Limited-release Long Road MICHIGIN® will be available at the distillery and statewide November 14

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers will release Batch No. 4 of their award-winning MICHIGIN® on Thursday, November 14 when their doors open at 4 pm. The gin is crafted from 100% Michigan ingredients, including red winter wheat grown by Heffron Farms in Belding, and juniper hand-harvested on Beaver Island.

In 2017, MICHIGIN® was named the “Best Gin in the World” and awarded a Double Gold Medal at the Fifty Best Competition in New York City. Ever since, the Michigan-made spirit has been highly sought after and one of the distillery’s most popular products. Each batch is eagerly anticipated not only by visitors of the distillery, but by retailers and bars throughout Michigan.

“Crafting MICHIGIN® is such an important part of who we are as a distillery” says Kyle VanStrien, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road. “The adventure of making this product from scratch is the epitome of what we’re all about – creating products that are world-class and doing it the right way, all while using locally sourced ingredients.”

The gin’s base spirit is distilled from red winter wheat from nearby Heffron Farms in Belding, Michigan that was milled on site at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side. It has been redistilled with a variety of Michigan botanicals, including Beaver Island juniper, lemon verbena, spearmint and fennel from Visser Farms in Zeeland, and Galena hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance in Northport. The resulting gin is unlike any other and offers a clean, fresh taste of Michigan from start to finish.

Juniper is commonly sourced through purveyors from Europe or the Pacific Northwest, however it also grows native throughout parts of Michigan. For the past four years, the Long Road team has traveled to Beaver Island, approximately 30 miles northwest of Charlevoix, to hand harvest juniper berries that grow in abundance there. Despite the extra work that goes into producing MICHIGIN®, the distillery insists the resulting gin and the connection to Michigan farmers and Beaver Island make it all worthwhile.

“By harvesting our own juniper and working with local farmers to produce MICHIGIN®, we’re able to create something with a uniquely Michigan terroir,” says Kyle Shutz, Long Road’s Head Distiller. “Each year, the recipe is fine-tuned to more fully represent what we love about our State.”

MICHIGIN®, initially, has the familiar aroma of fresh pine and juniper berries, but quickly transitions into scents of cucumber, cedar, and tropical fruits. The rich juniper flavor leads the way at first taste and gradually shifts to notes of melon, vanilla, and hints of bright citrus and mint. It’s sure to please in a gin cocktail, on the rocks, or all by itself.

On Thursday, November 14, the distillery is hosting a MICHIGIN® Release Event at their Grand Rapids location to celebrate the new batch. From 4 pm to midnight, guests will be able to enjoy $5 MICHIGIN cocktails and have their first opportunity to purchase bottles of Long Road MICHIGIN® Batch No. 4 to take home.

Long Road is also hosting three complimentary MICHIGIN® Experience Tour & Tastings, offering guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of MICHIGIN® and a sampling of three unique batches: Batch No. 3, Batch No. 4 and Batch No. 2 Barrel Reserve. To participate, guests are encouraged to reserve a complimentary ticket for one of the offered tour times – 6, 7 or 8 pm – online.

In addition to the distillery’s three tasting room locations (Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Boyne City), Long Road MICHIGIN® is also available in statewide distribution for licensed retailers, bars and restaurants through Imperial Beverage Company, who distributes Long Road’s portfolio of spirits.

For more information about Long Road Distillers or to find out how you can get your hands on MICHIGIN®, please visit: www.longroaddistillers.com.

Release night specials include half-off samples and featured cocktails

Grand Rapids, Michigan – On Thursday, October 31, Long Road Distillers will release their much-anticipated Long Road Grand Absinthe. The release of this bright green spirit falls on Halloween and will include release night specials like half-off sample pours and featured spooky cocktails.

Absinthe has a long and complicated history, and until recently was banned for sale and consumption in many countries, including the United States. The wormwood infused spirit was once thought to cause hallucinations and other negative side effects. However, myths were dispelled over time, and the ban on absinthe was lifted in the U.S. in 2007.

