Distilling Industry News and Events

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Round Barn Distillery

Located near Lake Michigan and a vast fruit belt, Round Barn Distillery is a hot spot for creating unique libations. Since 2001, Round Barn Distillery has been making spirits from grapes grown off of their 50-acre plot of land. In addition, they grow all types of fruits from grapes, apples, cherries, peaches, and plums. This Read More

September Declared Michigan Craft Spirits Month

The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) is proud to declare September as “Michigan Craft Spirits Month” in honor of its passionate and dedicated member distilleries throughout the state and the world-class, award-winning craft spirits and cocktails that they produce. To celebrate, the association and its members are hosting a Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, September Read More

Michigan Distillery Tour Planned for November

(MICHIGAN)—Michigan is home to dozens of craft distilleries and this November, Corporate Travel Service out of Northville is offering a weekend excursion around the state to visit some of these unique destinations. “The Michigan Distillery Experience,” presented in partnership with the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, Michigan Craft Distillers Association and Michigrain Distillery, will be offered Read More

Craft distilleries face ‘dire’ consequences as pandemic obliterates on-premise sales

MiBiz Article (May 3, 2020) – Michigan distilleries that switched to hand sanitizer production are keeping the lights on, but they face a tough road ahead with on-premise sales at bars and restaurants at a standstill for the foreseeable future. READ MORE HERE: https://mibiz.com/sections/food-agribusiness/craft-distilleries-face-dire-consequences-as-pandemic-obliterates-on-premise-sales?fbclid=IwAR2Ks5FPXW1IgN7_e1GDT2jmjIFFVYf48wKkYNSF9wWJlrZYEdJH_6zRaNo

Michigan Distilleries Bring Home Medals from American Distilling Institute Annual Spirits Competition

Nine members of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) recently brought home a collective 38 medals from the American Distilling Institute’s annual Judging of Craft Spirits competition. BEST OF CATEGORY Corsets, Whips, and Whiskey (White Whiskey) – Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks Original Orange Liqueur (Citrus Liquor) – Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids Rum Punch (Ready Read More

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