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New craft spirits maker expanding operation

May 12, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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18th Amendment Spirits Co. is based in downtown Muskegon. Photo via fb.com

A new distillery recently opened in the region — and it is already planning to expand its operation.

18th Amendment Spirits Co. opened last month in Muskegon, at 350 W. Western Ave., as a cocktail bar serving its spirits, as well as pizza and salads. The distillery was announced in late 2015.

With a lack of production space, 18th Amendment partnered with Three Oaks-based Journeyman Distillery to produce its recipes, allowing the new business to open with products it designed, including aged products using its own recipes and barrels.

18th Amendment does have a 125-gallon still on site at its tasting room, primarily for re-distillation of spirits.

“(Journeyman) gave us a good start,” said Mark Fellwock, who founded 18th Amendment along with Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. Co-Founder Michael Brower.

“It helped us get the doors open. Not a lot of places can open with their products. They were made using our specifications and our barrels.”

The distillery opened with a clear rum, vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey.

Open for nearly a month, Fellwock said the reception has “exceeded what we anticipated by quite a bit.”

The exceeded expectations and real estate connections with investors have allowed 18th Amendment to expedite its expansion plans.

18th Amendment received approval from the Muskegon City Commission for a small distiller license at a facility at 1150 Seventh St.

Fellwock said the site would allow the company to manufacture and barrel-age products.

It could be several months before the facility receives full approval from other governmental bodies, Fellwock said.

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