Archive for: February, 2014


Grand Rapids Business Journal Names Newsmakers of the Year

There’s a lot more to Long Road Distillers than just being Grand Rapids’ first distillery. Kyle Van Strien and Jon O’Connor took an old grocery store on the west side and turned it into a state-of-the-art distillery that, within the first year of operation, is already one of the state’s largest. As long-term proponents of…

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Crafting a renaissance on GR’s west side (MiBiz)

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Grand neighborhood in Grand Rapids soon will offer residents and visitors the ultimate trifecta when it comes to craft alcoholic beverages. That’s because a local cidery plans to open a tasting room in the growing neighborhood along West Leonard Street, a development positioned to complement its neighboring businesses: a microbrewery and…

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New and familiar West Michigan venues hosted spirited performances by the likes of Bigfoot Buffalo, Olivia Mainville, Lady Ace Boogie, Mavericks & Monarchs and others, documented in Local Spins photos. (

Anticipation and curiosity. They always greet the debut of a new performance venue, and such was the case Saturday night for Long Road Distillers on Leonard Street NW in Grand Rapids when it officially christened “The Rickhouse” upstairs, attracting a sizable and lively crowd. Of course, it helps when you pump up the lineup with…

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Distillers grapple with truth in advertising (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

With craft distilling on the rise, some are cashing in without even making their own product. By Pat Evans and Jesse O’Brien for the Grand Rapids Business Journal The story behind a bottle of spirits sitting on the shelf might be murkier than its contents. Look closely at that bottle and the label can be…

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Hard cider maker plans urban tasting room (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

The West Leonard beverage scene is growing bigger. Hard cider maker People’s Cider Co. is planning to open a tasting room in Grand Rapids, at 539 Leonard St. NW, next door to craft spirits maker Long Road Distillers, at 537 Leonard St. NW, and at the same corner as Mitten Brewing Co., at 527 Leonard…

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Grand Rapids food scene in 2016: Where to eat, what to eat and how we should eat it (Rapid Growth Media)

As we welcome the new year, Grand Rapids is perfectly positioned to embrace what’s on our plates and in our glasses. Michigan is an agriculturally rich, vibrant state that offers produce and proteins in tune with the seasons. This year, we are ready to take hold of that, expand upon it and West Michiganders are…

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