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Travelocity & American Distilling Institute Name Grand Rapids, Michigan Among Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations

(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich)—Grand Rapids, Michigan continues to draw attention for its craft cocktail and spirits industry, being ranked this week by the popular online site Travelocity, along with the American Distilling Institute, as one of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations in America. “This interest in craft goods extends to travelers, as visitors increasingly Read More

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Seven Michigan Distilleries Receive Collective 28 Awards at American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Spirits Competition in Baltimore, Maryland

(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich)—Seven (7) Michigan distilleries were honored with 28 individual awards in a variety of categories on April 4, 2017 at the American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Spirits Competition, held as part of its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 800 spirits from around the world were entered into the ADI Judging, all from Read More

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Michigan Distilleries Bring Home Awards from American Craft Spirits Association Annual Competition

(TRAVERSE CITY, MICH) — Seven members of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) brought home a collective 18 medals from the Fourth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, held February 16, 2017 at the American Craft Spirits Association (ASCA) Annual Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade in Nashville, Tenn. The winners were hand-selected among a record-breaking pool Read More

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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