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Craft spirits maker wins Best Gin at global competition (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

A local craft spirits maker has won the Best Gin honor at a global blind-tasting competition for gin. The gin by Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers won the top honor and a double-gold medal at the recent Fifty Best gin event, which included 17 pre-qualified judges tasting 41 gins. Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery also took home…

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Distillery’s spirits win global honors (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

A West Michigan distillery has won its second double gold medal and best of show in an international competition. Long Road Distillery won double gold for its Long Road Aquavit at the 16th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this month. That honor follows on the heels of the double gold best of show…

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Craft spirit makers stand out at international competition (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

A local distillery is on par with a $199 bottle of Dewar’s 1846 Signature Scotch Whiskey. Long Road Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids won Double Gold and Best in Show this month at the Denver International Spirits Competition for its Aquavit, the same honors the Dewar’s scotch took home. “From the beginning, it was…

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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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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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Craft spirit maker begins distribution (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

A local distillery has launched its Michigan distribution. Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids launched two of its spirits into statewide distribution this month. The distillery’s gin and vodka are now available to all restaurants, bars and retailers in Michigan. The distillery opened in May, and distribution is coming right about when co-owners Kyle Van…

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Craft spirits maker opens event space (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

A local distillery has opened up an addition. Long Road Distillers just opened its upstairs, The Rickhouse at Long Road, at 537 Leonard St. NW. Event space The space holds 160 people and is available for special events and general overflow on the weekends. The space rents for $100 an hour for a three-hour minimum…

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Long Road Distillery offers ‘bathtub gin’ kit as part of prohibition museum exhibit (Mlive.com)

During the prohibition era, people used to distill their own liquor in their bathtubs. Long Road Distillery, the recently opened craft distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side, is offering an unusual way to remember that slice of American history. In conjunction with the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s opening of the exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise…

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