Distillery launches Patriot spirit


Long Road Distillers says Patriot Gin is an American take on a traditionally British spirit. Courtesy Long Road Distillers

A local distillery is launching a special gin in time for Independence Day.

Long Road Distillers will release Patriot Gin at 4 p.m., June 28. The gin only will be available for limited release at Long Road’s tasting room at 537 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids.

“With gin being a very British spirit in tradition and flavor, we thought to ourselves we should break from that tradition and create a gin that is uniquely American,” said Kyle Van Strien, co-owner of Long Road Distillers. “While still leading with notes of juniper as all gin should, we wanted to accentuate botanicals that are bright, fresh and citrusy that would be the perfect complement for celebrating this summer.”

The distillery will be offering half-off tastes, pours and Patriot Gin cocktails, as well as bottles for purchase. Specials will be available until closing at midnight.

“Our Patriot Gin is an idea from long ago that has finally come to life,” said co-owner Jon O’Connor. ”We are even releasing it in a throwback label that harkens back to when we first launched our brand, something fun that reminds us all of the journeys we take in life and that through hard work and optimism, we can persevere.”

Patriot Gin is bottled at 90 proof, or 45 percent alcohol by volume.

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