Always love to spend time at "The Bay". Seems everyone else does as well, but this year we got to Traverse City as the Annual Film Festival ended, and things were quieter, and so relaxing! However, on the trip up and while we were there we managed to visit distillers and make new friends in the Distilling business. Over the next week or so we will discuss in detail - but right now, just wanted to fill you in one the Who, What, Where, When of it all.

Bier+barrel+still+%232.jpg On our trip up we stopped in Sparta Michigan, there we followed the GPS to Bier Barrel Distillery, located inside Celler Brewing. Within minutes we met Joel Bierling and we struck up a great conversation. Devil's Message Rum is a clear rum with a distinctive aroma. I think you'll enjoy reading more about our taste test and how I managed to drain 1/2 bottle in just a few hours.... There are Five spirits distilled there and we will touch on those in the next blog.

Still+One.jpg While In Traverse City, we often visit the Leelanau Peninsula. Last year we came upon Northern Latitudes Distillery and sampled their Manitau Passage Rum. If you have read our Spirits Taste 2013 you read about our opinion of this great mixer rum. Additionally their line of spirits beyond Rum is excellent. They are introducing a Ginger Vodka  we always stock up on their Limoncello di Leelanau. Really you gotta taste their line! We will talk more about our visit in a later blog.

grand+traverse+img_logo.png Finally we managed to stop at Grand Traverse Distillery. I have gone there nearly every year since we found it some 5 years ago. Their Vodka was the first attraction and they have added SO much more. The best thing is we talk to Landis Rabish the Distiller and discuss rum, Scotch as well as other Distilled products -- Epic end? we taste a 9 month aged Rum, still waiting to find its best -- And talk of White Rum and more... That too will come in a blog just days away... 

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