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Detroit City Distillery & Bees in the D Live Honey Harvest

  • 1000 Maple Street Detroit, MI, 48207 United States (map)

Experience an exclusive BEES IN THE D live honey harvest and raw honey tasting with custom craft cocktails made with DETROIT CITY DISTILLERY'S finest liquors and honey from their Detroit honey bee hives atop the historic home of Stroh's ice cream and Goebel Brewing co.


Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy limited edition BON BON BON chocolates made with BEES IN THE D local detroit honey and gourmet organic cotton candy from SPUN SUGAR DETROIT.


Small eats will be available for purchase from Geisha Girls Sushi. 

Colin McConnell from DETROIT RESPECT will be onsite with a selection of his stylish items for purchase.


Each ticket INCLUDES admission and 2 custom craft cocktails.

A portion of each ticket will go to benefit Bees In the D!!


Participation in the honey harvest is encouraged but not manditory.

Watch and learn while Brian Peterson-Roest demonstrates and educates on how honey bees gather pollen and nectar, produce honey, honeycomb, and wax. See how we harvest and process this golden goodness.

You can help uncap the comb with a hot knife or take a turn and spin the extractor. We'll even let you taste the fresh raw honey and honeycomb!



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All guests must be at least 21 years of age and with valid ID. 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available at the Whiskey Factory located at 1000 Maple Street, and the location is accessible by all modes of transortation. MOGO bikes are located nearby at Gratiot and Russell ST. 

Will I get stung?

No, silly, live bees will not be flying loose inside the factory.


The Whiskey Factory, a long­-dormant building at 1000 Maple Street, located just off Gratiot Avenue between Downtown Detroit and Eastern Market, is the last remaining structure at the site that largely defined Detroit’s brewing legacy. Brewing at the site goes as far back as the 1930’s when Goebel Brewing Company built a massive brewery to compete with Stroh’s Brewery, Detroit’s largest brewery at the time. The breweries were located directly across the street from one another. Shortly after Stroh’s acquired Goebel’s in the 1960's the building was converted to a factory to produce Stroh’s ice cream, a successful business created out of necessity during the days of Prohibition when producing alcohol was illegal. 

Today, we're reviving the long history of alcohol production at the site that started it all. 

Spun Sugar Detroit – all natural cotton candy hand-spun with love. The ingredients are simple: organic sugar, plant based dyes, and natural flavoring all creatively crafted into an assortment of delicious and unique flavors including Mango Chili, Ginger Peach, Lemonade, and Pineapple! So many flavors to chose from! All of them are sweet in their own way! So yummy! Visit

Detroit Respect - Detroit Tees and Apparel for Men, Women, and Children.

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“Bees have been a symbol of resurrection throughout history. They’re also a signal of being prosperous and successful and I feel that mirrors Detroit beautifully. It’s a resurrection right now. Detroit had a reputation as Motor City, then it had a reputation that wasn’t so desired, but now we’re seeing another push of Detroit becoming an art mecca, a technology mecca, a greening and gardening mecca. Honey bees would not only benefit Detroit’s community, but agriculture as a whole. Honey bees and an urban environment can have a symbiotic relationship; we can function together. What I love about that aspect of it is most of the spots that I’m eyeing are wasted space. Rooftops where nothing is happening or vacant lots; areas that are for the most part not being used so that’s the beauty of it.” -Brian Peterson-Roest. Visit