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Is there any better way to spend a Thursday evening with friends than by heading down to Coppercraft Distillery in Holland and getting a lesson or two on the basics of cocktail making while sipping on your new found creations? I think not.

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Jimmy Carter legalized homebrewing back in 1978, but home distilling has remained illegal since the days of prohibition. Commercial distilling at the craft level however is starting to explode (no pun intended) in Michigan with more and more new distilleries opening every year. New Holland Brewery was the first to begin distilling and has been doing so now for 10 years now with a full production distillery and a line of well respected and award-winning spirits including the likes of Beer Barrel Bourbon, and Hatter Royale. With Tinman Whiskey Lab located back at the pub, the brewery has been able to take distilling back to the craft level and also offer a unique opportunity for the public to sit in and actively take part in small batch distilling without having to worry about keeping the feds off their back.

This year, New Holland Artisan Spirits in Holland, Michigan is putting its Prohibition-era still to work, with the release of three new spirit offerings. The award-winning creator of craft beer and artisan spirits will release an orange liqueur – Clockwork Orange and two barrel-aged offerings –Knickerbocker Barrel Gin and Barreled Hatter Royale starting this spring.

Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Birmingham’s newest taproom, biergarten, brewing and distributing facility, has officially added house made vodka and gin to its expanding drink menu.


American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) hosted their ACDA Awards Ceremony on March 14 to celebrate some of the finest craft spirits in the country. Prior to the event in Denver, CO, craft distillers submitted spirits in the categories of whiskey, gin, brandy, rum and moonshine to an expert panel, who in return awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in each category.

Production began in April 2013 at Holland’s Coppercraft Distillery, with a public tasting room following later in the year. The location is easy to find, right off from US-131 on 184 N. 120th Ave. Initial offerings include two vodkas, rum, and gin with a trio of white whiskeys being the latest addition to the lineup; corn, wheat, and rye. The distillery was started by co-owners Mark Fellwock and Walter Catton both who share backgrounds in accounting. The ingredients for their craft spirits are locally sourced.
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