MUSKEGON, MICH. - A micro-distillery opens to the public tomorrow on West Western Avenue in Muskegon.
The four partners opening the 18th Amendment Spirits Company spent more than a year finalizing permits and licensing. Much of that time was also spent transforming the former Muskegon Savings and Loan Bank building.
The building was once part of the Muskegon Mall and was saved during demolition.
The distillery is offering small batch vodka, clear rum, bourbon and rye whiskey -- and later this year, a gin. They will also serve foods including: wood-fired specialty pizza, salads and meat and cheese plates.
Owners wanted to be a part of the transformation of Muskegon's downtown and offer a product that's becoming more and more popular around the state and country.
"The craft spirits industry from what we have seen and what our research shows that it is following the craft beer industry but about 10 years behind, so we are seeing the growth potential for craft distillery's taking off," says Mark Fellwock, 18th Amendment owner and distiller.
"I believe there are about 25 of us who are involved in the same kind of industry as we are in different facets."
18th Amendment opens to the public Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m.
Drinks will be served from an authentic Brunswick bar that was built in the late 1800s that the owners found in Colorado.
The distillery brings 20 jobs to downtown Muskegon.
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