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The TinMan Whiskey Lab

A couple of weeks ago, we told you all about our upcoming trip to take part in the New Holland TinMan Whiskey Lab. Well, the trip is complete, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. The day started bright and early (very early, given how late we were at the pub the night before!)…

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We’re Off To See The Wizard

Tomorrow, we’re headed to New Holland Brewing Company to participate in the TinMan Whiskey Lab. The program, named after that rusted woodsman who wished for a heart in the Wizard of Oz, is an homage to the author, L. Frank Baum, who had a love affair with the city of Holland during the early 1900’s.  The team…

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A Trip to Ugly Dog Distillery

If you happen to find yourself at the corner of North Territorial and Stofer Rd. between Dexter and Chelsea, you are either lost or looking for quality vodka. When I found myself here, it was for the latter, and Jon from Ugly Dog was nice enough to give my wife JoAnn and I a tour….

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“Hey Bartender” Cocktail Documentary Makes Michigan Debut

“Hey Bartender,” a film documenting the comeback of the bartender and the rebirth of the cocktail, comes to metro Detroit.

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Q&A with the Founders of Two Birds Artisan Spirits

Check out this Q&A session with Ryan and Nate, the founders of Two Birds Artisan Spirits, to find out how they got started and see what we can expect from them in the future.

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Art of A Cocktail Contest

The rules of Art of a Cocktail were pretty simple: create an artisan cocktail featuring New Holland Spirits and a local Michigan product. ArtPrize was the inspiration for the contest, as New Holland wanted to do something to showcase Michigan beverages during the event. I had the pleasure of judging this contest on Monday, October…

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Help Bring Craft Beer to Detroit!

Emily has put together plans for Detroit’s first craft beer focused retail tasting room, providing a wide-range of high-quality brewed options to the city. Vote to help her win Hatch Detroit and make her dream a reality!

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10 Favorite Spirits of 2011

We’ve shared our favorite beers & our favorite wines of 2011 this week. Now it’s time to take you through our 10 Favorite Spirits of the year! This list was especially fun to make – the spirits industry here in Michigan is getting bigger and better every day, and Audrey and I have had such…

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2011 Drink Michigan Craft Cocktail of the Year

We are very excited to announce that The Suttons Bay Sex Party is the winner of our 2011 Craft Cocktail Contest!  This recipe was submitted by Tom Swift, a Berkley, CA resident who spends his summers at his vacation house on the Leelanau Peninsula. As the winner, Tom  will be featured at The Henry Ford Museum’s…

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Craft Cocktail Contest – the Final 3

We are very excited to present the 3 finalists in our first ever Drink Michigan Craft Cocktail Contest!  These 3 cocktail recipes received the most votes over the last week, and will now move on to the finals, where a panel of judges will taste each one, and judge them in 4 categories: Taste Appearance Uniqueness…

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Voting Is Open – Drink Michigan Craft Cocktail Contest

We are very excited to present the entries for the first annual Drink Michigan Craft Cocktail Contest! We have been blown away by the creativity that the participants displayed in mixing up these fantastic cocktails that showcase Michigan spirits. Cast your votes by leaving a comment on the recipe you like best.  You are welcome to…

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Drink Michigan Craft Cocktail Contest

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about, cooking with, and drinking all the fantastic beer and wine made right here in Michigan over the last year.  But that’s not all that Michigan makes – we are also home to fantastic distilleries.  To celebrate the spirits made right here at home, we’re kicking off the…

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