Detroit City Distillery and Bees in the D Release Limited-Edition Honey Bourbon

Get details about the collaboration, and an old-fashioned recipe to try with the bourbon.
Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery and Bees in the D.

Detroit City Distillery and Bees in the D, a non-profit organization that works to contribute to the health of local bee colonies and pollinators, have joined forces to release their annual limited-edition Honey Bourbon called Bees in the D.

Produced just once a year in time with the annual honey harvest, this straight bourbon whiskey, which officially released on Nov. 11, was finished with honey from the beehives that live on top of the distillery’s roof — beehives courtesy of Bees in the D.

“This fine bourbon features the truest taste of Detroit you can get,” Michael Forsyth, co-owner of Detroit City Distillery, said in a press release. “We combine our award-winning bourbon we make in Eastern Market with honey made by thousands of honeybees using flower nectar from all over the city. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”

In addition to the bourbon, Detroit City Distillery has also released a Bees in the D Bourbon Barrel-aged Honey, which is $40 on the distillery’s website. All sales of the honey will go to support the work of Bees in the D.

The bourbon costs $60 on the distillery’s website and will also be distributed to grocery and liquor stores, as well as bars and restaurants. It is expected to sell out in a matter of days and won’t be available until the honey harvest next year.

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Honey Old Fashioned Recipe

If you can get your hands on the popular, but limited, honey bourbon, try it in this simple old-fashioned recipe.


  • 2oz Detroit City Distillery Honey Bourbon
  • Bees in the D Bourbon Barrel-aged Honey
  • Cinnamon bitters
  • Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel


  1. In a large rocks glass, add two oz of Detroit City Distillery Honey Bourbon, a bar spoon of Bees in the D Bourbon Barrel-aged Honey, one dash of cinnamon bitters, and two dashes of angostura bitters.
  2. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.

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