The focus from the beginning was to support local and sustainable agriculture on Washington Island. Historically, Washington Island was known for its potato farming but since the 1970s most of these fields sat fallow. In 2005, agriculture once again returned to the island in the form of five acres of hard red winter wheat. Now nearly 1,000 acres of wheat are grown on the island.

In addition to the wheat, the barley utilized in the gin, vodka and whisky and is grown in Wisconsin in partnership with other farmers. The botanicals for the gin (juniper, coriander seeds, and fennel seeds) are sourced in the state when possible. In fact, the company has an annual juniper harvest festival on Washington Island whereby guests pick wild juniper berries.


After an exhaustive review of potential glass partners, Ellison selected Anchor Hocking in Monaca, Pennsylvania to solidify the design and bring this idea to life. One of the foremost glass manufacturers in the world, Anchor Hocking is the only American-owned company that employs American workers and manufactures premium cosmetic flint bottles in the USA. Further, having the bottles made in the USA instead of France, Death’s Door has cut carbon emissions by two tons per shipment, and hugely reduced production lead times from four to sixmonths down to just a couple of days. This responsiveness is vitally important for inventory management as Death’s Door continues to build its global sales.  See the video about our new bottles here