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Detroit City Distillery Opening In Eastern Market

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A craft distillery and tasting room in Detroit's Eastern Market is finally opening its doors this weekend.

Detroit City Distillery is hosting a grand opening celebration Friday and Saturday.

The business' mission is to produce spirits and cocktails using Michigan ingredients. It's led by John Paul Jerome and Chuck Gellasch.

Jerome previously worked as a quality control expert at Bell's Brewery, and Gellasch was bar manager of the Detroit cocktail bar, Sugar House.

Detroit City Distillery sells whiskey and bourbon for $55 a bottle. Vodka is $35. Gin and other small batch experimental spirits are planned in the coming months. Cocktails range in price from $7 to $12.

The business doesn't have a kitchen, although Jerome and Gellasch hope to eventually add small-plate meals to their lineup.

The grand opening is 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Regular hours will be 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. The distillery also plans to open on Sundays during Detroit Lions home games.

The distillery is located at 2462 Riopelle Street.

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