Spirits maker releasing limited-edition gin


A bottle of Old Michigin gin. Courtesy Long Road Distillers

A Grand Rapids distillery is releasing a special version of its award-winning spirit in a limited number of bottles.

Long Road Distillers will release a barrel-aged version of Michigin, or Old Michigan, today when its doors open at 4 p.m.

Under 200 bottles will be released and will only available at the distillery, at 537 Leonard St. NW.

Michigin’s base spirit is distilled from red winter wheat from Belding and milled on-site at the distillery on Grand Rapids' West Side.

It is then re-distilled with a variety of Michigan botanicals, including lemon verbena and fennel from Visser Farms in Zeeland, lemon balm from Creation Farms in Beulah and Galena hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance in Northport.

The original Long Road Michigin was named Best Gin in the World at the Fifty Best Competition in July and sold out shortly after the announcement.

The next batch of Michigin is slated for an early November release.   

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