Distilling Industry News and Events

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.

Cheers to World Gin Day: Saturday, June 11

There’s a holiday for just about everything…this is especially true for foods and beverages. This year, the 8th Annual World Gin Day is set for Saturday, June 11. A time for Gin novices and connoisseurs alike to celebrate all things gin. Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries, dark bluish-colored Read More

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

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

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

Membership Details

If you are a craft distiller, supplier, educational institution, retail outlet, or event interested in supporting Michigan’s spirits industry, consider joining our organization. 2016 Membership Definitions & Rates Michigan Distillery Membership Application Allied Membership Application For questions, email our executive director, Dianna Stampfler, at Taste@PromoteMichigan.com. Cheers!