Journeyman Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey
Bold and assertive, youthful, earthy flavors, nutty notes, spirituous, cereal notes, peanut butter, sweet, caramel, vegetal qualities – warming on the palate. Distilling Bourbon is classically American, which is why we named this whiskey Featherbone Bourbon after the innovative product once manufactured in this building a century ago at a time when manufacturing in Michigan was synonymous with American made. The Featherbone was a revolutionary product created and manufactured in Three Oaks by E.K. Warren, a staunch prohibitionist. Today, we create a quite a different kind of Featherbone at Journeyman and find it ironic to be operating a grain-to-bottle distillery in this once “dry” community. We hope that E.K. would find it in good spirits to see us carrying the torch for manufacturing into the 21st century.
Mash Bill: Single-distillation from 70% organic corn / 25% organic wheat / 5% organic rye
Warren, a staunch prohibitionist, founded the historic building in 1883 as a Buggy Whip, and Corsets factory. He revolutionized the manufacturing of corsets with the use of the softer featherbone, over the stiffer whalebone for corsets in the late 19th century. EK Warren’s success reached worldwide attention putting Three Oaks, Michigan on the map. Take a look through their gallery which lets you view the distillation process as it happens.The original maple factory floors are still in place from the 1800s. They're using wood from the owner’s family barn in central Indiana; wood that was once the flooring for an early 1900s schoolhouse. They have an original concrete bar made in Grand Rapids, with coordinates etched into the side—to mark this historic and unique location. Everything about Journeyman Distillery is handcrafted. They offer artisan spirits with a focus on whiskey. While whiskey is what they originally fell in love with, they also offer a variety of quality organic spirits such as vodka, gin, and rum. We distill, bottle, label, and package each spirit here at the distillery.