Located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, Two James – run by David Landrum and Peter Baily – is the city’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition. They are producing a range of spirits, including a gin that draws from a London dry, and a whiskey that has been made “specifically to complement the umami of the rich pork and fish broths of Japanese cuisine.” www.twojames.com
Originally published by IrishCentral.com
Detroit is a city with a lot of history – from its early days as a French settlement, to the birth of the American auto industry and Ford Motor Company, to blues, jazz, Motown and rock and roll.
But it may come as a surprise that Detroit’s oldest surviving neighborhood has a very Irish name, and a very Irish history.
Corktown, which lies to the west of Detroit’s downtown area, was first settled by Irish immigrants in the 1830s. According to the Detroit Historical Society, ‘Irish immigrants with enough money to take them beyond the crowded boroughs of New York City and Boston established the neighborhood in the 1830s. They built detached homes and rowhouses in the Federal style, a reflection of the architectural fashion of the time.’ Many of them came from County Cork in Ireland, and the name traveled with them.
For more info on the history of this Detroit community, follow the Corktown History blog.