The creation of these spirits is nothing new, but dozens of West Michigan distillers are breathing new life into these classic drinks.
Founded in Holland in 2012, Coppercraft Distillery was one of Michigan’s first licensed distilleries and, despite stiff competition, is growing rapidly. Coppercraft was recognized earlier this year as the best distillery in Michigan to drink local by Supercall Magazine and as the Michigan Bourbon Distillery of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition. Most recently, their Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named USA Spirit Ratings’ Spirit of the Year, earning top marks for quality and packaging. Coppercraft offer tours of the distillery year-round, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as private tours for special events.
Atwater Brewery & Spirits in Grand Rapids has a seasonal cocktail menu made with Atwater Liquor, distilled on the east side of the state. Their featured cocktails are their D’Russian, Dirty Mary, and Spiced New Fashion. Make sure that these must-try cocktails in downtown Grand Rapids are on your radar!
Bier Distillery in Grand Rapids comes from a long line of bakers and brewers. Today, they are looking for a way to put their stamp on a family tradition with their distilled spirits. Now with a new production facility and tasting room located in Comstock Park, Bier Distillery offers handmade cocktails crafted to highlight each of their 12 spirits using herbs grown on-site and homemade syrups and mixers. Bier Distillery invites you in for a drink, but most importantly, they want you to take some time for yourself, shoot the breeze, and share in this communal space.
Other Traverse City vintners and brewers are also getting in on spirits. Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay has their own distillery where they create fruit-based brandies that capture the essence of northern Michigan fruit. They are generally known as Eau de Vie-style spirits which is French for “water of life.”
Keep an eye out for the new offerings from Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Holland. They currently have a handful of spirits in development, so keep an eye out for their new offerings.
Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids has a lineup of handcrafted spirits that is quickly becoming some of the most sought after and highly acclaimed in the world. Long Road’s no-shortcuts approach starts with 100% locally grown grain and fruit, with each product made start to finish in Grand Rapids.
Mammoth Distilling in Central Lake distills craft spirits that capture the essence of their Northern Michigan home. Overlooking the glacial waters of Torch Lake, they are inspired by the beauty that surrounds them in every season. They use locally grown grains and botanicals, including corn and rye from Harbor Springs, lavender from Petoskey, apples and pears from Bellaire, cherries from Traverse City, and white pine from Central Lake, so you know what you’re drinking comes from wonderful northern Michigan.
Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau has their still right in the tasting room! When you come into Northern Latitudes, one of their friendly knowledgeable “spirit guides” will introduce you to each of their 14 spirits and then pour four free samples of your choice. Have their bartender create a delicious cocktail for you, then sit back and relax at one of the eclectic tables while watching their distiller distill your favorite spirits.