Distilling Industry News and Events

Michigan Distilleries Awarded Medals at 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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 Read More

Long Road Distillers Scores Big at 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards

Long Road Distillers captured eight new honors at the 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards, presented by the American Craft Spirits Association, including 2 Gold medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Raspberry Liqueur. Under normal circumstances, the winners of the American Craft Spirits Awards are announced at the annual convention for the American Craft Read More

Michigan Distilleries Producing Hand Sanitizer and Contributing to COVID-19 Pandemic Community Resources

Governor Whitmer has given the go for Michigan distilleries to start producing hand sanitizer while the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread throughout the state. Normally, a distillery would have to have an industrial manufacturing permit (which none in Michigan do) but on Wednesday, March 18, The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) relaxed their Read More

Michigan Craft Distillers Association Names 2020 Board of Directors

The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) has named its 2020 Board of Directors: President: Jon O’Connor — Co-Owner of Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids Vice President: JP Jerome — Founder / Distiller of Detroit City Distillery, Detroit Treasurer: Nancie Oxley — Vice President-Winemaking at Julian Winery & Distillery, Paw Paw Secretary: Richard Anderson — Co-Owner Read More

Michigan Distilleries Bring Home Awards from American Distilling Institute Annual Judging of Craft Spirits

(WALLOON LAKE, MICH) — Seven members of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) brought home a collective 26 medals from the 16th Annual Craft Spirits Conference & Expo presented by the American Distilling Institute March 18-21 in Denver, Co. Long Road Distillers was awarded “Best of Category” for its Amaro Pazzo in the Coffee Liqueur Read More

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

Three members of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) brought home a collective nine medals from the Sixth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits at the American Craft Spirits Association (ASCA) Annual Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show, February 10-12 in Minneapolis, MN. This year, nearly 500 entries were submitted from 38 states and the District Read More

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