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Michigan-raised, pure-bred handcrafted spirits.

Alot can happen around a campfire. For us, that’s how all this started—a challenge among friends, an ugly dog named Ruger and the desire to make something great. With that in mind and a lot of hard work, we started creating award-winning, handcrafted spirits.

Every adventure starts somewhere, make sure yours includes an Ugly Dog at your side.

Explore responsibly.

Very small batch spirits.

Every batch of our signature product is handcrafted with Michigan Winter Wheat. To ensure the highest quality possible, batches are triple-distilled and continuously taste-tested. Perfect for fireside sipping or crafting adventurous cocktails.
2013 Silver Medal winner from “The Beverage Tasting Institute”


We hunted down this centuries-old recipe of juniper berries, coriander, licorice root, bitter orange peel and numerous other botanicals. To create this complex, yet balanced gin the ingredients are steeped in 190 proof spirits and slowly distilled. Ideal for crafting full-flavor martinis, aromatic gin and tonics or just sipping slowly on the rocks.


Our Bacon Flavored Vodka is like man’s best friend—only for Bloody Marys. Created in 2012, we were the first distillery to offer this delicious and savory, flavored vodka. Taste it for yourself and see why it has become one of our most popular spirits.

Bacon Vodka

Unleash a truly unique flavor. Our Raspberry Flavored Vodka features a crisp, and floral taste with just a hint of sweetness. It’s perfect for shaking up a Raspberry Martini or creating new, fruity summer cocktails.

Raspberry Vodka

In their own way, pirates were explorers—and in the 1800s a few of them even sailed the Great Lakes. As a tribute to their sense of adventure, we crafted this light, full-flavored Rum from 100% sugar cane. Mix with your favorite soda or punch and let the good times sail.


As a true whiskey explorer Ugly Dog has taken on the challenge to bottle a Kentucky Bourbon worthy of our name and to be legally called a Kentucky Bourbon. Kentucky Bourbon is unique to America and has a great history so set yourself up in an easy chair and explore the taste and the tales from the south.

Kentucky Bourbon

Ugly Dog Michigan Cherry Flavored Whiskey is a fusion of sweet, vibrant, Michigan cherries and our own small batch whiskey. This fusion may be new to you but it has a history dating back to the pre-Prohibition practice when the cherry juice was blended with the whiskey. All the flavor and none of the pits!

Michigan Cherry

Our Salted Caramel Whiskey has quickly become a winner. Ugly Dog has created a tasty combination of salted caramel and whiskey to deliver a tasty combination of savory and sweet, combining decadent caramel with savory sea salt, a clear note of whiskey – sip easy no cavities in this sweet treat.

Salted Caramel

Whiskey and Peanut Butter!? Okay that is the usual response to the offer to try a shot or a PBJ Cocktail when first offered. Surprise! Our Kentucky Bourbon and Peanut Butter is mixed so well you will be asking . . . what’s next??

Wait and you’ll see very soon what Ugly Dog is crafting for you.

Peanut Butter

Every drop, handcrafted.

Great care goes into everything we do. That’s why we handcraft everything from our spirits to our copper stills, which our founders hand hammered and welded themselves. This means our batches are very small and our quality is premium.

To ensure this quality and consistency, we are committed to supporting our local economy by using the finest raw materials Michigan has to offer. We are proud our Ugly Dog Vodka is made with Michigan Winter Wheat.

Find a bottle or two

Every bottle we handcraft is adorned with Ruger, our purebred German Wirehaired Pointer, the whimsical inspiration behind our name. Just like our products, Ruger has some very distinct features and characteristics. He might even be where we get our love for the outdoors and adventure.

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