Our Story

Born out of the belief that family, friends and community are essential parts of life, Two James is far more than just an extraordinary product. Two James commemorates the exceptional lives of two great men who through hard work, perseverance and passion for life, were able to leave lasting impressions on the people they loved and the communities in which they lived.

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.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Spirit of Detroit!

Meet the Founder

David Landrum

Founder

David is a native of the Metro area and amorous about the city of Detroit. Originally an art history and studio art major, David turned his passion for creativity towards the food and wine business and honed his skills as a sommelier, mixologist and all around spirit snob. After 14 years in the business mixing up cocktails and procuring wines from around the world, David set his sights on making a spirit that he could call his own. A unique small batch spirit that is made grain to bottle, with local ingredients and lots of love.

Joe Lordon

Joe Lordon

Head Distiller

With a passion for Michigan made products, and a philosophy that values quality over quantity, Joe found his way to Two James Spirits in May of 2014. After four years of building guitars in Tennessee he returned to Michigan and redirected his career from the music industry to the spirits industry, two of his passions. For Joe, making a product that showcases the unique flavors and creativity that his home state has to offer is a true labor of love. He lives in New Hudson, MI with his wife, Erica, and boxer, Louie. Go Wings

Terry Bishop

Terry Bishop

Production Lead

Terry holds a bachelors degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University and has been a main cog in the wheel of Two James since 2014. When not cranking out delicious juice or blending rum barrels, you can find him playing guitar and spending time with his wife Emily and dog Porter.

Patrick Sheufelt

Patrick Sheufelt

Distiller

After working as a paramedic for several years, Pat left the medical field to serve his fellow man in a different way, by making innovative righteous spirits. An avid do-it-yourselfer Pat is no stranger to working with his hands. In his free time he loves to build furniture, fix cars and listen to the smooth melodic sounds of death metal.

Loretta Lucas

Loretta Lucas

Event Planner / Tasting Room Coordinator

Detroit native Loretta Lucas, joined the Two James team just in time for the Grand Opening in 2013. Her favorite cocktail in our Tasting Room is the Ramos Gin Fizz, although she is partial to an Old Fashioned. Loretta enjoys lively debates with our friends and regulars, playing music, and fantasizing about having super powers. She likes to spend her free time eating mostly, and her favorite food is pizza. Loretta is a Sagittarius.

Ben Senseney

Ben Senseney

Administrative Assistant / Sales

After growing up in the small farming community of Tecumseh, Ben decided to explore the world by joining the United States Marines Corps. After serving his time protecting this great nation from foreign threats Ben decided it was the domestic side of the world that could now benefit from his expertise. First he was hired to clean up the Double Deuce, the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Ben might not look like much, but the PhD educated bouncer proved he‘s more than capable by busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. However, Ben’s romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay put him on the bad side of cut-throat local big shot Brad Wesley. After the dispatching of Mr. Wesley and the breathtaking Dr. Clay no longer in mortal danger, Ben had decided to take his talents to Detroit where he currently helps run one of the finest establishments in the city.

Andreas Joseph

Andreas Joseph

Ambassador of Buzz

Two James’ Ambassador of Buzz, Andreas Joseph, joined the team in 2013. After graduating from Parsons School of Design with a degree in Design and Management, Andreas spent time abroad in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East practicing photography. He is passionate about all things food and drink and can regularly be found in our Tasting Room getting the party started. Andreas is a Scorpio and fan of Eddie Murphy... his music, not his comedy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are your hours of operation?

    Mon-Wed: Noon to 11pm
    Thur: Noon to 12pm
    Fri-Sat: Noon-1am
    Sun: Noon-8pm

    *Any special holiday hours will be posted on our social media channels and our website**

  • What is an industry tour and when are they?

    For our brethren in the Hospitality industry we offer Industry tours by appointment. Contact ben@twojames.com

  • Distribution Partners

    Our spirits are distributed by CT-Brescome Barton, DC- Winebow/Country Vintner, DE- Winebow/Country Vintner, IL-Tenzing, MD- Winebow/Country Vintner, MI- Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, NJ- Blueprint Spirits, NY- Blueprint Spirits, OR- Control State Solutions, TX- Pioneer Wine, and WA- Control State Solutions.

  • Are you on Social Media?

    We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Friend, follow, add, and stalk us on any of those channels. We don’t judge.

  • Do you ship your spirits?

    We are unable to ship our spirits directly due to state regulations, but our spirits can be purchased on www.binnys.com

  • DO YOU HAVE PARKING AVAILABLE?

    Yes. We have a secured parking lot off of 16th Street, near the east side of our building. We also have ample and well-lit street parking in front of the distillery.

  • When do you offer distillery tours?

    We offer distillery tours on the following days and times:

    Fridays – 6pm
    Saturdays – 1:30pm & 3pm
    Sundays – 3pm

    You can pick your date, time, and pay for your reservation through our tour tab above. We also do private tours for larger groups. If you need more information about private tours, please contact loretta.lucas@twojames.com.

  • Where can I submit my artwork for your walls?

    We rotate the art in our tasting room quarterly.  If you are an artist with large format work that you would be interested in showing, please email us with your portfolio at loretta.lucas@twojames.com

  • Where can I buy your spirits?

    Currently you can find Two James Spirits at grocery and liquor stores, bars and restaurants throughout Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas Washington DC, and Washington State. We are constantly adding new states and retailers to our portfolio to better serve you. If you live in Michigan you can also purchase bottles directly through our Tasting Room during normal hours of operation. And if your favorite liquor store does not carry our products please ask them to order it for you, it will give you easier accessibility and give our product a wider reach.

  • How can I keep tabs on you guys?

    We regularly update our blog on this website, and all of our social media channels listed. We also release a newsletter once a month with all the news that will fit, along with any special promotions and products we happen to be crafting.

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Two James Spirits
2445 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

For sales and distribution inquiries contact Joe Lordon
joe.lordon@twojames.com

For private tour and event inquires contact Loretta Lucas, Event Director:
loretta.lucas@twojames.com

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