Bier Distillery Releases First Western Michigan-Made Absinthe

Bier Distillery, a craft distillery located on West River Drive, announces the release of the first absinthe produced for sale in Western Michigan. Henry’s Absent Absinthe Verte is available for tasting and in 375mL bottles for purchase in Bier Distillery’s tasting room located at 5295 West River Drive in Comstock Park.

“This product has been years in the making,” said Joel Bierling, head distiller and co-owner of Bier Distillery. “Because of the complex flavors in the spirit, it takes a lot of experimenting to get the ideal flavor profile.” Absinthe verte is an anise-flavored liquor that also includes other botanicals such as wormwood, fennel, and licorice.

The mythology of absinthe verte as a mysterious spirit continues to this day. It has been the subject of a great number of works of art, music, films, video, and literature for over two hundred years. Banned in the US from 1912 until 2007, both imported and locally produced absinthe has enjoyed a resurgence among spirit aficionados. Bottled at a high alcohol content, absinthe is traditionally served in a reservoir glass with sugar and cold water.

Bier Distillery​ is a craft distillery producing high-quality hand crafted spirits, including rye whiskey, vodka, gin, moonshine, and a variety of other spirits from grain to glass. Its production facility, tasting room, and bar are located at 5295 West River Dr.NE, Comstock Park, MI. The tasting room is open daily at 4:30pm. Closing hours vary. Open most days all day for bottle sales. For more information, call, 616-888-9746 or