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Spirits maker rolls out next batch of all-Michigan gin

November 28, 2019
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Michigin Batch 4
Courtesy Long Road Distillers

A local distillery has released a new batch of an award-winning spirit.

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers rolled out the fourth batch of its award-winning MICHIGIN earlier this month.

"Crafting MICHIGIN is such an important part of who we are as a distillery,” said Kyle Van Strien, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road. "The adventure of making this product from scratch is the epitome of what we’re all about — creating products that are world-class and doing it the right way, all while using locally sourced ingredients."

The gin’s base spirit is distilled from red winter wheat from nearby Heffron Farms in Belding that was milled on site at the distillery on Grand Rapids’ West Side. It has been re-distilled with a variety of Michigan botanicals, including Beaver Island juniper, lemon verbena, spearmint and fennel from Visser Farms in Zeeland and Galena hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance in Northport.

“By harvesting our own juniper and working with local farmers to produce MICHIGIN, we’re able to create something with a uniquely Michigan terroir," said Kyle Shutz, Long Road’s head distiller. "Each year, the recipe is fine-tuned to more fully represent what we love about our state.”

MICHIGIN was named the "Best Gin in the World" and awarded a Double Gold Medal at the Fifty Best Competition in New York City in 2017.

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