Grand Rapids Distillery to Release Apple Brandy Made in Partnership with Local Orchard, Cidery

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers will release a new barrel-aged Apple Brandy on Tuesday, October 9, at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side. Statewide distribution of Long Road Apple Brandy will follow later this month.

Long Road Apple Brandy was made in partnership with Schaefer Orchard and Pux Cider Company based out of nearby Conklin, Michigan. The 80-proof spirit has been aged in used whiskey barrels for nearly a year, allowing flavors to mellow and develop over time, resulting in bright apple and honey aromas, and a dry floral finish.

“Considering our proximity to one of the best fruit growing regions in the world, we view fruit brandies as a huge opportunity for us to highlight local agriculture,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road, referring to the Fruit Ridge located just north of Grand Rapids. “We’re really pleased with the way the tart, local apples shine through in Long Road Apple Brandy. The varieties of apples and the style of cider Pux is making really lend themselves to high-quality brandy.”

To celebrate the release, Long Road will be offering half-off samples and featured cocktails at the distillery from 4pm to Midnight on Tuesday, October 9. It will also be the first opportunity to purchase a bottle of Long Road Apple Brandy to bring home.

Follow along and stay up to date on release details through the distillery’s FaceBook page @longroaddistillersgr.