Civilized Spirits

Just like the name implies, this is a line of fine spirits with the manners and aplomb to suavely complement any attire or mixed drink. In return for their smooth ways, you’ll undoubtedly send compliments their way. It’s this reciprocity that ensures that you stand out from the crowd whenever you stand up to fill your glass. Visit the Civilized website to learn more.

 

 

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Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

Smooth as the bay waters at daybreak. Subtle as a fleeting wisp of cool summer breeze. Proper manners dictate you put on your good shirt for Civilized Vodka, even though it will always extend you the courtesy of its company — and clean finish. 

Descended from wine borne of Northern Michigan Riesling vines, this vodka graciously hints at its ingredients with a bouquet of grape and clean finish. And finish it off is what you’ll be tempted to do.

Distilled in the ways of the North woods, every bottle of Civilized Vodka has the social graces to complement and enhance the flavors of any cocktail or confidently stand alone. This vodka is as pure as the spring water at its heart and as approachable as the community in which it’s made.

 

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Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

Although the first cherry trees were planted in the 1600, we have Peter Dougherty to thank for making a good thing great. He searched for the perfect combination of rich soil and weather patterns that lend to healthy cherry trees for the best tasting cherries on the planet. He was the first to bring cherry pits to the Old Mission Peninsula in 1852.

Mike Hall hand crafts this cherry flavored vodka from our custom built still.  With each level of distillation, the purest spirit rains though the 23 caps and trays of the still.  The distillation of cherries from Traverse City’s finest orchards is expensive, but it produces a character that is unmatched.  The distilled cherries, blend well with our distilled wheat vodka and the natural cherry flavor renders it delightfully smooth, with a cherry nose and distinct cherry sweetness.  This cherry flavored vodka is perfect for sipping!

 

 

 

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White Dog Whiskey

Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

This whiskey is at home on a shelf in a dusty saloon. This whiskey is best served out of a mason jar. This whiskey is distilled for the rough neck who splits logs — and heads when needed — during the week so that he can kick his feet up on the weekend. It follows the simple etiquette of the North — never be harsh, or subtle. 

The closest Civilized Whiskey gets to firewater is the sun setting Grand Traverse Bay ablaze. Locally grown wheat and pure, pH-neutral water drawn from our own well lay the foundation for a spirit of faint sweetness and uncommon smoothness. No aging needed here. This mellow liquid has courage to spare just like the strapping, calloused hand that raises its bottle or glass.

Enjoy it in its native environment, under blue sky and rustling pines. You’ll find no need to search for nuances that may or may not be there. All you’ll get is the truth — a refined, micro-batch whiskey of the highest, uncompromising quality.

White Dog continues the distillation tradition on this site.  Moonshine, White Lighting, and White Dog have a strong history throughout Michigan during the years of prohibition.  Mike Hall pays tribute to that bygone era, and has created an incredibly refined white whisky.  Mike works with local farmers to select the perfect Old Mission Peninsula Rye.  With each level of distillation, the purest spirit rains through each of the 23 caps and trays of the custom built still.  The distillation of Old Mission Rye produces a character that is unmatched.  The distilled rye is pure, and the wheat lends a sweet finish to this smooth tasting classic.

 

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Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

Northern Michigan’s distinct change of seasons lends itself to both harsh and pleasant landscapes, weather and foliage. Discovering fresh tree and shrub growth through the thick northern forest uncovers deep colors of distinct ornamentals, catching your eye as you listen to silence.

Mike works with local farmers to select the perfect Old Mission Peninsula Juniper for use in the distillation of Civilized Gin. With each level of distillation, the purest spirit rains through each of the 23 caps and trays of the custom built still. The distillation grain and perfectly selected juniper produces a classic “London Dry” style gin.  This gin is smooth with a distinct juniper finish. 

 

 

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Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

 

Civilized Rum was created with Midwestern resolve, we rolled up our sleeves to perfect it surrounded by towering birch and a Petoskey stone shoreline. 

 

Unspoiled by flavoring adjuncts of any kind, Civilized Rum gains its taste from the fruits of the earth like no other rum in the world — locally grown sugar beets — and its color from the ingenuity of the red-blooded American spirit. It takes an entire Michigan summer to grow the sweet 2g Michigan sugar beet, planted in the spring and harvested in the autumn.

 

Through clear Michigan water and sugar beet fermentation and distillation, the result is a clean elixir whose subtle, sweet and warming nuances are exposed with every hearty swig. 

 

 

 

 

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Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

 

This whiskey doesn’t belong on a shelf in a dusty saloon. This whiskey isn’t best served out of a mason jar. This whiskey follows the simple etiquette of the North — never be harsh or subtle. 

The closest Civilized Whiskey gets to firewater is the sun setting Grand Traverse Bay ablaze. Locally grown rye and pure, pH-neutral water drawn from our own well lay the foundation for a spirit of uncommon smoothness. White oak barrels cellared in our own hi-tech, climate-controlled storage facility impart straight-forward tastes of toffee, dark, dried fruit and leather. 

Enjoy it in its native environment, under the blue sky and rustling pines, in a tumbler or high-ball. You’ll find no need to search for nuances that may or may not be there. All you’ll get is the truth — a refined, micro-batch whiskey of the highest, uncompromising quality.

 

 

 

 

 

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Percent Alcohol: 40  Proof: 80

 

Subtle and Sweet nose with oak and peat.  Smooth palate with a malt finish.