“We’re excited to bring another unique product to the table,” said Long Road co-owner and co-founder Jon O’Connor. “Long Road Grand Absinthe is perfect in a Sazerac and other classic cocktails, or as an absinthe drip with ice cold water and a sugar cube.”

In addition to wormwood, Long Road Absinthe is made with fennel, star anise, sage and over a dozen other botanicals. The resulting spirit has the aroma and initial taste of herbal black licorice, with a long, complex finish. It is bottled at 125 proof and will retail for $50.00 per 750ml bottle.

Thursday’s release will take place at both the Long Road Grand Rapids and Grand Haven tasting rooms and will begin at 4 pm. Guests can enjoy half-off samples and featured cocktails as well as purchase a bottle or two to bring home for the first time.

Grand Rapids, Michigan – On Thursday, September 26, Grand Rapids craft distillery Long Road Distillers will release Vivant Big Red Coq Malt Whisky made in partnership with Brewery Vivant. This is the fifth release of the Long Road Beer City Whisky Series, a line-up of whiskies collaboratively made with local breweries who have helped earn Grand Rapids the title of “Beer City USA”. Vivant Big Red Coq Malt Whisky is distilled from the same mash as Big Red Coq Red IPA, a flagship beer from the Grand Rapids-based brewery.

“We’re excited for people to try out this latest collaborative release,” said Kyle VanStrien, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road Distillers. “Brewery Vivant has always been one of our favorite local brewers and they create some of the most unique and enjoyable beers around. We think this beer-turned-whisky is the perfect representation of their craftsmanship in spirit form.”

Grand Rapids has won the title of “Beer City USA” for several years running, and has also been named “Best Beer Town” and “Best Beer Scene” by USA TODAY readers. These titles are an acknowledgement of the many world-class breweries that call Grand Rapids home, but also a nod to the passionate beer lovers that support them.

The idea behind the Beer City Whisky Series stemmed from shared base ingredients between beer and whisky – namely, malted barley. To create the whiskies in this ongoing series, Long Road acquires brewers mash from local breweries and distills it into malt whisky on their 500 gallon Vendome Pot Still. After each beer is distilled into whisky, it is aged in new American Oak barrels for 12-24 months.

So far, Long Road Distillers has partnered with five Grand Rapids breweries for the Beer City Whisky Series and distilled some of their most popular beers: The Mitten Brewing Company (Mitten Country Strong IPA), Perrin Brewing Company (Perrin Black), Harmony Brewing Company/Harmony Hall (Harmony Black Squirrel Peated Porter), Greyline Brewing Company (Greyline Solshine), and Brewery Vivant (Big Red Coq Red IPA). A sixth release in the series is coming in late October, made in partnership with Creston Brewing Company.

Each whisky is released in-house at the distillery’s Grand Rapids tasting room in extremely small batches ranging from 100 to 200 bottles per batch.

Vivant Big Red Coq Malt Whisky will be released on Thursday, September 26 beginning at 4 pm at the distillery on Leonard Street.

In addition to having Vivant Big Red Coq Malt Whisky available for tastes, cocktails, and bottles to take home on Thursday, the culinary teams at Long Road and Brewery Vivant have put their heads together to create unique food pairings to enjoy alongside the whisky and drinks. The goal for the night is to have fun, but also to raise awareness about the collaborative spirit that exists in West Michigan.

Event details and menu descriptions can be found at www.longroaddistillers.com.

“We owe a lot of credit to the craft beer community for leading the way in elevating consumer expectations when it comes to quality, flavors, and a deeper understanding of how products are made and who is making them,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road Distillers. “This project continues to give us the opportunity to work more closely with our friends and peers in the craft beverage industry who share a deep commitment for doing things the right way – and we’re confident it shows in this whisky!”

