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About Us

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I’m proud that we’re continuing in the tradition of quality Detroit manufacturing, and that we’re able to produce spirits that rival anything around the world.
— Rifino Valentine, Founder
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Our Story

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Company is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country.

Mayor Pingree Bourbon has been consistently rated among the best in the world. In 2019, The Whisky Advocate named Mayor Pingree Black Label as the 2nd Best Whiskey in the world in its Summer 2019 Buyer’s Guide, scoring 93 points. In addition, Pingree Blue and Black have won Double Gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits competition.

Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.

The company’s award-winning bourbon, gin and vodka are available throughout Michigan, seven other states states, and six other countries. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Company is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior tasting products.


I have a simple philosophy: everything that I do must be done with quality in mind above all else,” says Rifino Valentine, Founder. “I’ve always appreciated the American craftsman; working by hand, making one of a kind items that stand the test of time.”

In an era of mass production, squeezing costs and maximizing profits, one important thing is lost: quality. Taking a stand against mass-produced spirits, Valentine proves that American ingenuity and quality American manufacturing is still alive. In distillation, this means selecting the best ingredients, distilling in small batches, and caring in every single step of the process. “I take great pride in using old world techniques, techniques that haven’t changed in centuries. There are no computers controlling the stills, just our sense of taste and smell to determine the cuts.