Spirits maker is finalist for national titles


The Lower Westside cocktail by Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers features Long Road vodka, Michigan raspberries, orange cordial and lime. Photo via fb.com

A local company is vying to be the nation's "best" distillery in multiple categories.

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers has been nominated for several spirits-related polls as part of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards.

The distillery has been nominated as the “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery,” “Best Craft Gin Distillery,” “Best Craft Vodka Distillery” and “Best Craft Brandy Distillery” for 2019. This marks the third year that Long Road was nominated in the “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery” category.

"We’re incredibly proud to receive nominations in multiple categories this year,” said Kyle Van Strien, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. “As we continue to expand our portfolio with new, exciting spirits, it’s affirming to receive accolades and honors on a national and international scale. We have a ton of respect for every nominee on each of these lists, as some have been leaders in our industry for years. To even have the chance to compete is a big deal for us.”

The public will choose the winners by casting votes on 10best.com/awards. Each person may vote for their favorites once per day until Monday, Sept. 23. Winners will be announced on Oct. 4.

Long Road Distillers is one of 20 nominees, in each category, from around the country chosen by a panel of American spirits experts. The nominating panel includes Wayne Curtis, author of books including “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails,” Brian Christensen, publisher and editor of Artisan Spirit Magazine, Ziggy Eschliman, founder of ZigStyle and award-winning radio host, Kevin Gray, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bevvy, Eric Grossman, a food and beverage writer and author of “Craft Spirits,” and Jack Robertiello, a writer and acclaimed wine and spirits judge.

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