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Vegan Course:
Open Faced Sandwich with Whole Grain Bread, Mushrooms, Carrot, Candy Beets, Radish, Whiskey Coq Vinaigrette, Squash Puree, Romesco

Bison Course:
Smoked Bison Sausage made with Big Red Coq, Confit White Potatoes w/ Rosemary oil, Roasted blend of Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Fall Squash Char-Grilled Carrots

Local distillery faces tough competition in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards Contests

Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, has been nominated as the Best Distillery in the country in multiple categories as part of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. The company has been nominated as the “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery”, “Best Craft Gin Distillery”, “Best Craft Vodka Distillery”, and “Best Craft Brandy Distillery” for 2019. This marks the third year that Long Road was nominated in the “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery” category.

Over their four-year history the distillery has gained lots of attention for their award-winning, locally-sourced and craft-distilled line-up of spirits, including gins, vodkas, aquavits, and whiskies.

The public will choose the winners by casting votes on 10best.com/awards. Each person may vote for their favorites once per day until Monday, September 23. Winners will be announced on October 4.

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Best Craft Gin Distillery
Best Craft Vodka Distillery
Best Craft Brandy Distillery

Long Road Distillers is one of 20 nominees, in each category, from around the country that were carefully chosen by a panel of American spirits experts. The nominating panel includes Wayne Curtis, renowned spirits and cocktail author of books including “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails”, Brian Christensen, publisher and editor of Artisan Spirit Magazine, Ziggy Eschliman, founder of ZigStyle and award-winning radio host, Kevin Gray, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bevvy, Eric Grossman, a food and beverage writer and author of Craft Spirits, and Jack Robertiello, a writer and acclaimed wine and spirits judge.

“We’re incredibly proud to receive nominations in multiple categories this year,” said Kyle VanStrien, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. “As we continue to expand our portfolio with new, exciting spirits, it’s affirming to receive accolades and honors on a national and international scale. We have a ton of respect for every nominee on each of these lists, as some have been leaders in our industry for years. To even have the chance to compete is a big deal for us.”

The distillery is quick to admit how these awards are different from many other competitions, and that they will be relying on their loyal supporters and the community in West Michigan to help them top the list of winners.

“Unlike some competitions where the judging takes place behind closed doors, this contest puts the power in the hands of those that enjoy our spirits and have supported us over the past several years,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. “We’re humbled by this nomination and hopeful that we can spread the word far and wide to take home several new honors for Grand Rapids!”

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 Aquavit. Their spirits can be found at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side, at tasting rooms in Grand Haven and Boyne City, and at over 1,750 retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan.

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Grand Rapids-Based Long Road Distillers to Open New Location in Boyne City, Michigan

New distillery Tasting Room to open in the heart of Downtown Boyne City retail district

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers announced on Wednesday that they will be opening a new distillery tasting room in Boyne City, Michigan. The northern Michigan outlet will be the company’s first offsite tasting room apart from their headquarters on the West Side of Grand Rapids where they house their production facility, cocktail bar and restaurant. Visitors to the new Boyne City location will be able to sample Long Road’s line-up of handcrafted spirits, participate in special tasting events, and purchase merchandise and bottles to-go.

“The Long Road team is thrilled to join the Boyne City community,” said Kyle VanStrien, Long Road Distillers Co-Founder and Co-Owner. “It’s a beautiful town with a thriving retail district, engaged business community, and countless activities for residents and visitors to enjoy throughout the year.”

The Long Road Tasting Room will be located at 118 Water Street in the heart of the Central Business District in Downtown Boyne City. It will share a storefront with The Outdoor Beerdsman, a befitting partnership considering the handcrafted nature of the retailer who designs and prints their own apparel, and creates custom jewelry, all in-house.

“We’re excited to have Long Road Distillers join our downtown business community,” said Ashley Cousens, Executive Director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. “We think they’ll be a great compliment to the many options we have for residents and visitors to enjoy – our retail shops, brewpubs, restaurants, wineries and bars. This will add another unique attraction and a line of handcrafted products that help highlight the agricultural bounty of Michigan.”

