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Handmade Booze: Distilling True Spirits in Corktown

April 4, 2014

Dave Pickerell was the master distiller and vice president of operations at world renowned whisky producer, Maker’s Mark, for 14 years. These days, he’s a globe-trotting consultant dedicated to helping upstart distilleries.

Pickerell has assisted the Two James distillery in Corktown, which he says is one of the most impressive new facilities in the country.

He’s back in Detroit this weekend to lead a series of workshops on making spirits at Two James. Those who attend will leave with a diploma and a liter barrel filled with the product they distilled.

Pickerell tells WDET’s Travis Wright why he left Maker’s Mark to become a trusted adviser in the craft spirits world.