Internationally recognized Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, was awarded Distillery of the Year at the first-ever Golden Jigger Awards hosted by Nick Britsky of NickDrinks.com on Sunday evening December 9, 2018 at the Willis Show Bar. Over their three-year history, the distillery has built a reputation for the quality and innovation utilized in producing their 100% Michigan distilled line-up of spirits, including gins, vodkas, aquavits, whiskeys, and liqueurs.
Long Road Distillers topped a list of 5 distillery nominees from around Michigan selected by the team at NickDrinks.com. Winners were then chosen by a combination of a public vote, a panel of Metro Detroit Food and Beverage Media, hospitality industry professionals and the team at NickDrinks.com.
“With the input received by the public vote and our expert panel of judges, it was clear that Long Road Distillers has established themselves as one of the go-to Michigan distilleries for Detroit bartenders and spirits enthusiasts,” said Nick Britsky, Founder of Nick Drinks and the Golden Jigger Awards. “Their hard work in crafting unique spirits and their intentionality in building relationships in metro Detroit has certainly paid off.”
“This is an amazing honor for us to be selected Distillery of the Year” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. “We have a ton of respect for every nominee on this list as they are the leaders of craft distilling in Metro Detroit. To be nominated with them is honor enough – but to top the list coming from West Michigan demonstrates our commitment to crafting world-class spirits!”
O’Connor and fellow co-owner Kyle VanStrien are quick to recognize the significance of this honor and the contributions so many are making to advance the food and beverage scene in Detroit making it one of the most exciting in the United States.
“To have our distillery recognized means that the beverage industry in Detroit and across Michigan appreciates the quality of our products and the innovative nature of our portfolio,” said VanStrien. “We’re proud of our team for constantly living out our mission of crafting world-class spirits right here in West Michigan, and always pushing the boundaries of what can be made from local agriculture!”
Long Road’s no-shortcuts approach to crafting spirits and a dedication to using locally sourced ingredients has earned them numerous honors and awards, as well as international acclaim for some lesser-known spirits categories, such as their Aquavits and liqueurs. Their spirits can be found at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side and at over 1,100 retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan.