A Checklist to Celebrate West Michigan Distilleries & Spirits

Michigan is home to many accomplished craft distillers producing whiskey, vodka, gin, and more. Many of these distilleries have received high honors and have become West Michigan favorites. Here are some suggestions of where to raise a glass, or grab what you need to make a cocktail at home. 

1. Enjoy a hand-crafted drink in a historic space 

Journeyman Distillery is a hand-crafted, certified organic, and certified kosher whiskey and spirits distillery located in the historic Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks. Journeyman produces vodka, gin, rum, and a variety of whiskeys.


2. Try mead made with fresh, local ingredients

The best mead is made from fresh fruit and raw honey, and Great Mead Hall & Brewing Company in Bangor sources local ingredients to ensure the freshest possible. 

If you’d rather head North, another of our favorite mead stops is St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah.

3. Tastings in Saugatuck

For award-winning, handcrafted spirits in Saugatuck, be sure to stop by the New Holland Brewing Spirits Tasting Room where you can enjoy tastings and a variety of innovative, handcrafted cocktails.

4. Grab a to-go cocktail kit

Crafting authentic spirits from grain to bottle with natural elements in the heart of Grand Rapids — that’s the story of Eastern Kille distillery. Find cocktail recipes to try at home or order cocktail kits to go through their online store

Add canned cocktails from Holland’s Coppercraft Distillery to your shopping list next time you head to the grocery store! A perfect option for a beach day getaway, family cookout, or a hike in the woods, these cocktails in a can are sure to fuel even the thirstiest of explorers.


5. Book a Weed, Wine, and Whiskey Tour in Bear Lake

Welcome to Northern Michigan and all it has to offer! In summer 2021, The Bella Vista Inn, located in Bear Lake, will be offering Weed, Wine, and Whiskey Tours for adults over 21 that want to experience some of the best wineries, breweries, and whiskey distilleries in the country, as well as several local dispensaries. Book a tour with Bella Vista’s designated driver to have a great day of fun and exploration in the area. 


6. Enjoy an outdoor tasting tour in Traverse City

Photo: Grand Traverse Whiskey

Discover several unique distilleries in the Traverse City area, including Grand Traverse Distillery, Iron Fish Distillery, Mammoth Distilling Traverse City Outpost, Northern Latitudes Distillery, and more. You can also find locally crafted spirits at Black Star Farms, Chateau Chantal, and other area restaurants. Each distillery brings something special to the table. This winter, bundle up and enjoy an outdoor tasting tour, or pop in to buy a bottle of your favorite spirits. Can’t make it up north? Find cocktail recipes and virtual tasting opportunities online.

7. Taste the local flavor in Charlevoix

Photo: Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau

Calling all craft beverage drinkers! Charlevoix welcomes you to try Northern Michigan beer, wine, and spirits. Maximize your time by booking a guided tour with one of the area’s local tour companies that will help get where you need to go and take away the stress of driving.

8. Make a stop in Bellaire

A trip to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort is not complete without a stop in beautiful Downtown Bellaire. Known best for Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire is also home to Mammoth Distilling Tasting Room. Together, along with other local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, downtown Bellaire has become a refreshing destination to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, beer, mead, cider, and wine. 

Short’s Brewing’s new indoor taproom in Elk Rapids, The Pull Barn, slated to open early 2021, will feature 20 taps of the freshest Short’s on the planet —it’s right next to their production facility after all—and ample indoor seating. Light snack food will be available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic or order takeout and have it delivered. No reservations needed, walk-ins welcome.

9. Try Mammoth Distilling, Bay Harbor style

Mammoth Bay Harbor offers a comfortable and relaxing space where friends and family can connect for an enjoyable afternoon or evening together. Offering all the great cocktails, classes, and events you expect from Mammoth, now in Bay Harbor style.

10. Explore more Michigan craft spirits

Photo: Michigan Craft Beverage Council

Learn more about the Michigan small batch spirit producers and distilleries with the Michigan Craft Distillers Association and the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. 


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