Northern Michigan has become a vital part of the Long Road story and holds a special place in the hearts of VanStrien and fellow Co-Owner and Co-Founder Jon O’Connor.

“We are committed to using Michigan-grown ingredients in our spirits whenever possible,” said O’Connor. “MICHIGIN, our 100% Michigan ingredient gin, depends on ingredients grown in Northern Michigan. Our team spends several days each fall harvesting juniper on nearby Beaver Island, and we’ve incorporated galena hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance in Northport to add a citrus component to the gin’s botanical makeup.”

“As we’ve done in West Michigan, we’re excited to build partnerships with Boyne area farmers to develop new products that highlight the unique terroir of the region,” adds O’Connor.

While an official open date has not been announced, Long Road Distillers is actively seeking applicants for a Tasting Room Manager and Retail Associate team members.

To learn more about employment opportunities or to stay up to date on the Long Road – Boyne City location, visit fb.me/LongRoadBoyneCity.

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About Long Road Distillers:

Long Road Distillers was born from the belief that making world-class spirits means never taking shortcuts along the way. After becoming the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Long Road Distillers formed relationships with local farmers to bring that mission to Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Each spirit produced at Long Road Distillers is milled from locally sourced ingredients, fermented, and distilled on-site. The result is an uncompromised lineup of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Whisky and more. Their spirits, along with a handcrafted collection of cocktails and a wide variety of food can be enjoyed at their Grand Rapids Tasting Room, and visitors will soon be able to enjoy samples of their spirits and purchase merchandise and bottles to-go at their Boyne City Tasting Room.  For more information, visit www.LongRoadDistillers.com or find Long Road Distillers on Facebook or Instagram @longroadgr.

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Long Road Distillers Named Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the Country

Grand Rapids distillery takes top honors in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards Contest for second straight year

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Internationally recognized Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, has taken home top honors for the second year in a row and was named “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the United States” as part of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Over their three-year history the distillery has gained lots of attention for their award-winning, locally-sourced and craft-distilled line-up of spirits, including gins, vodkas, aquavits, whiskies, and liqueurs.

Long Road Distillers topped a list of 20 nominees from around the country that were carefully chosen by a panel of American spirits experts. The public then had the opportunity to vote for their favorites over the course of four weeks. The nominating panel included Emily Arden Wells, editor and founder of Gastronomista; Brian Christensen, publisher and editor of Artisan Spirit Magazine; Ziggy Eschliman, founder of ZigStyle and award-winning radio host; Kevin Gray, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bevvy; Eric Grossman, a food and beverage writer and author of Craft Spirits; and Jack Robertiello, a writer and acclaimed wine and spirits judge.

“We’re excited to share this honor with our friends and supporters for a second 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, and we’ve admired them as leaders in our industry for years. To be nominated with them is honor enough – but to top the list is truly humbling!”

O’Connor and fellow co-owner Kyle VanStrien are quick to recognize how this award is different from past honors, and credit not only their team, but also their loyal customers, guests, family and friends.

“Unlike some competitions where judging takes place amongst a few individuals, this contest offers those that enjoy our spirits around the country an opportunity to show their support,” 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 1,000 retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan.

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About Long Road Distillers:

Long Road Distillers was born from the belief that making world-class spirits means never taking shortcuts along the way. After becoming the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Long Road Distillers formed relationships with local farmers to bring that mission to Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Each spirit produced at Long Road Distillers is milled from locally sourced ingredients, fermented, and distilled on-site. The result is an uncompromised lineup of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Whisky and more. Their spirits, along with a handcrafted collection of cocktails and a wide variety of food can be enjoyed at their tasting room on Leonard Street. www.LongRoadDistillers.com

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Grand Rapids Distillery to Release Apple Brandy Made in Partnership with Local Orchard, Cidery

Long Road Apple Brandy will be released on Tuesday, October 9 at the Long Road Distillers Tasting Room

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers will release a new barrel-aged Apple Brandy on Tuesday, October 9, at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side. Statewide distribution of Long Road Apple Brandy will follow later this month.

