deaths door distillery

A dream come true. What started as an experiment to see if agriculture could be restored, promoted and conserved on Washington Island, Wisconsin, has blossomed into a full-fledged business with the construction of the Company’s new state-of-the art distillery in Middleton, Wisconsin. Completed on June 4th, 2012 grand opening, the facility is the largest craft distillery in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the region with an annual capacity in excess of 250,000 cases of finished product. Our intent is to produce enough product to meet our current and future demands while insuring that our products continue to have the same superior quality and consistency.

The facility is located in the Middleton Business Park, just west of the Beltline at 2220 Eagle Drive. Hours to buy merchandise and for scheduled tours can be found here. The distilling operations is led John Jeffery, Head Distiller.


  • What's with the name Death's Door Spirits?
    • “Death’s Door” takes its name of the body of water between Door County peninsula and Washington Island from which we get hard red winter wheat to make our vodka, gin and white whisky. Potowatami and Winnebego tribesmen originally named the waterway, while the French called it Port de Morts when trading in the area to ward off other traders.

  • Where do I buy a bottle?
    • Click here to locate a retailer in your area that carries Death’s Door Spirits. If your item is not carried by your favored retailer and you see that we’re in your state elsewhere, tell the store manager to contact the distributor in your state from our list here.

      If we’re not distributed in your state, shoot us an email and let us know.

  • What's the deal with the “1% for the Great Lakes” on the bottles?
    • Death’s Door Spirits is committed to donating 1% of their annual revenue to Great Lakes causes. Click here to learn more about our efforts in this area.

  • Who designed your bottles?
    • Grip Design based in Chicago designed our bottles which have been featured in HOW and Print magazines and is a finalist for Clear Choice Awards, the highest honor for glass packaging.