We’Re Visiting Holland And Muskegon Next On Our Tour Of Michigan Craft Distilleries

May 14th, 2017

HOLLAND, MI – Amy Sherman and I had a great day on Friday when we visited two long-time craft distilleries: Round Barn Winery, Brewery and Distillery in Baroda and Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks.

We learned so much about the industry, and we sampled some tasty spirits.

Overall we were impressed with the passion these distillers have for making a quality product, and we loved meeting the the mixologists, who are making creative, locally sourced cocktails.

We loved the beautiful still at Round Barn.

And meeting owner Bill Welter, his family and crew at Journeyman.

In case you missed our story last week, our goal on this search is to shed a spotlight on Michigan’s emerging craft distillery scene.

Overall we’ll be visiting about 26 distilleries to seek out some of the state’s best vodkas, gins, whiskeys, tasting rooms and cocktails.

Look for our complete coverage at mlive.com/michigansbest.

On Monday we’re back on the road. Here is our schedule:

Monday, May 15, 2017


11 a.m. – New Holland Brewing Pub on 8th, 66 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423.

12:30 p.m. – Coppercraft Distillery, 184 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424.

3:00 – New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker, 417 Bridge St. NW Grand Rapids, Michigan, MI 49504.

We had planned on visiting 18th Amendment Spirits Co., 350 W Western Ave., in Muskegon. Initially we thought we we could work out a special tasting since it’s closed on Mondays, but we learned this morning that owners are not available.

If you’re in the area, please feel free to join us. We loved to share, assuming your 21, of course.

And yes, we have a designated driver.

If you have questions about the industry, we would love to hear them. As I said earlier, our goal is to compile a useful guide that we will make available in a few weeks.

Follow our live coverage on these social media channels for photos, videos, updates and more:

Amy Sherman on Twitter @amyonthetrail, as well as Facebook and Instagram

John Gonzalez on Twitter @michigangonzo, as well as Facebook and Instagram

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