Member Spotlight: Grand Traverse Distillery

Unlike other distilleries, Grand Traverse Distillery is focused on using resources from access crops as well as grains grown by local farmers to distill their spirits. Supporting local agriculture is very important because it helps provide jobs in the community, and ensures spirits are distilled with fresh local ingredients.  Grand Traverse Distillery has been crafting Read More

Member Spotlight: Long Road Distillers

Take no shortcuts. This is a philosophy that honors the craft of everything Long Road Distillers creates. Their name encapsulates the very core of how they conduct business, which is to take the “long road,” to not cut corners, and to do things the right way. Recognized as the first distiller in Beer City, USA Read More

Member Spotlight: Kalamazoo Stillhouse

“Honest spirits, Local people”. In the 2000’s husband and wife learned to distill from the husband’s father, who was a distiller and wine proprietor from Washingtom. Both born and raised in Kalamazoo, the husband and wife duo wanted to do something locally that they could call their own and give back to the community. Noticing Read More

Member Spotlight: Eastern Kille Distillery

In August, Eastern Kille Distillery began running socially distanced cocktail classes. To help boost the spirits of the community, bartenders and spirit leaders have led the classes teaching the participants how to create their own cocktails. And yes, they were able to drink the final products. The past few classes have been summer inspired cocktail Read More

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Wise Men Distillery

With Fall fast approaching, many of you are going to be heading to corn mazes and apple orchards, sipping on apple cider and maybe enjoying a warm doughnut. But a stop you don’t want to miss when you’re driving through Kentwood or their soon to open location in Grand Rapids, is Wise Men Distillery. Their 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

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

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