The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) is proud to announce September as “Michigan Craft Spirits Month” throughout the state. Michigan currently ranks #7 in the national for the number of craft distilleries (with more than 80) as noted by the annual “Craft Spirits Data Project” released by the American Craft Spirits Association.
Michigan’s craft spirit distillers are a key component of the state’s agricultural and processing industries, contributing more than one billion dollars in total economic impact and collectively utilizing more than two million pounds of Michigan grown grain and fruits in their products each year.
As part of the state’s thriving craft beverage sector, Michigan distilleries are also a vital component of community placemaking efforts and the state’s tourism industry.
While Michigan craft spirits producers continue to distill nationally-recognized, award winning craft beverages, more than 20 pivoted manufacturing last year to create hand sanitizer which was vital to the health and safety of Michigan communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout the month, our distillers join with Michigan consumers in support of the “craft spirits in moderation” concept and encourage adult residents and tourists in Michigan to visit the distilleries of our great state and enjoy Pure Michigan-made craft spirits and cocktails.
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 #7 in the nation in terms of overall number of distilleries according to annual data compiled by the American Craft Spirits Association.