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BW Chicago Branch - Distiller for a Day

November 17, 2017 12:00 PM to November 19, 2017 12:00 PM
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Journeyman Distillery
109 Generations Drive
Three Oaks, MI 49128

Distiller for a Day - Weekend Event at Journeyman Distillery

A fantastic and unique hands-on opportunity to distill bourbon and live the bourbon lifestyle.

Bourbon Women Chicago is thrilled to partner with Journeymen Distillery to offer a truly unique opportunity for a hands-on experience distilling bourbon!

Start the weekend Friday night at the Welcome Reception (includes light dinner bites) at Journeyman Distillery and pick up your swag bag full of items to outfit you as a distiller. Journeyman Distillery is one of a few certified organic distilleries in the United States located in the historic EK Warren Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks, Michigan. Three Oaks is located in southwestern Michigan's Harbor Country, about 90 minutes from Chicago, Illinois.

Work at one or both of Saturday morning’s Distiller Shifts where co-owner Johanna Welter will train us to work on every aspect of the bourbon making process from grain to glass. The afternoon is free to explore Southwest Michigan's many wineries, breweries, charming towns and natural beauty. Soak in the farm to table culture Saturday evening at Granor Farms with a farm tour and multi-course dinner crafted by Chef Abra Berens that showcases locally sourced ingredients paired with Journeyman spirits.

Invigorate your spirit Sunday morning with mindfulness and yoga before a Farewell Brunch at Viola Café, which is just minutes away and located in a restored 100-year old building.

This is a rare opportunity to experience working at a distillery and enjoying a fantastic weekend in Southwest Michigan’s Harbor Country so register today! For questions and special requests, email



Friday, November 17th

5:00pm - 10:00pm           Registration at The Flat at Journeyman Distillery

7:00pm - 9:00pm             Welcome Reception - includes Welcome Cocktail and Light

                                        Dinner Bites provided by Journeyman's Staymaker              



Saturday, November 18th

6:30am - 10:00am            Registration at Journeyman Distillery

6:00am - 11:00am            Continental Breakfast

6:30am - 9:00am              Distiller Shift #1 

10:00am - 12:00pm          Distiller Shift #2

12:00pm - 6:00pm            Explore Southwest Michigan

6:00pm                             Depart from Journeyman to Granor Farm

6:30pm-10:00pm              Farm Tour & Dinner at Granor Farm


Sunday, November 19th

7:30am - 8:30am             Morning Mindfulness & Yoga at Journeyman Distillery

9:30am - 11:00am           Farewell Brunch - Viola Café 102 N Elm St, Three Oaks, MI

                                         (pay on your own)



We have special discount rates at the following hotels (Fri. $161 / Sat. $193):

Harbor Grand Inn - call 1-269-469-7700 and ask for the Bourbon Women rate

Marina Grand - call 1-269-469-9900 and ask for the Bourbon Women rate

And,  VRBO also offers rental homes nearby 



Full and partial weekend options are available.

After November 3rd, late registration increases by $20.


Full Weekend (Friday – Sunday)  - $175 Members, $225 Non-Members


Friday & Saturday (not including Saturday dinner)

$125 Members, $175 Non-Members


Saturday Day Only (not including Saturday dinner)

$75 Members, $125 Non-Members
















$175.00 Member - Full Weekend Ticket
$195.00 after 11:45 pm November 13

$225.00 Guest - Full Weekend Ticket
$245.00 after 11:45 pm November 13

$75.00 Member - Saturday Only (does not include dinner)
$95.00 after 11:45 pm November 13

$125.00 Guest - Saturday Only (does not include dinner)
$145.00 after 11:45 pm November 13

$125.00 Member - Fri & Sat (does not include dinner)
$145.00 after 11:45 pm November 13

$175.00 Guest - Fri & Sat (does not include dinner)
$195.00 after 11:45 pm November 13