Internationally recognized Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, was just awarded Distillery of the Year at the first-ever Golden Jigger Awards in Michigan. Over their three-year history, the distillery has built a reputation for the quality and innovation utilized in producing their 100% Michigan distilled line-up of spirits, including gins, vodkas, aquavits, whiskeys, and liqueurs.

The West Michigan Tourist Association  reported that Long Road Distillers topped a list of 5 distillery nominees from around Michigan selected by the team at Winners were then chosen by a combination of a public vote, a panel of Metro Detroit Food and Beverage Media, hospitality industry professionals and the team at

Courtesy WMTA
Courtesy WMTA

"This is an amazing honor for us to be selected Distillery of the Year” said Jon O'Connor, co-owner and founder of Long Road Distillers. "We have a ton of respect for every nominee on this list as they are the leaders of craft distilling in Metro Detroit. To be nominated with them is honor enough – but to top the list coming from West Michigan demonstrates our commitment to crafting world-class spirits!”


Long Road's no-shortcuts approach to crafting spirits and a dedication to using locally sourced ingredients has earned them numerous honors and awards, as well as international acclaim for some lesser-known spirits categories, such as their Aquavits and liqueurs. Their spirits can be found at the distillery on Leonard Street, on Grand Rapids' West Side and at over 1,100 retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan.

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