.

Jeff Birchmeier

All of their drinks are spectacular. Their liquor made in house is absolutely delicious. I love their gin especially. They kick the garage doors open in summer and it has a beautiful vibe. Get yourself here!

Mike Hathaway

Awesome cocktails in a chill environment. Might miss it if you are driving by, but worth stopping in. We live in Ann Arbor and frequently drive here to enjoy the drinks and atmosphere! Do the $15 tour, definitely worth it!

Lisa Bradley

Came here against my will by my co-workers. I don’t really drink but have cognac or whiskey from time to time. Tried there very own hand made bourbon. Instantly fell in love. Plus they have personal tours of the distillery.

Lo La

Had some great drink’s at the really cool bar area, and also went on a tour of the distillery and tasted most of the products! The staff is some of the friendliest people around. If you are in Detroit and like good spirits you definitely should check out Two James.

Jeremiah Grogan

Great place. The staff here works hard and it shows. The service is great for this place being somewhat busy. The drinks are awesome and we’ll made. Love the rye dog whiskey.

Brian Johnson

Some of the tastiest craft cocktails made with liquor distilled locally. Basically amazing.

Chelsea Yelick

The first licensed distillery in Deteoit since the Prohibition, this place is for those who like their drinks strong. The circular concrete bar gives the place a nice open ambiance. The drinks are fantastic, and the showmanship in preparing them is nice without being over the top. Get the deconstructed old fashioned. If you want something different, get the whiskey with a dashi broth chaser (that’s right, you chase the alcohol with a warm and salty broth!).

Ganj Beebani

Great place. The staff here works hard and it shows. The service is great for this place being somewhat busy. The drinks are awesome and we’ll made. Love the rye dog whiskey.

Brian Johnson

Great space with great spirits and energy! The cocktails are delicious and not too pricy. I also like that they host local pop-ups on a regular basis. I have heard they have a tour that includes a lot of tastes. Really looking forward to taking the tour someday.

Kelsey Waugh


BEST OF CATEGORY, Catchers Rye  Gold
United States Rye Distiller of the year
Berlin International Spirits Competition2017

BEST OF SHOW, Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin

DOUBLE GOLD, Old Cockney Gin

SILVER MEDAL, Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven

BRONZE MEDAL, Catcher’s Rye Whiskey

BRONZE MEDAL, Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey

BRONZE MEDAL, 28 Island Vodka

Seattle International Spirits Awards2016

GOLD MEDAL, Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin

GOLD MEDAL, Nain Rouge Absinthe Verte

SILVER MEDAL, Catcher’s Rye Whiskey

SILVER MEDAL, Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven

San Francisco World Spirits Competition2016

GOLD MEDAL, Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven

SILVER MEDAL, Nain Rouge Absinthe Verte

BRONZE MEDAL, Catcher’s Rye Whiskey

BRONZE MEDAL, Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin

American Distilling Institute Judging2016

SILVER MEDAL, Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin

SILVER MEDAL, Nain Rouge Absinthe Verte

SILVER MEDAL, Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey

BRONZE MEDAL, Catcher’s Rye Whiskey

American Craft Spirits Association Judging2016

SILVER MEDAL, Two James 28 Island Vodka

BRONZE MEDAL, Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey

American Craft Spirits Association Judging2015

SILVER MEDAL, Johnny Smoking Gun Whiskey

San Francisco World Spirits Competition2015


SILVER MEDAL, 28 Island Vodka

SILVER MEDAL, Old Cockney Gin

SILVER MEDAL, Grass Widow Bourbon

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Packaging & Design, 28 Island Vodka

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Packaging & Design, Old Cockney Gin

San Francisco World Spirits Competition2014



GOLD MEDAL – Excellence in Packaging, Old Cockney Gin

SILVER MEDAL – Excellence in Packaging, Grass Widow Bourbon

American Distilling Institute 8th Annual Judging2014

Schedule a Tour

We offer distillery tours for $15 per person on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Included in the tour price are tastings of some of our spirits.  Space is limited so you will need to reserve your space and submit payment through paypal with our online booking system to hold your spot.

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