Spirits maker releasing straight bourbon


Courtesy Long Road Distillers

A local distillery is releasing a long-awaited batch of bourbon.

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers said last week it will release Long Road Straight Bourbon whisky on April 10 at its location, at 537 Leonard St NW.

Statewide distribution will follow later in April.

Straight whisky, by definition, must be aged at least two years in a new American oak barrel that has been charred on the inside, according to Long Road.

Long Road Straight Bourbon is one of the first products the company, which opened in 2015, distilled.

"We've experimented with countless recipes and barrel profiles, and in the end, we feel like we took the time to get this one just right, without taking shortcuts,” said Jon O'Connor, co-founder and co-owner, Long Road Distillers.

The whisky's mash bill consists of corn and wheat from Heffron Farms in Belding and malted barley from Pilot Malt House in Byron Center.

The whisky will be bottled at 93 proof, or 46.5 percent alcohol by volume.

Leading up to the release, Long Road will be posting educational blogs on the significance of bourbon to the beverage industry, as well as "what makes a whisky straight and dispelling some common myths."

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