Long Road Apple Brandy was made in partnership with Schaefer Orchard and Pux Cider Company based out of nearby Conklin, Michigan. The 80-proof spirit has been aged in used whisky barrels for nearly a year, allowing flavors to mellow and develop over time, resulting in bright apple and honey aromas, and a dry floral finish.

“Considering our proximity to one of the best fruit growing regions in the world, we view fruit brandies as a huge opportunity for us to highlight local agriculture,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road, referring to the Fruit Ridge located just north of Grand Rapids. “We’re really pleased with the way the tart, local apples shine through in Long Road Apple Brandy. The varieties of apples and the style of cider Pux is making really lend themselves to high quality brandy.”

To celebrate the release, Long Road will be offering half-off samples and featured cocktails at the distillery from 4pm to Midnight on Tuesday, October 9. It will also be the first opportunity to purchase a bottle of Long Road Apple Brandy to bring home.

Follow along and stay up to date on release details through the distillery’s FaceBook page @longroaddistillersgr.

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About Long Road Distillers:

Long Road Distillers was born from the belief that making world-class spirits means never taking shortcuts along the way. After becoming the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Long Road Distillers formed relationships with local farmers to bring that mission to Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Each spirit produced at Long Road Distillers is milled from locally sourced ingredients, fermented, and distilled on-site. The result is an uncompromised lineup of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Whisky and more. Their spirits, along with a handcrafted collection of cocktails and a wide variety of food can be enjoyed at their tasting room on Leonard Street. www.LongRoadDistillers.com

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Long Road Distillers Nominated as Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the United States

Local distillery faces tough competition in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards Contest

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, has been nominated as the “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the United States” as part of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. This marks the second year in a row for their nomination. Over their three-year history the distillery has gained lots of attention for their award-winning, locally-sourced and craft distilled line-up of spirits, including gins, vodkas, aquavits, and whiskies.

The public will choose the top 10 by casting votes on 10best.com. Each person may vote for their favorites once per day until September 3. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 14.

Long Road Distillers is one of 20 nominees from around the country that were carefully chosen by a panel of American spirits experts. The nominating panel includes Emily Arden Wells, editor and founder of Gastronomista, Brian Christensen, publisher and editor of Artisan Spirit Magazine, Ziggy Eschliman, founder of ZigStyle and award-winning radio host, Kevin Gray, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bevvy, Eric Grossman, a food and beverage writer and author of Craft Spirits, and Jack Robertiello, a writer and acclaimed wine and spirits judge.

“This nomination is another incredible honor for us,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. “We have a ton of respect for every nominee on the list, and some have been leaders in our industry for years. To even have the chance to compete against them is a big deal for us.”

The distillery is quick to admit how this award is different from other competitions, and that they will be relying on their loyal supporters and the community in West Michigan that has garnered similar national attention for the craft beer scene that has developed over the years to help them top the list of winners.

“Unlike some competitions where the judging takes place behind closed doors, this contest puts the power in the hands of those that enjoy our spirits and have supported us over the past several years,” said Kyle VanStrien, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. “We’re humbled by this nomination and hopeful that we can spread the word far and wide to take home another win for Grand Rapids!”

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 Aquavit. Their spirits can be found at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side and at over 1,000 retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan.

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About Long Road Distillers:

Long Road Distillers was born from the belief that making world-class spirits means never taking shortcuts along the way. After becoming the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Long Road Distillers formed relationships with local farmers to bring that mission to Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Each spirit produced at Long Road Distillers is milled from locally sourced ingredients, fermented, and distilled on-site. The result is an uncompromised lineup of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Whisky and more. Their spirits, along with a handcrafted collection of cocktails and a wide variety of food can be enjoyed at their tasting room on Leonard Street. www.LongRoadDistillers.com

About 10Best.com: 10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.

