161 Vester Ave., Ferndale; 248-629-9951; valentinedistilling.com
Rifino Valentine continues to blaze the trail for craft distilleries in Michigan, and along the way he's producing some of the finest vodka, gin, and whiskey we've tasted. This year, Valentine Vodka earned the honor of World's Best Vodka at the 2016 World Vodka Awards. "I've always appreciated the American craftsman; working by hand, making one-of-a-kind items that stand the test of time," Valentine says. "In distillation, this means selecting the best ingredients, distilling in small batches, and taking care in every single step of the process." You can enjoy the fruits of his labor and take a tour at Valentine Distilling's Vester Avenue cocktail lounge in downtown Ferndale, and find the spirits at numerous bars and liquor stores, too.
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