Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, will release a series of brand new whiskies made in partnership with four Grand Rapids breweries. They will be released each month over the next four months. The first in the line-up of the Long Road Beer City Whisky Series, Mitten Country Strong Malt Whisky, will be available at the West Side distillery beginning at 4 pm on Tuesday, May 23, as part of the distillery’s 2 Year Anniversary Celebration.
“We’re proud to be part of the craft beverage scene in Grand Rapids,” said Jon O’Connor, Co- Owner and Co-Founder of Long Road Distillers. “We credit the breweries in this City with laying the groundwork for folks like us to open up and be successful – they’ve earned us the title of Beer City USA and we wanted to create a product that celebrated the collaborative nature of the industry here.”
Grand Rapids has won the title of “Beer City USA” for several years running, and has also been named “Best Beer Town” and “Best Beer Scene” by USA TODAY readers. These titles are an acknowledgement of the many world-class breweries that call Grand Rapids home, but also a nod to the passionate beer lovers that support them.
The idea behind the Beer City Whisky Series stemmed from shared base ingredients between beer and whisky – namely, malted barley. To create the four whiskies in this series, Long Road acquired brewers mash from each brewery and distilled it into malt whisky on their 500 gallon Vendome Pot Still. After each beer was distilled into whisky, it was aged in new American Oak barrels for 12-24 months.
Long Road Distillers has partnered with four Grand Rapids breweries for the initial year of the Beer City Whisky Series and distilled some of their most popular beers: The Mitten Brewing Company (Mitten Country Strong IPA), Perrin Brewing Company (Perrin Black), Harmony Brewing Company (Harmony Black Squirrel Peated Porter), and Greyline Brewing Company (Greyline Solshine).
Each whisky will be released in-house at the distillery over the course of four months in extremely small batches ranging from 100 to 200 bottles per batch.
The first release in the series, Mitten Country Strong Malt Whisky, will be available beginning at 4 pm on Tuesday, May 23 at Long Road’s 2 Year Anniversary Celebration. Up to 40 bottles of the whisky will be available for reservation for the public by signing up for a brief tour and tasting, guided by the production teams of Long Road and The Mitten, and will include a side-by-side tasting of Mitten Country Strong IPA and the Mitten Country Strong Malt Whisky.
“We’re excited to share this collaborative spirit with others,” said Kyle VanStrien, Co-Owner and Co- Founder of Long Road. “There’s nothing better than working with friends to create something unique and new. I think these whiskies will excite everyone from the craft beer aficionado to the adventurous whisky drinker!”