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Michigan Craft Distillers Association Names 2017 Board of Directors

(TRAVERSE CITY, MICH) — The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) has named its 2017 Board of Directors: President: Jon O’Connor — Co-Owner of Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids Vice President: Kent Rabish — Founder & President of Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City Secretary: Rick Wyble — Head Distiller & President at American Fifth Spirits, Lansing Read More

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Michigan Map & Directory Identifies 24 Craft Distilleries

The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (#MiSpirits) has just published 20,000 copies of its 2016-2017 map and directory, featuring 24 member craft distillers (with 37 tasting room locations) and four “in planning” distillery members, along with 45 allied members and service providers. The expanded four-panel, four-color piece will be distributed at member distilleries, state tourism offices, welcome centers, retail outlets and other locations around Michigan.

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Six Michigan Distilleries Receive Collective 16 Awards at American Distilling Institute’s 10th Annual Spirits Competition in San Diego, California

Six Michigan distilleries were honored with 16 individual awards April 5, 2016 at the American Distilling Institute’s 10th Annual Spirits Competition, held as part of its annual conference in San Diego, California. Competition organizers reported 645 spirits were entered and a panel of 28 judges awarded 282 medals in a variety of categories. According to Read More

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Discounts Available for Michigan Businesses & Producers for the Craft Beverage Expo (May 18-20, 2016) in Oakland, California

Please join me – along with Dave Engbers from Founders Brewing Company and Fred Bueltmann from New Holland Brewing Company – for the 2016 CRAFT BEVERAGE EXPO, May 18-20 in Oakland, California. WHO should attend? Wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries, meaderies and businesses that provide goods and services to those craft beverage producers! What about those Read More

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Craft Beverage Entrepreneur’s Workshop Planned for Michigan Producers (Grand Rapids – Feb 12)

The Craft Beverage Education Association will bring its one-day educational workshop for in-planners to the Grand Rapids Doubletree Airport on February 12. The workshop is geared toward helping new craft beverage businesses navigate the complexities of startup. Registration is currently open—early-bird rate of $119 ends January 22. CBEA is planning similar workshops for cities across the Read More

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Membership Details

If you are a craft distiller, supplier, educational institution, retail outlet, or event interested in supporting Michigan’s spirits industry, consider joining our organization. 2016 Membership Definitions & Rates Michigan Distillery Membership Application Allied Membership Application For questions, email our executive director, Dianna Stampfler, at Taste@PromoteMichigan.com. Cheers!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan – Crafting a Spirited Cocktail Culture

Distilled spirits in Michigan date back to the earliest explorers who traversed the vast open lands in search of new frontiers in the years before statehood in 1837. Whiskey was a commodity sold and traded to Native Americans. By the mid-1800s, the first distilleries were established to craft spirits here in the Great Lakes State. Read More

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Michigan’s craft spirits industry

Michigan’s first distilleries opened in the late 1800s, surviving the Prohibition years before essentially dissolving during the mid 20th Century. It’s only been in recent years that the industry has come back to life, with vim and vigor! Currently, Michigan ranks 3rd nationally for the number of craft distilleries. With nearly 40 statewide, the potential Read More