Anyone following foodie-beverage trends, probably noticed that craft distilleries are popping up almost as rapidly as microbreweries a few years back. Instead of the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am effect, these craft or micro-distilleries are taking a softer approach to their liquor making, developing flavors and subtleties that result in a more pleasurable liquor drinking experience. A food-wine-beer haven, it’s no surprise that Northern Michigan is jumping on the bandwagon, with new distilleries adding to the already sterling foodie reputation Up North.
Rachel North, marketing director for Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine l MyNorth.com l MyNorth Media, shares her first visit experience at Northern Michigan’s newest distillery, Northern Latitudes. Check out this excerpt and read the rest of her blog, before heading to Northern Latitudes for a taste-test of your own.
“Northern Latitudes is flanked by Trish’s Dishes and the Fish Hook on Highway 204 (Duck Lake Road) just east of the bridge over the narrows of North and South Lake Leelanau. Know it by the glowing pergola where the still pokes up through the roof, it’s copper, silver and brass tubing glistening and sparkling.
Below, the Northern Latitudes tasting room bar is a sunny yellow pine. Tasters can enjoy a free taste of bourbon, vodka and soon, gin, served in a heavy, mini shot glass. Or, proprietors Mandy and Mark Moseler serve signature cocktails for purchase, using their spirits. And then you can buy a bottle or two or a case to enjoy at home.
It’s a large tasting area with clubby chairs and a kids corner to keep them entertained while you and your friends languish in the language of liquor…”