Michigan: Law change, craft beers pave way for microdistilling’s spirited growth

on 14/02/11 at 2:34 pm

Booze News

The first time John Dyer distilled his own alcohol was after a hunting trip to northern Michigan with a couple of buddies and his dog, a German wirehaired pointer named Ruger.

His friend bet him he couldn’t make his own whiskey — and lost.

Dyer said that at the time he had no idea he would turn to craft distilling as a business. But that changed with a 2008 revision to Michigan law that eased the barriers to entry for artisan spirit producers.

Since then, there has been a proliferation of microdistilleries, including Dyer’s Chelsea-based Ugly Dog Vodka LLC. Twenty-six microdistillers have opened in the state since the law change.

The law lowered the price of a microdistiller’s license from $10,000 to $150, and it was rewritten to include non-fruit-based alcohol. It also allows microdistillers to sell products on location without a Class C liquor license.

{Full story via Crains Detroit}

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