Long Road celebrates five years with new release

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Long Road Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Whisky Courtesy Long Road Distillers

Long Road Distillers will celebrate its fifth anniversary this weekend with a limited release of a new offering, Long Road Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Whisky.

“Obviously, we never expected to celebrate our five-year anniversary under the circumstances we find ourselves in,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road Distillers. “All of our locations are closed to dine-in service, and we’ve been producing more hand sanitizer over the past eight weeks than craft spirits.”

Unique environment aside, the distillery wanted to mark the anniversary with something special. The bottled-in-bond designation is a significant milestone in the life of a distillery and carries with it certain requirements that go above and beyond.

“We can’t throw the party this birthday deserves, but we’re grateful for the opportunity to still offer takeout service of spirits, cocktail kits and food,” O’Connor said.

A bottled-in-bond whisky must be distilled in a single distilling season for a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof. These requirements were established by the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897.

Only a single barrel of Long Road Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon will be available this week, less than 180 bottles in total.

Since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order March 16 to shut down dining rooms of bars and restaurants, the team at Long Road Distillers has shifted gears to produce hand sanitizer and to offer takeout of cocktail kits, craft spirits and, more recently, food from their Grand Rapids kitchen.

Orders for Long Road Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon and a variety of other spirits and kits can be placed through the takeout section of the company’s website and picked up at any of its three tasting room locations this weekend. A full list of days and hours of operation are available on the site.

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