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Long Road Distillers Announces New Honors from Seattle International Spirits Competition

Grand Rapids distillery awarded 6 new medals, including 2 Double Golds, for locally made spirits.

Seattle, WA – Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers has announced a handful of new honors for their line of locally crafted spirits, including top honors for two of their products. At the Seattle International Spirits Competition, held earlier this month, Long Road Raspberry Liqueur and Long Road Original Aquavit were awarded Double Gold Medals. Other awarded spirits were Long Road Gin (Gold), Long Road Wheat Whisky (Gold), Long Road MICHIGIN (Silver), and Long Road Old Aquavit (Silver).

Hundreds of spirits from around the world were entered into the competition from regional, national and international producers. The double-blind competition was based on a 100-point scale with the goal of recognizing and celebrating world-class spirits with consumers, enthusiasts and industry professionals. Samples were evaluated in category flights and scored individually, with judges casting their votes for Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze for each qualifying category.

“We’re extremely excited to receive this recognition for our portfolio of spirits, but especially eager to share the accolades for our Raspberry Liqueur,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road Distillers. “This is the first opportunity we’ve had to enter it into competition. Taking home a Double Gold certainly re-affirms our decision to begin crafting this line of seasonal spirits with West Michigan-grown agriculture.”

Long Road Raspberry Liqueur was made with raspberries grown by DeLange’s Redberry Farm in nearby Hudsonville, MI. It is the first in a line-up of seasonal liqueurs the distillery is releasing this summer. Long Road Cherry Liqueur and Blueberry Liqueur will be released in the coming months, followed by their popular Nocino in the fall.

“We’re fortunate to find ourselves in the epicenter of some of the world’s best agriculture,” said Kyle VanStrien, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road. “It only makes sense for us to utilize and highlight the ingredients we have just miles from the distillery. We look forward to continuing our work with local farmers to bring the West Michigan flavors we love so much to other parts of the state and beyond!”

Long Road’s line-up of internationally recognized spirits is available for purchase at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ west side, and at over 900 specialty retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan. To find a retailer near you, visit www.longroaddistillers.com/spirits-finder/

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About Long Road Distillers:

Long Road Distillers was born from the belief that making world-class spirits means never taking shortcuts along the way. After becoming the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Long Road Distillers formed relationships with local farmers to bring that mission to Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Each spirit produced at Long Road Distillers is milled from locally sourced ingredients, fermented, and distilled on-site. The result is an uncompromised lineup of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Whisky and more. Their spirits, along with a handcrafted collection of cocktails and a wide variety of food can be enjoyed at their tasting room on Leonard Street. www.LongRoadDistillers.com

About the Seattle International Spirits Competition:

The Seattle International Spirits Competition is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most comprehensive distilled spirits and liqueurs awards program. It brings together distilled products from local, regional, national and international producers to recognize and celebrate world-class spirits with consumers, enthusiasts and industry professionals. The Third Annual Seattle International Spirits Competition was held at The Swedish Club in Seattle, WA.

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November 14th
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MICHIGIN is the first 100% Michigan-sourced and Michigan-made gin, made with red winter wheat grown by Heffron Farms Market, juniper hand-harvested by our team on Beaver Island, and a handful of select botanicals grown by our friends around the state, including spearmint from Visser Farms and hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance!
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Seasonal Spell:
Michigin. Cherry Liqueur. Hibiscus. Cinnamon. Plum. Lime. Aromatic Bitters. Mint. 2-4 people 👌
Instagram post 2168576304423799111_1930914612 Sunday brunch pairs perfectly with our new cocktail menu. We open at 10am in Grand Rapids & 9am in Grand Haven. See you in the morning!
Instagram post 2167738611318046536_1930914612 Whether you’re here for our new Grand Absinthe, or coming in to try our new cocktail menu, we’re looking forward to serving you this weekend. 
Cheers to a great November friends!
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