Grand Rapids is certainly proud to be a craft beer scene, but there's plenty of room for cocktails, too. Gray Skies Distillery saw a void in local distilleries and was the second to open in the metro area.

"We're what's called a grain to glass distillery meaning we bring in grains and we shoot out whiskey, gin, wodka, rum," said co-founder and head distiller Steve Vander Pol.

If you've visited Gray Skies, you've been in the tasting room, but that's only a fraction of the distillery.

"So if you just come into our tasting room, it looks like we're just a twelve-hundred square foot bar but back behind us there's a ten-thousand square foot warehouse where we do everything on site," said Vander Pol.

Spirits age in barrels created in Kentucky. The inside of the barrel is charred, which gives the alcohol additional flavor and color.  (Photo: WZZM 13 News)  

The distillery offers tours two days a week. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can go on the craft distillery tour (it's free!) or the sneak peak tour for $10. Both are approximately 45 minutes and end with a sample of a spirit. The sneak peak tour includes a taste of unreleased bourbon straight from the barrel and a cocktail in the tasting room.

During Grand Rapids Cocktail Week, Gray Skies Distillery will have special cocktails and prices. Cocktail week continues through November 19, 2017.

Gray Skies Distillery sells their spirits on location, but you can also find them at liquor stores across West Michigan.

For more information about Gray Skies Distillery, head to their website. You can also get updates on Facebook.

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