Monday, February 02, 2015

Cellar Brewing launches Bier Distillery line of Craft Spirits

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Bier Distillery has been quietly producing quality craft spirits from Cellar Brewing’s location out of Sparta, Michigan since late 2013 but has only recently received necessary labeling and distribution approval to make their full line of spirits available outside the brewery. In fact, the distilling license actually predates current owner Chuck Brown’s ownership and the brewery still offers flavored vodkas which has long allowed for mixed drink options for customers in addition to craft beer. For upgrading the distilling component, the new owner has brought in new equipment as well as brought in distiller Joel Bierling to oversee operations.
Bier Distillery’s current line of craft-distilled spirits include non-barrel aged products such  as Just the Shine Moonshine, Heart Cut Vodka, as well as Gin and Rum. Also available is the Sole Cry Rye White Whiskey which also be featured soon in a 1-year aged Reserve version. 6-month barrel aged products are also currently available which include planked Devil’s Message Rum and the “oldtime” version of Just the Shine Moonshine. Recently, as an experiment, several of the Cellar Brewing beers have been distilled to be previewed at an upcoming DrinkGR meetup scheduled for Thursday, February 19th starting at 5:30 PM.

Bier Distillery has recently hosted tastings at various Grand Rapids locations including Tuscan Liquor & Deli, Bellavino’s Fine Wine & Spirits, and Rishi’s International Beverage and will be expanding soon into neighboring Cities & Townships also, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest info: https://www.facebook.com/BierDistillery. Another upcoming opportunity that is not to be missed is the DrinkGR meetup on location at Cellar Brewing in Sparta. Make sure to join on Facebook to take advantage of discounts and prize giveaways. DrinkGR is the premier network for purveyors of fine adult beverage in West Michigan and surrounding regions, and can be checked out via the following link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DrinkGR/.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.