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Northern Michigan: A Distillery Destination

Dec. 4, 2023

Long known for its wine and craft beer scenes, northern Michigan has in the last decade or so also developed a very strong reputation for distilled spirits—products like whiskey, gin, vodka, and more. That’s a direct result of the innovative distilleries that have opened their doors throughout our region in recent times.

As they’ve become established, these distilleries have produced award-winning products that are attracting national attention and earning distribution throughout Michigan and far beyond. And while there are more distilleries here now than ever before, those in the business say a rising tide lifts all ships.

“We never take for granted the vibrant and positive atmosphere of Michigan’s distilling scene,” said Chris Fredrickson, president and co-founder of Traverse City Whiskey Company. “We’re so fortunate to be surrounded by abundant talent in the industry who consistently innovate and introduce products that instill a sense of pride in people across the state.”

This week, the Northern Express — sister publication of The Ticker — catches up with five local distillers to find out what’s new, what’s exciting, and what’s next. Read the Northern Express online, or pick up a free copy on newsstands at nearly 700 spots in 14 counties across northern Michigan.

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