Michigan Spirits Find Footing at Inaugural Craft Distillers Association Event

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Michigan has firmly cemented itself nationwide as a great beer state, and we are all very thankful for that—but what if your adult beverage of choice isn’t beer? Never fear, friends, you don’t have to go looking outside the state to quench your thirst.-  We’ve got a plethora of craft spirits too, and it’s about […]

Gray Skies Distillery: Two Friends Bonded by Kindred Spirits

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For Brandon Voorhees and Steve Vander Pol, co-founders of Gray Skies Distillery, longtime friends, and Grand Rapids natives, the entrepreneurial spirit has ran through their blood for two generations. Voorhees’ father and grandfather, and Vander Pol’s father were business owners who raised them on the value that a viable idea is just a little hard […]

Ann Arbor Distilling Company: Grain in Fermented Form

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Ann Arbor, MI–One of the great things about modern society is that it gives people a chance to remake themselves, to be what they want to be. The same could be said for buildings. Take 220 Felch Street, located in the Water Hill neighborhood in Ann Arbor. It was built as a fuel oil storage […]

Long Road Distillers Embodies Spirit of Cocktail Week GR

GRAND RAPIDS – Over the course of the 11 days spanning Cocktail Week GR, Grand Rapids’ only distillery, Long Road Distillers, played a huge role in the week’s events.   The backbone of a cocktail is in the quality of the liquor.  To prove just that, Long Road hosted distillery tours at a discounted rate […]

Journeyman Distillery: growing organically

Take a look at the paperwork involved, and you know it’s not a small thing to be certified organic these days. Little by little, farmers are taking the steps to grow and raise products without synthetic fertilizers, artificial pesticides, growth hormones, feed additives or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). When you’re a distillery and you’re shopping […]

Taking the Long Road: A conversation with Long Road Distillers

Jon O’Connor and Kyle VanStrien took a long, and detoured, road to opening Grand Rapids’ first distillery. The pair have a passion for local and spirits and it shines through now that Long Road Distillers is open. Join Pat Evans on a conversation with the two passionate Westsiders from Grand Rapids.

Coppercraft focuses on ‘grain-to-glass’ outlook

HOLLAND — The way Coppercraft Distillery owners run their business is creative, memorable, but most importantly, local. Local means a farmer drives his tractor about 10 miles down the road and drops off a huge trailer of corn to produce their spirits. Local means in-house mixologist Jenney Grant is a regular visitor to the Holland […]

Coppercraft focuses on 'grain-to-glass' outlook

HOLLAND — The way Coppercraft Distillery owners run their business is creative, memorable, but most importantly, local. Local means a farmer drives his tractor about 10 miles down the road and drops off a huge trailer of corn to produce their spirits. Local means in-house mixologist Jenney Grant is a regular visitor to the Holland […]