Distilling Industry News and Events

Michigan Craft Distillers Association Urges Consumers to Read the Labels to Determine Where Their Spirits are Really Coming From

(TRAVERSE CITY, MICH) — The craft distilling industry is growing, not only in Michigan but throughout the United States. Yet, there is concern about some of the spirits introduced into the marketplace as “craft” when in fact they may be purchased in volume from out-of-state producers, then bottled and distributed as a “local” product. This Read More

Michigan Craft Distillers Association Names 2018 Board of Directors

(TRAVERSE CITY, MICH) — The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) has named its 2018 Board of Directors: President: Jon O’Connor — Co-Owner of Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids Vice President: Rick Wyble — Head Distiller & President at American Fifth Spirits, Lansing Treasurer: Brandon Voorhees — Co-Owner at Gray Skies Distillery, Grand Rapids Secretary: Richard Read More

Michigan Distilled Festival to Celebrate Locally-Made Craft Spirits & Cocktails

(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich)—The Michigan Craft Distillers Association has announced its inaugural Michigan Distilled festival, featuring craft spirits and cocktails made around the Great Lakes State. The event will be held on Friday, September 15 from 6-10pm, under the pavilion at Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids. Tickets are on sale now at MiDistilled.com. A Read More

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

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

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

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

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.