If you haven’t noticed the booming beer, wine, and distillery explosion happening all around you, it’s time to get out there and try a “crafted cocktail” at one of these amazing establishments. Although some places have a long history, the recent popularity of local breweries, distilleries, and wineries has expanded far and wide in Michigan. There are so many new options that you’re never far from a place to relax and enjoy one of these locally crafted libations.
Michigan boasts over a hundred breweries, a hundred wineries, and over 30 craft distilleries. This business is providing a much needed boost to Michigan’s tourism industry and the local farmers and producers providing the raw ingredients to make these cocktails.
Most of these establishments are using locally grown ingredients. The grains and fruits needed to craft the unique offerings are often locally grown and delivered directly to the breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the area. The unique Michigan climate and harvest contributes to the clever flavor combinations offered in these brews, wines, and cocktails.
Some of these recently visited in the far corners of our state include:
Round Barn Winery, Distillery, and Brewery, Baroda – here you can take your pick of a glass of wine, a crafted cocktail, or a crafted brew. The setting is just stunning along with the grounds. If you’re lucky enough to get a day you can enjoy your drink outside, you’re truly lucky!
Vierling Brewery, Marquette – this is a long established brewery and is getting a renewed shot of popularity along with all the growing interest in the microbrew frenzy. This brewery is downtown Marquette on the bay. Just a beautiful area all around and makes Michigan proud to have the UP as part of our great state.
Black Star Farms, Traverse City Area – this is truly an operating farm with many locations throughout the Traverse City Area. This is what Michigan tourism is about. They offer a bed and breakfast, dining options, a winery, distillery, and will provide a perfect setting for your special event.
Jolly Pumpkin, Detroit – the Detroit scene is growing continuously in this area of interest and the Jolly Pumpkin’s decision to open this year on Canfield in Detroit is a welcome addition. The style of this place is welcoming and their crafted beers and cocktails are excellent. Again – welcome to the “D”!