Three members of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) recently brought home a collective five medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – the world’s largest with nearly 3,000 entries and more than 40 judges.
- Coppercraft Distillery in Holland was awarded a Double Gold for its Small Batch 6-10-Year Straight Bourbon and a Bronze for its Rye Whiskey.
- Eastern Kille Distillery in Grand Rapids was awarded a Gold for its Straight Bourbon and a Silver for its Aged Rum.
- New Holland Artisan Spirits in Grand Rapids was awarded a Silver for its Zeppelin Bend Single Malt Whiskey.
The Michigan Craft Distillers Association was formed in October 2014 as a non-profit organization charged with marketing the individual member businesses, their products and events, but also help bring a voice for the industry when it comes to legislative issues that affect the overall beverage industry.
MCDA currently represents 30 craft distilleries with nearly 50 unique tasting room locations around the state, as well as a handful of distillery in-planning members and nearly 30 allied members providing goods and services. Michigan’s craft distilling industry is growing at a rapid pace – ranking #9 in the nation in terms of overall number of distilleries according to annual data compiled by the American Craft Spirits Association.