Sanctuary Spirits was opened in Grand Ledge in March of 2014 by Karl Glarner and Tolin Annis as a small batch distillery and winery. Sanctuary Spirits originally opened as an expansion of The Red Salamander home beer & wine making supply store which shares space in their building which was converted from a historic church. Last year, Sanctuary Spirits welcomed head brewer Erik Swanson into the fold, offering small batch craft beer in a newly renovated tasting room featuring furnishings handcrafted from retired whiskey barrels provided by Bourbon and Barrel.
Sanctuary Spirits celebrated their 2 year anniversary on Saturday, March 5th. The celebration included a bloody mary bar, live music from local band The Armcriers, and the launch of the VIP Club including a unique 2016 VIP Club coin. Fans camped out overnight to be the first to join the club limited to 300 members for the first year. Brewer Erik Swanson featured 13 different taps brewed on his 10 gallon nano-system for the anniversary party ranging from a Cream Ale and Hoppy Red to the Quinnsland Brown, Porter, and Mocha Stout. IPAs were also well represented including the Black IIPA, Sunshine DIPA, and a series of rotating SMaSH (Single Malt, Single Hop) beers. Erik plans on upgrading to a 40 gallon brew system very soon.
A limited amount of commemorative t-shirts was available for the 2 year anniversary party. Also new at Sanctuary Spirits is the 5 glass bourbon barrel stave beer flight from Bourbon and Barrel. 2016 looks to be another year of expansion and bigger and better things at the Grand Ledge distillery, winery, and nanobrewery. Sanctuary Spirits is located at 902 E. Saginaw Hwy. and current hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.