Grand Rapids is home to the best craft spirits in the nation, according to readers of USA Today.
Long Road Distillers received the “Best Craft Specialty Spirits Distillery in the United States” designation as part of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.
Over its two year history the distillery has gained lots of attention for its award-winning, locally-sourced and craft distilled line-up of spirits, including gins, vodkas, aquavits, and whiskies.
Long Road topped a list of 20 nominees from around the country that were carefully chosen by a panel of American spirits experts. The public then had the opportunity to vote for their favorites over the course of four weeks.
The nominating panel included Emily Arden Wells, editor and founder of Gastronomista, Brian Christensen, publisher and editor of Artisan Spirit Magazine, Laura Johnson, founder of You & Yours Distillery and craft cocktail blog Distillerista, and Arthur Shapiro, writer and publisher of Booze Business and author of Inside the Bottle: People, Brands and Stories.
Jon O’Connor, co-owner and founder of Long Road, called the recognition “an incredible honor.”